Leeds Sunday League: On-song Richmond Hill give top dogs mountain to climb in cup

East Leeds Celtic beat West Leeds Wortley 4-3 in the President's Cup with goals from Steve Johnson, Dale Venable (2) and Adam Wood. PIC: Steve Riding
East Leeds Celtic beat West Leeds Wortley 4-3 in the President's Cup with goals from Steve Johnson, Dale Venable (2) and Adam Wood. PIC: Steve Riding
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RICHMOND HILL took Leeds Sunday League top dogs Chapeltown Fforde Grene all the way to penalties before the league leaders eventually booked a place in the Barrass Trophy final.

Following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, Fforde led 3-1 in extra-time through a Dave Allinson double and Hassan Ahmed strike but Richmond forced a shoot-out with goals from Dave Newsome, James Cowlam and Aaron Dix.

But Fforde then squeezed through with a 4-2 success on penalties to book an Easter Sunday final at Bracken Edge where they will face East End Park WMC who were 4-0 victors against Harehills WMC.

Lee Fowler’s double was supported by strikes from Joel Hutchinson and Ben Olbison.

In the Championship, Kirkstall Crusaders maintained their 100 per cent record with a 6-1 cruise at bottom club The Woodcock. A Joel Hughes hat-trick, Martin Loveridge double and Kyle Wilcock strike brought up the half dozen before Chris Ward’s late consolation.

Second-bottom Western Juniors were denied a second league win of the season as fourth-bottom visitors Halfway House Bramley hit a late leveller in a 4-4 draw. Daniel Keenaghan and Chris Evans hit doubles for Juniors but strikes from Joe Penman, Andy Fields and Luke Tibble earned the visitors a dramatic point.

In the Presidents’ Trophy, East Leeds Celtic guaranteed a top two finish in Group B with a 4-3 triumph at home to West Leeds Wortley who drop to second. Two goals from Dale Venables plus one each from Adam Wood and Stephen Johnson saw Celtic triumph, with a Liam Copland brace and Mark Ferguson effort not enough for Wortley. They need to avoid defeat at home to third-placed Halfway House Bramley in their one remaining game to finish in the top two.

In Group A, West Leeds Armley put the gloss on their second-placed finish by edging a 6-4 thriller at home to pointless Bramley Villagers.

Shane Collins stole the show for the winners as he netted a four timer to go with efforts from Sam Russell and Alan White. On target for the Villagers were Matty Lofthouse, Mo Ishaq and Lev Macsay.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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