Junior Football: New Whitkirk girls team makes wonderful start to campaign

Whitkirk Wanderers Girls Under-13s
Whitkirk Wanderers Girls Under-13s
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WHITKIRK Wanderers Under-13s are proving themselves worth the wait after an impressive beginning under manager John Glynn.

Glynn also manages Whitkirk’s under-13s boys side which for the last four seasons has featured his daughter Dara. But now his daughter is starring for the newly formed Whitkirk under-13s girls side which was formed at the start of the season when Glynn was approached to start up a side.

Sponsored by the White Rose Centre McDonalds, the team have become Whitkirk’s first female football team since the section established in 1938 with Wanderers taking Division Two of the West Riding Girls League by storm.

Sunday’s 6-3 success at previously unbeaten Marsden made it three wins out of four, with Glynn thrilled with every aspect of the newly formed side.

“I am so proud of the girls so far this season,” he said. “To say the team was only formed at matter of weeks ago the girls are going from strength to strength. It’s lovely to see how well they’ve bonded not only as a team but as friends.”

Glyn’s daughter Dara and her cousin Evie both scored hat-tricks in the previous week’s 7-3 defeat of visiting Horsforth St Margaret’s and both were again on target at the weekend with Evie at the double. Abby Myers also notched a brace with Ella Joynson also netting for a side whose Aine Hawksworth took the player of the match award for her fine display in defence.

Wetherby Under-16s Girls are also enjoying life with the junior Tangerines recently paying a visit to the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster where they helped Doncaster Belles celebrate promotion to the Women’s Super League Division One. The Wetherby girls were invited along as guests of The Belles and enjoyed an evening where they performed both mascot and ball girls duties as Doncaster comfortably beat rivals Oxford 3-0.

“It was a great experience,” beamed Wetherby vice-captain Lea Henderson.

And on the junior boys football front, Kirkstall Crusaders Under-17s are thriving as an 8-0 demolition of Rothwell Juniors maintained their 100 per cent record.

Captain Connor Flannigan hit five with Fiasal Sheikh, debutant Jack Walker and Aaron Chapman rounding off the scoring. Victory was tinged with sadness as Aaron Chapman played his last game before his six week induction into the army.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-15s returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success against Churwell Lions Under-15s. Kasim Janghir bagged a brace with George Campbell and Barney Mguni adding one each.

And Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s roared into the next round of the County Cup with a 9-4 triumph at Bolton Woods.

Zak Yasir went nap, with Glen Mazyondo and Lewis Binder adding one apeice.

Horsforth Horsforth St Margaret’s (Colts) Under-14s also overcame a very strong Salts Tigers Under-14s side 4-2.

Michael Wood hit a brace for Horsforth with goals from Charlie Webb and Charlie Heath helping them into the next round.

Drighlington Juniors Under-14s had mixed fortunes in the West Riding County Trophy.

Drig A were convincing 11-1 winners over Brighouse after hat tricks for Kyle Murtagh and Ellis Beneker, a brace for Joe Booth and goals apiece for Luke Dufton, Jacob Philips and Jake Curtis. Drig B lost 7-2 at Guiseley Whites despite netting through a Luke Asquith Watson penalty and Harrison Petticrew strike.