Junior football: Crusaders hit Pudsey for six to reach cup quarters

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s
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KIRKSTALL Crusaders Under-16s booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Leeds and District Minor Cup with a 6-1 success at Pudsey Juniors Under-16s.

Goals from Frankie Gibson, Hakkinen Anani, Rinor Ejupi, Faisal Sheikh and a brace from Paddy McGill proved the difference.

Stand-in goalkeeper Matty Robinson took the Kirkstall player of the match award but outstanding performances also came from Lewys Cave, Eliel Anku, Neel Chavda, Brad Dobson, Jimmy Mellor and captain Ellis Redfearn.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-17s, though, lost their 100 per cent record through a 1-1 draw at home to Pudsey’s Under-17s side in Division 2A and 2B of the Garforth League. Kirkstall had won three out of three with a goal difference of plus 26 and had not conceded a goal but when Pudsey went 1-0 up as part of a dominant performance the writing was on the wall.

Kirkstall rallied in the second half and when awarded a free-kick just outside the box Luke Binder floated a beautiful ball to the back post for Faisal Sheikh to volley home.

Kirkstall keeper and man of the match Kamen Greaves then pulled off a superb save in tipping a point blank volley in tonto the bar. Captain Connor Flanagan should have nicked a Kirkstall win in the dying seconds but the spoils were shared.

In the same division, Rothwell Juniors Whites Under-17s enjoyed a 10-1 romp at Shapla Juniors Under-17s with eight different goal scorers. First-half goals were scored by Jorge Bentley, Zach Skelhorn, Ewan Mckinlay, Jake Rowley and Frankie Hall.

The second half went the same way with Ewan Mckinlay and Frankie Hall getting their second goals, Connor Thomson, Scott Pearson scoring a penalty and Luke Dennison finishing it off.

Shapla’s consolation goal was an own goal by Rothwell’s Sam Bird in the dying minutes of the game.

Man of the match with an impressive captain’s display was Michal Pawlak.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s kept their unbeaten run in all competitions going with an 8-0 defeat at home to local rivals Lawnswood Under-14s in Division C of the Harrogate League.

Goals from Adam Javid, Zak Yasir, debutant Adieb Elgiallai and a brace apiece from Lewis Binder and Jay Berkley totally demoralised their opponents. It was a bitter sweet victory for Josh Morris who fired in the eighth goal to sink brother Ryan Morris’s beloved team. Man of the match plaudits went to Glenn Mazyondo, with centre-halves Owen Thompson, Oli Wigglesworth and keeper Will Coupland playing a supporting role not conceding a goal in four games now.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Colts Under-14s marched on through to the Leeds & District Cup third round with a 3-2 success at home to Glen Juniors Under-14s.

Horsforth drew first blood through Michael Wood and Glen were denied a leveller when Leon Heppel saved a penalty.

Juniors did then level after the break before taking the lead but a combination between Wood and Heath resulted in a cool finish from Heath to level the score.

The game looked set for extra time when Glen hit the bar after another great Save from Heppel but Horsforth went straight down the other end and Wood rounded the defence before slotting the winner coolly into the bottom corner.

Drighlington Juniors Under-14s A and B both recorded hard fought 2-2 draws in the Huddersfield League.

The A’s were 2-0 down at home to Westend Lions Under-14s in Division One but second half goals from Ellis Beneker and Harry Carney secured a point with Luke Asquith Watson taking the player of the match award.

Drig B were also 2-0 down at highflying Northowram Juniors Under-14s in Division Two but got their just rewards with Luke Marshall and Harrison Petticrew securing a point.

Tom Solomons took the player of the match award.


AFC Gledhow continued their difficult start to the season by crashing out of the County Cup following a 5-1 defeat to Tingley Ladies, writes DAISY YOUNG.

A depleted Gledhow side started the game with only two substitutes. Illness, injury and suspensions forced changes in key positions for the fourth game running.

Gledhow tired at the end of the first half and Tingley were able to take a two-goal advantage into the break. Gledhow stemmed the flow for the first part of the second half and made a fist of it.

But relentless pressure from Tingley saw them go on to score three more goals. A consolation goal on 89 minutes from Kelsey Wood was not enough to seal over the cracks.

Bradford City extended their record of not conceding a goal in the County Cup since their 3-1 victory over Leeds in last year’s final. City thrashed Battyeford Belles 22-0 with six goals coming from new signing Emma Elliot.

Leeds Ladies thrashed Republica Internationale 7-0 thanks to goals from Rachel Ackroyd, Emma Bentley, Zoe Doherty, Olivia Smart, Nicolle Jepson and two goals from Rachel Landricombe.

Bradford Park Avenue beat Amaranth 8-0, Farsley Celtic Firsts beat Altofts 2-1 away from home and Brayton Belles beat Tyersal 2-0 at home. The game between Ossett Town Firsts and Tingley Athletic Reserves ended 3-3 after 90 minutes but it was Tingley who won the penalty shoot-out.

Silsden Firsts thrashed Clifton Rangers 11-0, Oulton Athletic beat Ossett Town Reserves 9-0 and Wetherby Athletic Firsts beat Leeds Medics & Dentists 6-3.

In the West Riding Premier Division, Hepworth United beat Brighouse Athletic 3-2 to go third. Bradford City A beat Wetherby Athletic Reserves 9-1 to move top of Division One. The only game in Division Two saw Brighouse Town Development and Farsley Celtic Reserves draw 2-2.

Division Three leaders Wigton Moor extended their lead after a 12-0 success over Crossley. Silsden Development Ladies thrashed Skipton Town 8-0 and Farsley Celtic Development beat Boroughbridge 4-0.