HOCKEY: JULIE Dunn scored a career first hat-trick to give Winnington the Cheshire Plate, at Bowdon on Saturday.
Park scored first, with an unstoppable shot from a penalty corner from sweeper Dunn, after Karen Thwaites was impeded.
They should have had more but missed their chances - Thwaites, Miller and Davies all going close.
Winnington were caught on the break as Sale began to cope with the unpredictable pitch and they frustrated the Park forwards continually, often illegally.
Sale had one player given a green card in the first half and one player sent off in the second, for persistent illegal tackling.
In the second-half Park were again guilty of missing chances and Sale began to make headway themselves. They were rewarded after 50 minutes when a fortunate bounce gave their centre forward an opportunity from close range which she promptly volleyed into the roof of the Park goal.
It began to look as if Park would salvage nothing from their season.
Park pushed forward but nothing fell for them until an infringement in front of goal resulted in a penalty flick and a sending off for the Sale perpetrator.
There were just 39 seconds remaining on the clock. Dunn, Park's specialist flick taker, stepped up. The flick was delayed while a member of the Bowdon club was asked to cease his abuse of Dunn from behind the goal.
Leftwich schoolteacher Dunn, however, kept her composure and sent her flick high into the Sale net to take the final into extra time.
Park dominated the additional period but were always in danger of conceding on the break, until another infringement in the 'D' gave them their 10th penalty corner.
Eileen Miller shifted the ball short to Dunn, who, instead of smashing a shot or passing across goal, deftly pushed the ball towards goal. The ploy worked and the ball rolled over the Sale line.
There were one or two close calls for Park in the remaining minutes, but goal-keeper June Brassington ensured they kept their lead. There were just minutes on the clock when Thwaites made sure of victory, going through one-on-one with the Sale keeper and scoring another trademark solo effort.
Park are scheduled to meet a Cheshire Xl at Sir John Deane's on Saturday (11am).
Winnington Park 8 Northern 4: Dennis Topping (4), Mark Leigh (2), Rob Booth and Danny Moores played their part in a Winnington romp.
They were 4-0 up at half time, all the goals from the stick of Topping.
However, three minutes into the second half their lead had been cut to one goal as Northern suddenly caught the scoring bug.
But the next strike came from Park when an illegal stop from the defender resulted in his dismissal and a penalty which was converted by Leigh. He then scored from a penalty corner before standing back to allow Booth to force home the seventh goal.
The game was completed by a goal from each side in the last five minutes.