Junior round-up: Amaranth survive scare to extend a year-long unbeaten run

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Amaranth Juniors Under-12s extended their unbeaten league run to a year with a gutsy 10-5 beating of visiting Tingley Athletic Under-12s in Division Four of the Garforth League.

Amaranth have not lost in the league since the beginning of December 2013 but the writing looked on the wall when Tingley raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes.

Amaranth then pulled a goal back from Augustinas Joksas but Tingley added a couple of more to put them in cruise control with 20 minutes played.

But going 5-1 down Amaranth were spurred Amaranth into action with goals from Brandon Morgan and Jack Crossley starting the comeback and making it 5-3 to Tingley at the break.

The second half was then one-way Amaranth traffic with the hosts netting seven times in pulsating half of football. Mason Boylan and Jonas Ndombasi both netted hat-tricks with Callum Milsted finishing the scoring in the last minute.

Hall Green United Under-16s progressed to the next round of the Huddersfield League Cup with a 4-0 triumph at home to Hebdon Bridge Under-16s.

Green goals came from James Smith, Curtis Preston, Ethan Bale and the man of the match Brandon Hewlett.

Kirkstall Crusaders Whites Under-14s enjoyed a heroic 6-3 cup progression past Woodkirk Valley Wolves Under-14s.

Kirkstall had only eight players available and trailed 2-0 at the break with Crusaders kept in the game by heroics from keeper Travis Byrne and the back three of Jordan Thorne, Harry Crossland and Louis Hollick. Crusaders then clawed a goal back through Barney Mguni and while Woodkirk immediately responded, Kirkstall forced extra time with goals from Connor Colquhoun and Jamaal Whyles inside the final five minutes.

Adam Smith then took hold of his troops and Mguni scored a hat-trick to put his side into the next round.

Drighlington Juniors Under-13s As suffered a heart-breaking exit from the Millennium Cup as Rothwell Under-13s sealed a edged a 5-4 penalty shoot-out following a 3-3 draw after extra-time. A fine James Shaw hat-trick took Drig to extra-time but fatigue took its toll on the hosts as they went down to 10 men with 10 minutes to go. Drig’ A’s day had began in fine fashion as they inflicting the first defeat of the season on the leaders of Huddersfield Division One with a 3-0 success at home over Westend Lions Under-13s. Goals came from James Shaw, Kyle Murtagh and Ross Mchale.

Drighlington Juniors B then defeated close league rivals Battyeford Under-13s 2-1 in Division Two of the Huddersfield Cup. Turning round 0-0, Drig netted through a Krysten Gregory penalty and Joe Clarke goal. Despite the visitors pulling a goal back with a late penalty, Drig hung on with Ben Harris taking the man of the match award.

Ossett Albion Under-13s enjoyed a 2-1 victory at Batley Under-13s in Division One of the Huddersfield League. Batley struck early but William Spiers grabbed an equaliser before a Ben Clarke wonder strike found the top corner from fully 30 yards out.

Rapidly-improving Colton Juniors Whites Under-12s picked up their second league win since winning promotion to Division Three of the Garforth League with a 6-2 hammering of visiting Garforth Rangers Under-12s.

Colton man-of-the-match Charlie McDonnell took his goal tally for the season into double figures with a fine solo effort in a tight first half. Colton doubled their lead shortly after the re-start when sub Adam Horn volleyed home from a corner before Garforth responded to make it 2-1. But strikes from Luca Amini, Joseph Lydon and a brace of own goals killed the game off before Garforth grabbed a late consolation.

Hall Green United Under-13s lost 12-1 in a League Cup exit against higher league Hade Edge Under-13s. Green had a few chances in the second half with Cameron Gill getting his side on the scoresheet. Young keeper Jack Clements also stood in between the sticks but an outstanding display from Xander Barraclough earned him the Green player of the match award. Aiden Teasdale was named the best attitude winner.

Hall Green United Under-12s were sent spinning out of the League Cup after a 2-1 loss against Netherton Under-12s who bagged a freak goal winner in the last few seconds of the match. Emily Sykes had pulled the score back to 1-1 early in the second period after a goal conceded in the first half. Sykes then had a penalty saved soon after which would ultimately prove costly on. Green’s player of the Match Cameron Reynolds also had an excellent game in central defence.

Hall Green United Under-11s excelled in an 8-2 success at home to Battyeford Under-11s in the Huddersfield League Cup. Green took the lead through Mathew Patterson from a well taken corner by Bradley Walker and extended their lead with a penalty from Neel Rangoo.

Roman Vintner then added a third for Green before leading marksman Marcus Barrett netted a fourth.

Battyeford then reduced the deficit to 4-1 at the interval but Green resumed their progress after the interval with their fifth and Patterson’s second. Battyeford again pulled a goal back but further strikes from Barrett with his second, Patterson with his third and hat trick and Keaton Harrison completed an eight-goal haul. Bradley Walker took the Green player of the match award.

Hall Green United Under-10s edged a 1-0 success at Honley Under-10s in Division S of the Huddersfield League.

Noah Harding converted a late penalty for United whilst Lewis Skinner took the player of the match award.

Hall Green United Under-10s B were downed 8-2 at Honley in Division F of the Huddersfield League. Green produced a gutsy display but could only manage consolation goals came from Alfie Callaghan and player of the match Ethan Auty.

Colton's Chris Hicks tries a shot on goal during Saturday's 4-2 Hancock Cup defeat at Shire Reserves. PIC: Steve Riding

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