Leeds Sunday League: Red alert as East End continue momentum

West Leeds Wortley's heroes in the 6-3 defeat of East Leeds Celtic. Stood are Garratt Cadden, Geordie Rosendale and Matthew Cunningham. Kneeling are Mark Ferguson and Liam Copland.
West Leeds Wortley's heroes in the 6-3 defeat of East Leeds Celtic. Stood are Garratt Cadden, Geordie Rosendale and Matthew Cunningham. Kneeling are Mark Ferguson and Liam Copland.
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East End Park WMC continued their stellar start to their Terry Pears Premier Division campaign with a thrilling 5-4 home win over RXA Red Star.

After successive 3-1 wins against SB United and Chapeltown Fforde Grene Sunday, Paul Sykes led the way this weekend as the league leaders maintained their 100 per cent record.

Sykes bagged two goals alongside efforts from Ben Olbison, Liam Carney and Ian Emmett.

Red Star, who had started their season with a 2-1 win at Harehills WMC, trebled their goal tally for the campaign thanks to Ripon Ali notching a brace coupled with Akeel Rogers’ strike and an own goal, but it wasn’t enough as East End held out.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Fforde Grene continued their ominous form of late, backing up last weekend’s 7-0 away thrashing of SB United with a 4-0 victory over Richmond Hill on home turf.

After failing to win their first two games of the year, David Allanson netted twice to help his side to their second win of the campaign. Kane Blair and Jason Stapleton were also on target as the pre-season title favourites begin to climb the table.

In the Championship, West Leeds Wortley moved to the top of the table thanks to an entertaining 6-3 win over the previous leaders, East Leeds Celtic.

Mark Ferguson took the headlines with two goals as Liam Copland, Geordie Rosendale and Garrett Cadden also scored alongside an own goal by East Leeds’ goalkeeper. In reply, Joe Phillips equalled Ferguson’s effort before a Steve Johnson penalty.

Meanwhile, Kirkstall Crusaders kept their 100 per cent record intact courtesy of a 3-0 win at Bramley Villagers. They shared the goals around on Sunday with Kyle Wilcock, Nick Gray and James Douglas all notching a goal each.

But it was Craig Mullanay who stole the second tier show, taking home the match ball as he produced a stunning four-goal haul in West Leeds Armley’s 5-3 triumph at rock-bottom Western Juniors.

Western were 2-0 down at one stage but Mik Brown (2) and Chris Evans helped stage a fightback to make it 3-3. However, ut that was as good as it got for the winless Juniors as Steve Quinn capped off the hosts’ first win of the season.

Next week’s Premier Division action will see East End Park travel to Harehills, while Richmond Hill host Chapeltown as RXA Red Star take on SB United at Roundhay.

The second tier sees Halfway House Bramley welcome West Leeds Wortley, while Fairweather Green WMC head to Kirkstall Crusaders. Elsewhere, West Leeds Armley face The Woodcock at home as Western Juniors welcome Bramley Villagers.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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