WITH a penalty shootout just 90 seconds away, Vauxhall Reserves snatched a dramatic extra-time winner to win the Pyke Cup against Heswall on Good Friday.
The 3-2 success at Cammell Laird destroyed their opponents' league and cup dreams but gave the Motormen the first of three possible trophies this season.
Heswall drew first blood on 12 minutes with Peter McNulty pouncing on a knockdown to give keeper Farr no chance.
The Motormen remained undaunted and after hitting the crossbar on 34 minutes, deservedly equalised three minutes later with Nick Scholes drilling home a superb free kick from 20 yards.
Heswall pressed for the winner in the last 20 minutes but Vauxhall's rearguard weathered the pressure.
Following the introduction of substitutes Philly Greenhalgh, Gareth Drury and Tom Lyness, the Motormen began to look the better side in extra time.
In the first period, the Heswall defence was breached as Greenhalgh reacted quickest to put Vauxhall in front.
After the sides had turned around, Heswall levelled through Mark Jackson.
But with thoughts of a penalty shoot-out fast approaching, Heswall failed to clear from a throw-in and the ball fell invitingly for Kevin Davies to smash the home from close range and give Vauxhall their second success in the competition.
Saturday's Division One action saw valiant Ellesmere Port pocket three priceless points in their battle to avoid relegation in a crucial 2-1 victory at Ashville, with Richie White and Darren Toal applying the finishing touches.
By their own admission, bottom club Port are still in deep trouble, but with rivals General Chemicals and champions Newton also sucked into the equation, there is still a glimmer of hope.
A solitary effort from Simon Thelwall was enough for Castrol Social to secure all three points against Aintree Villa.
In Division Two, the wheels appear to have come off Capenhurst Villa's promotion bandwagon after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Ashville Reserves.
Big wins for the top two clubs, Mond Rangers and New Brighton, have now left Villa nine points in arrears.
At the other end of the table, Saturday saw the season's first casualty with Manor Athletic relegated after their 3-2 defeat at FC Building Boards.
Division Three leaders Willaston were disengaged on Saturday, which enabled nearest rivals New Brighton Reserves to draw level on points following their 4-1 win at Ellesmere Port Res, despite Mark Roberts obliging with Port's consolation.
Willaston retain pole position on the strength of a two-goal advantage.
Grange Athletic travelled to third-placed Merseyside Police Reserves and boosted their outside chances of promotion, securing a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Phil Selby, Brian Finlay and Mike Shepherd.
Fixtures (Midweek 6.15pm unless stated, weekend 3pm) - Tonight - Division One: Ellesmere Port v Newton. Division Two: Poulton Victoria Res v Capenhurst Villa (7.30pm). Division Three: Shaftesbury v Willaston.
Saturday - Division One: Aintree Villa v Castrol Social; Ellesmere Port v Christleton; Merseyside Police v Vauxhall Res. Division Two: Capenhurst Villa v Heswall Res. Division Three: Grange Athletic v St Werburgh's; Willaston v Shaft-esbury.
Monday - Division One: Newton v Vaux-hall Res. Division Two: Capenhurst Villa v FC Pensby. Division Three: Blacon YC v Willaston; Grange Athletic v MBNA.