Junior football: Extra-time heartache as Panthers are pipped in cup

Churwell Lions Under-9s sponsored by Bennetts Butchers in Morley.
Churwell Lions Under-9s sponsored by Bennetts Butchers in Morley.
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OSSETT Town Panthers Under-14s suffered an agonising 3-2 loss after extra-time at home to Littletown Under-14s in the Huddersfield Junior Football League Cup.

The Panthers were returning to action after a break of several weeks owing to bad weather and the Christmas period.

Sunday’s game was played in atrocious conditions on a boggy pitch which cut up as the game went on, and Town were quickly 2-0 down as a consequence of being unable to clear balls into the box. But after the dual early setback, Panthers responded and for 20 minutes they were literally camped in the Littletown half, aided to some extent by the strong wind.

Amidst an all-action first half, a foul on Reece Cowan in the box saw him step up to convert the penalty to reduce the deficit to 2-1 and Jordan Clarke soon levelled the scores with a fine shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The Panthers then pressed to take the lead but squandered numerous chances and also failed to get on the end of several excellent dead ball deliveries from Ben Fishman.

The scores were level 2-2 at the interval and again at full time with extra time beginning with both teams pressing for a winner.

But it was the hosts who had the final say with long ball over the top from Littletown catching the Panthers defence and goalkeeper out, leaving their forward with an open goal to put the ball into to make it 3-2.

Chris Colley and Ben Fishman stood out for Panthers with Colley rarely making a mistake.

Fishman excelled with his passing, dead ball deliveries and willingness to show the aggression required.

Despite the bad weather, Churwell Lions Juniors had a busy weekend with Churwell Lions Black Under-15s obliging 3-0 at Yorkshire Amateurs Under-15s in Division One of the Garforth League. Danny Link’s double was supported by a Jamie Hanson strike.

Churwell Lions Blue Under-15s also raced to a 7-2 success at home to Drighlington Under-15s in the Garforth League Cup. A Lucas Scott hat-trick and Reece Brown double was supported by a goal each from Callum Hirst and Danny Link.

Churwell Lions Under-14s enjoyed a 3-0 victory at home to Gildersome Spurs Under-14s in Division Two.

A Tom Davidson double was supported by a Harrison Lott strike for Churwell whose Brandon Smith scooped the player of the match award.

Churwell Lions Under-13s shared a 2-2 draw with visiting Wortley Juniors Under-13s in Division Three.

But Churwell Lions Yellows Under-13s slipped to a 3-1 reverse at home to Beeston Juniors Under-13s in Division Four.

Elliot Mercer’s strike proved only a Lions consolation. Matthew Clegg and Jordan Burton were on target for the Lions.

Churwell Lions Under-12s fell to a 3-0 loss at Colton Junior Knights Under-12s in Division Two.

But Churwell Lions Juniors Under-11s savoured a 4-1 success at home to Colton Juniors Under-11s in Division Three.

Joshua Cummins notched a brace for Churwell with Kairn Rigby and Logan Gordon also netting as Adam Megson took the player of the match award.

Elsewhere, Batley Juniors Under-16s maintained their position at the top of Division Two of the Huddersfield League after beating Dalton Dynamos Under-16s 3-2.

In blustery conditions, Batley went ahead inside 20 minutes with a well taken Juvahne Lewis finish but Juniors then found themselves 2-1 down at half-time. However, with the wind behind them in the second half, Batley fought back to record victory thanks to a second strike from Lewis and a trademark Juniors third goal. Great work from the ever-dangerous Lewis and hard working Brook saw one-touch football open up the Dalton defence and Kierna Illingworth popped up to calmly slot past the advancing goalkeeper.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s enjoyed a 7-2 success at home to local rivals Horsforth St Margaret’s Broncos Under-14s in Division Three of the Garforth League. Player of the match Caleb Masiyiwa, Jumaar Johnson and Jamaal Whyles all notched braces for Kirkstall with Kasim Janghir also netting.

Ossett Albion Under-13s slipped to a 5-3 defeat against visitors Queensbury Under-13s in Division One of the Huddersfield League.

Aided by a strong wind, Albion dominated the first-half and went 3-1 up after a 30-yard screamer from Ben Clarke, an equally impressive 20-yard strike from Tommy Wood and an individual effort from Luke McGrath. Albion would have been out of sight but for twice striking the woodwork and seeing the Queensbury keeper pull of a string of fine saves but facing the elements in the second-half Albion were under constant pressure and Queensbury converted their chances to grab the victory.

William Lobley’s brilliant second-half hat-trick was in vain as Colton Juniors Under-12s slipped to a 6-3 home defeat to top-of-the-table Whitkirk Under-12s in Division Three of the Garforth League. A string of outstanding saves from keeper Ryan McCormack had kept Colton to within one goal at the break and they levelled the scores shortly after the re-start when Lobley finished off his surging run into the teeth of a gale – and through the heart of the Whitkirk defence - with a well-taken goal.

Whitkirk wasted no time in restoring their lead only for Lobley to peg them back on two more occasions before three late goals handed the visitors a good win.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-10s endured mixed emotions in two games at Castleford Town Under-10s in the Garforth League Two Team League A.

Kirkstall won the first game 5-2 with two goals from Lucky Moyo and a hat trick from Rohan Tafesse with some great assists from Liam Cade.

In the second game they came from 3-0 down to narrowly lose 3-2.

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