Junior football: Pannal beaten as Wortley return to Millennium final

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Wortley FC Juniors Under-13s reached the final of the Leeds United Under-13s Millennium Trophy for the second time in their history following a 2-1 victory of Pannal Sports Predators at Leeds United Thorp Arch Training Complex.

The all conquering Wortley team are still on course of a league and cup treble.

The game was attended by a huge crowd and produced a very competitive and closely fought contest with Wortley taking a 2-0 half time lead with a brace from Carl Robinson. Pannal reduced the arrears in the second half to setup a thrilling finale but Wortley held their composure to reach the final.

The final will be played at Elland Road on Wednesday, May 21, kick-off 7.30pm.

Wortley FC Juniors have made a habit of reaching Elland Road finals, with teams from 2006 (Under-16s), 2010 (Under-13s) and 2013 (Under-16s) competing in the Millennium and Minor Cup competitions.

Elsewhere, Hall Green United Under-16s were edged out 6-5 by visiting Kirkheaton Under-16s in Division Four of the Huddersfield League. Jake Wassell netted a brace for Green whose Ryan Zamuto, Eliot Schofield and Jordan Peters all added one each.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Earthquakes Under-15s kept their title hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Garforth League Division One rivals Hunslet Juniors Under-15s.

Horsforth led 2-0 at the break after late goals in the first half with Ayrton Stewart-Savery scrambling home before Ollie Armitage skilfully finished after good lick up play with Callum Hamilton. A second-half Ryan Smith header off a Nathan Hunt Corner then bagged Horsforth’s third and more goals would have followed but for a fine showing from Hunslet keeper Mitchell Cox.

But still out in front in Division One are Thorpe United Juniors Under-15s who enjoyed a 2-0 victory at third-placed Farsley Celtic Under-15s.

Man of the match Corey Littlefield fired in Thorpe’s opener with the lead doubled by Richard Buckthorpe after good work from Shaun Heselwood.

Thorpe went close to netting a third late on when Ben Clowes played a good ball out of defence and a flick-on from Jordan Emery allowed James Arnold space but the winger putting his effort agonisingly wide.

Hall Green United Under-15s roared into the Huddersfield League Trophy final with a 7-1 semi-final success at home to Nothowram Under-15s.

United went into the break 2-1 up with goals from Adam Margison and James Smith. Green then added a further five goals from Margison again, Dan Harder, Ethan Mckay, a long range wonder goal from James Smith, and a well worked goal from man of the match Ewan Scott. Green will now face Meltham in this Sunday’s final.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Stallions Under-14s fell to a 7-3 loss against

Collingham in Division One of the Garforth League.

A hat-trick from Loz Patterson proved in vain for Horsforth whose Joshua Bell took the man of the match award after linked up well Jamie Bates in midfield.

Ossett Town Juniors Under-14s bagged a 5-2 success at home to Meltham B Under-14s in Division 4A of the Huddersfield League.

A Callum Issott treble and Adam Berry brace did the business for Town whose Levi Mitchell and Fin Townend shared the man of the match award.

Garforth Villa Under-13s were edged out 6-4 in a top of the table Selby League clash at Elvington Under-13s. A James Richardson brace and Ross Wilkinson strike had provided the perfect start for Villa who led 3-2 at half-time. But a wonder strike from Jacob Harlow was Villa’s only highlight in the second half.

Ossett Albion Under-12s opened up a 14-point lead in Division Two of the Huddersfield League with a 3-0 win over visitors Skelmanthorpe Under- 12s. Albion keeper Harrison Campbell made several fine early saves but once William Spiers had set up Thomas Mee for the first of his brace of goals Albion took command. Haydan Lindley-Spink completing the scoring with a 25-yard effort and he shared the player of the match award with Ben Clarke.

Hall Green United Under-12s paid the price for another sloppy start in an 8-4 loss at home to Battyeford Under-12s in Division Three of the Huddersfield League. Green were 4-0 down after 15 minutes before pulling one back before the break through Callum Roberts. Green’s Louis Ward then netted twice in the first three minutes of the second half to make the score 4-3 but a missed penalty knocked the stuffing out of a comeback.

Ward still went on to complete his hat-trick but it was Max Fletcher who scooped the Green player of the match and Joshua Gear the best attitude.

Elsewhere, Colton Juniors Whites Under-11s had double cause for celebration this weekend after bagging three more points in their bid to win promotion as well as securing a new two-year shirt sponsorship deal with Crossgates Shopping Centre.

On the field, goals from man-of-the-match Luca Amini with a double plus William Lobley, Jacob Beer and Charlie McDonnell earned Colton a 5-1 away win over Horsforth Under-11s.

Colton remain in pole position to join champions-elect Glen Juniors in moving up to a higher level in the Garforth & District Junior League next season. Victory over rivals Castleford on April 13th, in the East Leeds side’s final game of the season, would secure second spot regardless of results elsewhere.

Sophie Stephenson, marketing manager at new sponsors Crossgates Shopping Centre, said: “As a community shopping centre, we’re proud to be supporting a local team of youngsters that has a passion for football.

“As well as sponsoring the team’s kit, we’re looking forward to partnering up in the summer, doing lots of activities together to celebrate the World Cup.

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