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Two Billys jubilant after last-four heroics.

Staveley ................................................ 2 Dunston UTS ........................................ 2 (Dunston UTS win 3-2 on aggregate) SPEECHLESS, Billy Irwin talked all night. Billy Montague, secretary and renowned crooked spire critic - "They must've sacked the roofer on that job!" he said, in Chesterfield - sang songs about tomatoes and Bob the dog.

Among players, management and committee, there were tears. Alan Pardew, who had spoken at the club's sportsman's dinner last Thursday, sent chairman Malcolm James a congratulatory text, recommending a good tailor.

But most poignantly of all, after Dunston UTS beat Northern Counties East Premier side Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday to join West Auckland Town in the first-ever all-Northern League final, at Wembley next month, Irwin dedicated victory to the club's late physio, Matty Annan.

"I'm so emotional, words can't describe it," said Irwin. "I live in Dunston and I'm going to be leading my home team out at Wembley. It's just what dreams are made of, this is what football's all about.

"I've got a bunch of players who played for nearly an hour with 10 men in a semifinal away from home, and we've come away with a win. I'm speechless - even though I'll talk all night.

"I'll never see scenes like this again, I'm taking Dunston to Wembley. Just to say that is brilliant. It's going to be a Hell of a party in Dunston tonight. I want everyone in Dunston to be celebrating." Leading 1-0 from the home leg, Dunston were pegged back by Simon Barraclough's early goal. Andrew Bulford struck back, but was then sent off following two yellow cards.

Worse still, Chris Coy quickly levelled matters. But displaying immense depths of bottle, Irwin's side stood firm, and in the 84th minute Steven Goddard settled it. "My mind was fuzzy in the morning, and it was blank during the game, I was in a daze for half of it," Irwin added. "But Harra (assistant manager Tony Harrison) kept me right, and we knew Goddard had to be involved somehow. He came on and got the winner.

"It's a brilliant day. Congratulations to West Auckland, they'll be as delighted as us and it's going to be a great day for the North East."

The only downside was a spot of trouble among a small section of rival supporters, though, it must be said, not people normally associated with such a well-run club as Dunston.

Otherwise, it was all good. Oh, except for midfielder Ian 'Fishy' Herron, who on Vase away trips routinely organises a prematch team quiz. "Ah man," he bemoaned, "we're going to have to do another quiz now!" STEVE BROWN MATCH FACTS STAVELEY: Deakin, Smith (Clarke 84), Fawcus, Jones, Staley, Patterson (Hall 56), Coy (Thornton 67), Fores-Chambers, Damms, Barraclough, Fox.

DUNSTON: Connell, Cattanach, Robson, Swailes (Herron 60), Galbraith, Craggs (Burns 46), Young (Goddard 73), Shaw, McAndrew, Dixon, Bulford. Referee: Dean Mohareb (Stockport) Attendance: 1050
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2012

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