Junior Football: Farnley mark end of an era with cup final win

Garforth Junior League Challenge Cup winners Farnley Juniors Under-18s.
Garforth Junior League Challenge Cup winners Farnley Juniors Under-18s.
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FARNLEY Juniors Under-18s lifted the Garforth Junior League Challenge Cup with a 1-0 victory over Garforth Rangers in what was their last game together as juniors.

Farnley delivered a magnificent team performance in a tense final with a first-half strike from Matthew Durrans ensuring a fairytale conclusion.

Manager Brent Sheldon beamed: “They have been brilliant all season in the league and then winning the Challenge Cup put the icing on the cake.”

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s maintained their title charge with a 9-0 romp at Horsforth St Margarets (Broncos) in Division Three of the Garforth League.

Captain Barney Mguni bagged a brilliant five-timer, supported by a brace from Caleb Masiyiwa, a Jumaar Johnson strike and a 20 yard-volley from George Campbell.

Superb Kirkstall performances came from Louis Hollick, Adam Smith and Roy Villegas on his return from injury while Salman Din stepped in to deputise in goal.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-13s also enjoyed 3-0 success at home to basement rivals Gipton Juniors Under-13s in Division Three of the Garforth League.

Led by captain Oli Wigglesworth, a wonderful headed goal by Alex de Carvalho das Neves opened the scoring followed by a brace from Diogo Soares.

Keeper Will Coupland took the Kirkstall player of the match award though Maty Mather, Zak Yasir and Owen Thompson also excelled.

In Division Two, Wrenthorpe Rangers Under-13s ended their season in style with a 6-0 beating of Wakefield Jets Under-13s that sealed them a third-place finish.

Ewan Hallows bagged a brace for Wrens who were also on target through strikes from Keshav Nair and Mason Spencer plus penalties from Oran Cosimini – his first goal of the season – and Lewis Barratt – his first goal for the club.

Matthew Barker took the Wrenthorpe player of the match award.

Drighlington Juniors Under-13s B enjoyed a 5-2 success at Dewsbury Rangers Under-13s in Division Two of the Huddersfield League.

Matthew Hazelwood’s brace gave Drig’ a 2-0 lead at the interval and while Dewsbury pulled a goal back, Drig finished strongly with further goals from Krysten Gregory, Jordan Broadbent and Herbie Majid.

Matty Clark took the Drig’ player of the match award.

Amaranth Juniors Under-12s were crowned champions of Division Four of the Garforth League through Sunday’s 5-2 success at Carlton & Rothwell Giants Under-12s.

Jonas Ndombasi bagged a match-winning hat-trick for the new champions who led 2-1 at the interval through Ndombasi’s first effort plus a Jonas Ndombasi strike.

Ndombasi then completed his treble after the break with Augustina Joksas also netting to complete the Amaranth nap hand.

Both of Carlton’s entries on the scoresheet came through Amaranth own goals.

In Division Three, Colton Juniors Under-12s fought back from being 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw at higher-ranked hosts Scholes & Barwick Under-12s.

Charlie McDonnell netted after following up Joseph Lydon’s parried free-kick to get Colton back in the game before rifling home a second to send the sides into the break all square.

Livewire striker William Lobley caused havoc in the Scholes defence in the second half with his pace and trickery on the ball but he, and Colton, were denied the winning goal.

James Brady nearly snatched it at the death but the home keeper pulled off another fine stop.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-11s produced a comeback of Lazarus proportions to chin visiting Leeds City Juniors Under-11s 4-3 in Division Two of the Garforth League.

Kirkstall trailed 3-0 with just 15 minutes left but stunned City with goals from Jermaine Ashby, Hadley Speight, Gonzalo Soares and Jorge de Carvalho das Neves.

Crusaders goalkeeper Joseph Gill also pulled off a string of stunning saves with Kirkstall indebted to fine displays from Reece McDowell, Elenor Moseley and player of the match Maria de Carvalho das Neves.