Junior Football: Four-star Kirkstall Girls Under-16s turn on style to see off Belles

Kirkstall Crusaders Girls Under-16s
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KIRKSTALL Crusaders Girls Under-16s paid the perfect tribute to their manager’s late brother with an emotional 4-0 victory at home to Crossley Belles Under-16s in Division One of the West Riding Girls League.

Crusaders manager Michael McGill’s brother Sean died suddenly earlier in the week and Crusaders turned on the style with a brace from Martha Ohr plus a goal each from Miriam Ohr and captain Amber Mellor.

Kirkstall Crusaders Girls Under-14s also obliged 6-1 at Guiseley Girls Yellow Under-14s in Divisions One and Two.

Kirkstall’s Ellie Walters notched a hat-trick, supported by a brace from full back turned striker Rebecca Starbuck and a Melissa Maw goal.

On the boys’ junior front, Batley Juniors Under-16s continued their impressive form with a 4-3 defeat of higher league Hepworth United in the Huddersfield RCD Junior League Cup.

Hepworth paid the price for missing a second half penalty as a last-minute Kez Illingworth winner bagged Batley all three points.

Batley also struck though Kenny Wall, Juvahne Lewis and an own goal with Jake Weatherhead and Paul Foulstone providing valuable assists.

Hall Green United Under-16s exited the competition with a 6-2 loss at home to North Gawber Under-16s.

Ossett Town Panthers Under-14s slipped to a 4-2 loss at Shelf Under-14s in their Huddersfield Junior League Cup tie.

Goals from Christian Hamer and Christopher Colley failed to prevent the Panthers’ exit.

Hall Green United Under-13s also exited the competition in a 6-0 loss at Pudsey Under-13s.

Captain Max Fletcher came closest to scoring for United whose Joshua Geary took their player of the match award.

Beeston Juniors Under-13s continued their Garforth League Division Four title quest with an 10-2 romp at Methley United Under-13s.

Beeston’s Dene Stockton junior and Macawley Clark both bagged hat-tricks while parents’ player of the match wayward winner Jack Speight added a brace. Jack Johnson and Lamin Kuyateh also scored for Beeston whose Jack Haythorne-Riley took the managers’ player award.

In Division Two, Wrenthorpe Rangers Under-13s came from 2-0 down to defeat high flying Farsley Celtic Under-13s 3-2 in an exciting five-goal thriller.

Trailing 2-0 with just 20 minutes remaining, three goals in five minutes from Mason Spencer, George Wilkes and Keshav Nair turned the game on its head. Spencer and Aaron Huxley shared the Wrens player of the match award.

In the Huddersfield League, Ossett Albion Under-13s avenged an early-season thrashing with a 3-1 victory over Gomersal and Cleckheaton Under-13s in Division One. Albion led 2-1 at the break with goals from Ben Clarke and Harry Thornton and looked set for a difficult second period playing up the slope into a strong wind.

However, Clarke’s second settled the home side’s nerves and they held on for victory.

In the same division, despite a brace from Harry Carney, Drighlington Under-13s A lost 3-2 at home to Ossett Town Under-13s.

Drig came back from 1-0 down to take an early lead in the second half but couldn’t keep out a physical Ossett team.

Amaranth Juniors Under-12s stretched their unbeaten record to 14 months and moved back to the top of Division Four of the Garforth League with a 4-1 success at Tingley Athletic Under-12s.

Brandon Morgan scored and missed one penalty for Amaranth who also netted through new recruit Brad Raw, Augustina Joksas and Mason Boylan.

Benjamin Lumley took the Amaranth player of the match award.

In Division Five, Middleton Park Under-12s returned to action with a gusty 4-2 victory at home to Wrenthorpe Rangers Under-12s.

Park went 2-0 down but roared back with a cheeky Mason Buttle chip followed by a hat-trick from man of the match James Head.

Jake Jones also excelled on his debut.

Hall Green United Under-11s were edged out 5-3 at Shelf Under-11s in Division 4B of the Huddersfield League.

Marcus Barrett bagged a hat-trick for United, his first set up by Keaton Harrison, while United’s Jack Clements also saved a penalty.