Women’s Football: Brighouse’s late clincher is tough to take for Gledhow

Table-toppers Kirkstall Crusaders Under-12s.
Table-toppers Kirkstall Crusaders Under-12s.
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A late winner from Brighouse Athletic broke the hearts of AFC Gledhow as a 1-­0 defeat was rough justice for a great defensive display in the Premier Division, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Gledhow bossed the game in the early stages but were unable to force their advantage with a goal. A dogged first half saw both sides cancel each other out and the 0­-0 scoreline was fair entering the break. However, in the second half both teams pressed for a winner with both teams going close as the adversaries tried to gain the upper hand.

Heartbreak struck in the 84th minute when, from an offside decision, referee Martin Green tried to play advantage and a lapse in concentration saw the Gledhow defence breached. Molly Thompson still had time to go agonisingly close to levelling the scores.

Tingley Athletic managed to beat league leaders Ossett Town 1sts 3­-2 to secure their second win of the season and move up to sixth. Altofts thrashed Hemsworth 7­-1 at home and Hepworth United beat Brayton Belles 7­-2 to move up to third and joint level on points with Ossett and Brighouse at the top.

Bradford City A extended their lead at the top of Division One to six points after a 5-­1 victory over bottom of the table Republica Internationale. Silsden 1sts moved up to second after a 3­-1 victory over third­-placed Battyeford Belles 1sts and Hebden Royd United beat Oulton Athletic 3­1 to remain in fourth position.

Farsley Celtic Reserves remain top of Division Two after their 3­-0 victory over Middleton Park.

Tingley Athletic Reserves missed out on the chance to move top after they were beaten 5-­3 at home by Brighouse Town Development who now sit level on points with Tingley. Tyersal beat bottom of the table Battyeford Belles Reserves 3­-0.

Wigton Moor extended their 100 per cent record with a 10­-0 victory over Skipton Town in Division Three. Amaranth beat Silsden Development 3­-1 to remain in second­ but are still five points behind Wigton. Ossett Town Reserves beat Boroughbridge 3­-2 to move sixth while Farsley Celtic Development drew 1-­1 with Clifton Rangers at home.

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JUNIOR FOOTBALL

A depleted Kirkstall Crusaders Under-16s made it four wins out of four in Division B of the Harrogate & District Junior League with a 5-2 success at Knaresborough Celtic Under-16s Hoops.

Kirkstall lined up with just 10 as captain Ellis Redfearn went in goal but Crusaders still had enough to notch a nap hand of goals through a Paddy McGill hat-trick plus goals from Rinor Ejupi and Faisal Sheikh.

Kirkstall centre-half Neel Chavda took player of the match with Frankie Gibson and Eliels Anku also excelling.

In the Garforth Junior League, Kirkstall Crusaders Under-15s held visiting table toppers Stanningley Albion Red Under-15s to a 2-2 draw.

Kirkstall led twice through a tap in by Caleb Masiyiwa following a great run and cross from Barney Mguni followed by a Lewis Nelson thunderbolt form 20 yards. Stand-in left-back Jumaar Johnson took the Kirkstall player of match award.

Horsforth St Margaret’s (Colts) Under-14s continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-0 win at Garforth Rangers Under-14s in Division One.

After a shaky start, Horsforth opened the scoring with Charlie Heath latching onto a great through ball before chipping over the oncoming keeper. The industrious Lucas Sefton then headed goal wards only for the keeper to pull off an outstanding save.

The second half started the same way the first had finished and after Heath was brought down in the penalty area, Guy Davenport stepped up to coolly stroke the ball into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. With Heath and Webb terrorising the Garforth defence, a second penalty was awarded and this time James Tonge lashed the ball into the back of the net.

In the Huddersfield League, unbeaten Drighlington Juniors Under-14s continued their fine form with a 5-1 win at Rastrick Under-14s in Division One.

Harry Carney scored a brace with Jordan Broadbent and player of the match defender Ellis Beneker getting one each to go with an own goal.

In Division Two, Drighlington Juniors B Under-14s B drew 3-3 at home to Almondbury Under-14s after been 3-0 down at half-time.

Luke Marshall, Ben Harris and Brendan Pitts scored second-half goals and Ben Kerrison pulled off a double penalty save with Robbie Hutchison taking the player of the match award.

Back in the Harrogate League, Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s found life much tougher at local rivals Lawnswood YMCA Under-14s who were only chinned 4-3 - one week on from an 8-0 hammering in the reverse fixture last week.

Lawnswood full-back Jim Cassidy impressed throughout but the hosts were ultimately undone by a brace from Jay Berkley plus a Zak Yasir strike and a well-worked corner from Maty Mather, involving man of the match Adam Javed, Josh Morris and captain Oli Wigglesworth. Kirkstall’s Jay Clifford and Owen Thompson also shone throughout.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-12s moved top of Division Four of the Garforth League with a hard fought 3-2 triumph at Hunslet Club Juniors Greens Under-12s.

Reece McDowell twice smashed the ball into the top corner with Jermaine Ashby also converting a penalty. Roman Maddern pulled off a tackle-of-the-season contender to stop Hunslet going through to equalise but Kirkstall’s player of the match was Haddley Speight with fantastic defence in the form of Jasmine Jackson, Ben Mott and Kadeidra Evans.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-10s played host to Pannal Under-10s for two games with player of the match Mally Clark on target in the first game alongside Ben Maxfield and double up Joseph Harras.

Keeper Ben Kelly was Kirkstall’s player of the match in the second clash in which Mally Clark hit a hat-trick and Joshua Dooley a brace to go with a Joseph Harrras strike. Kirkstall’s Josh Conway, Jake Dooley and Theo Wood also excelled.

lLeeds Schools FA Under-12s have returned from the Danone Nations Cup in Morocco where the Yorkshire side were crowned the 19th best in the world and 14th in the Fair Play ranking. The proud Leeds team were representing England in a World Cup style tournament. Full report next week.

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