Junior Football: Five-star Crusaders turn on style to eclipse derby rivals

Kirkstall Crusaders under 17's Whites
Kirkstall Crusaders under 17's Whites
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Kirkstall Crusaders Under-17s Whites returned to winning ways in style with a 5-2 defeat of Leeds City Juniors Under-17s in Division 2A and 2B of the Harrogate League.

Kyle Wilcock and Rexhep Ejupi both bagged braces with captain Liam Marshall completing the scoring. ’Keeper Elliot Watmough took the man of the match plaudits while fine performances also came from Ryan Blackburn and James Northam.

Elsewhere, Hall Green United Under-16s fell to a 4-2 loss at home to Brighouse Under-16s in Division Four of the Huddersfield League. Despite a good committed performance and some good football, Green were trailing 3-0 at the break. Ryan Zammuto and Bradley Kynaston pulled the score back to 3-2 but the visitors broke to score as Green looked for an equaliser.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Earthquakes Under-15s enjoyed a 6-1 win at Farsley Celtic Juniors Under-15s in Division One of the Garforth League in a game switched to Throstle Nest. Ryan Smith heading home an Aaron Chapman corner to give Horsforth a fifth-minute lead with Tom Sugden slotting home the second after Nathan Hunt’s shot was parried.

Farsley then rallied and hit the post but five minutes before half-time Horsforth bagged their third as Smith headed home his second. Immediately before the interval Farsley pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but Horsforth restored their three-goal lead after the break when Chapman slotted home his second after good play from striker Ollie Armitage. Horsforth then netted their fifth five minutes later with a well-placed shot from Sugden and Chapman then got Horsforth’s sixth from the penalty spot. Farsley then hit the crossbar late on and also forced Horsforth ’keeper Dan Resendez into one excellent save.

Throughout the game, Horsforth were also grateful for some strong defending from Smith, Dominic Moroney, Callum Hamilton and Kierren Sandhu. James Heaton also performed well late on after coming on as a substitute.

In Division Four, Kirkstall Crusaders Under-15s regained top spot from Farsley Celtic Juniors Under-15s with a 2-0 beating of them. The deadlock was broken thanks to a wonder strike from in-form striker Luke Binder with Kirkstall bagging their second just before half-time through a cool finish from man of the match James Thorpe

Elsewhere, Ossett Town Juniors Under-14s suffered an agonising exit from the County FA Junior Trophy as Glen Juniors Blue Under-14s sealed a 6-5 win on penalties. The shoot-out success followed a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes and a 4-4 stalemate after extra-time.

Despite their valiant efforts, a Town brace from Bailey Holderness supported by strikes from Ellis Longstaff and Tyler Dewhirst ultimately proved in vain.

Hall Green United Under-14s made it four wins out of four with a 2-0 success at home to Hepworth B Under-14s in Division Three of the Huddersfield League. Dan Harder opened the scoring with a superb long range effort in the first half but Green failed to convert a host of chances to increase their lead before the half-time break. In the second half Hepworth began to press Green before James Smith sealed the match with a strike from just inside the Hepworth box. Man of the match was awarded to Brandon Hewlett for his outstanding performance in midfield.

Ossett Town Panthers Under-13s fell to a 5-3 loss at Clifton Rangers Under-13s in Division 4A of the Huddersfield League.

Reece Cowan, Callum Burden and Sebastian Fealy all hit home for Panthers whose Lewis Cartledge took the man of the match award.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Colts Under-12s maintained their 100 per cent record with a 3-1 success at home to Whitkirk Wanderers Whites in Division One of the Garforth League (9-a-side).

A well disciplined Whitkirk outfit proved hard to break down in the first half but the second period was a different story with Kirkstall taking the lead through Joska Westerman. With Horsforth pushing for a second, Whitkirk broke away to round returning ’keeper Tom Conlon to level but Horsforth were soon back in control. With a shuffle of the pack, Horsforth first brought on Jack Appleyard who rose majestically to head in superbly from a corner 2 - 1. Lucas Sefton then threaded the ball through to the hardworking Charlie Webb who slipped the ball past the oncoming keeper to seal the victory.

Gildersome Spurs Under-12s earned a point with a 3-3 draw at home to Garforth Rangers in Division One of the Garforth League. An early strike from Brandon Salmon put Spurs in front, quickly followed by Josh Clarks first goal of the season.

A Garforth own goal put Spurs 3-0 up but a strike just before half time put the visitors back in the game. Garforth then scored a second after the restart before an own goal from Spurs made it 3-3.

Hall Green United Under-12s slipped to a 4-1 loss after giving a scare to title favourites and hosts Shelley Under-12s in Division Three of the Huddersfield League. Green took the lead when Max Fletcher flicked the ball on to Luke Pollard to coolly finish after nine minutes. But two well-taken goals from the home team, that both started with Green miss-kicks, saw the half end 2-1 in Shelley’s favour.

A far post tap in from a corner then an absolute stunner of a shot sealed the win for Shelley but we made them work for every inch of ground. The Green player of the match went to Xander Barraclough who kept the right side secure with Courtney Rezvani taking the best attitude winner.

Hall Green United Under-9s B shared a 2-2 draw at Hade Edge Under-9s in Division L of the Huddersfield League. The home team took an early lead but United replied with a solo run and unstoppable strike from Jack Copley. After conceding again, a second half goal from man of the match Sam Stokes put United back on level terms and gave them a share of the spoils.

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