Juniors: Four-star Amaranth step up ‘unbeaten title’ quest

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Unbeaten Amaranth Juniors Under-12s stepped up their title quest with Sunday’s 4-0 success at home to leaders Hunslet Club Greens Under-14s in Division Four of the Garforth League.

In blustery conditions, James Lacey bagged a first-half brace for Amaranth who were then on target after the interval through Matty Ferguson and player of the match Brandon Morgan’s coolly taken penalty. Amaranth stay second but now only three points behind Hunslet and with three games in hand.

Depleted Kirkstall Crusaders Whites Under-18s enjoyed a last-gasp 2-1 success at home to Leeds City Juniors Colts Under-18s. Kirkstall could field just ten players owing to injury and suspensions and went 1-0 down before a wonder strike from Rexhep Ejupi levelled the scores before the interval. Akeel Miller then went close to bagging a Kirkstall winner but Crusaders would not be denied and sealed victory through a stunner from captain Liam Marshall with the last kick of the game. Makeshift centre half Danny Pogson shone for Kirkstall, along with Panashe Jinga, Adam Morris and Jason Prior.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-13s progressed in the Supplementary Cup with a 2-1 triumph at Churwell Lions Yellow Under-13s. A quick fire brace from striker Kyle Baptiste looked to have opened the floodgates but a strong and spirited Churwell came back fighting. Kirkstall keeper Will Coupland was magnificent throughout.

Drighlington Under-13s endured mixed fortunes with the team’s A side 3-1 winners at Lepton Highlanders Under-13s in Division One of the Huddersfield League.

A brace from James Shaw and a solo from Kyle Murtagh ensured Drig took the points with the visitors dominating throughout. Jake Curtis and Harry Carney shared the player of match award for Drig’ who keep within touching distance of top spot.

Drighlington B Under-13s, though, were chinned 3-2 by Division Two visitors Shelf Under-13s who struck a last-minute winner. Harrison Smith and Luke Asquith Watson scored the goals for Drig with Watson sharing the player of match award with Lewis Taylor who was strong in defence.

In Division 5A, Hall Green United were blown off course in an 8-2 loss at home to Hade Edge B Under-13s. Green led 2-1 at the break through Charlie Whale and Alex Waplington but the visitors had the wind in their sails after the break. Alex Welch took the Green player of the match award with Liam Sowden being awarded the best attitude.

Leaders Hall Green United Under-12s fared much better as they romped to an 11-2 success at Bradford Park Avenue Under-12s in Division 5B. Alex Tunningly bagged an amazing three-minute hat-trick for United who also saw Dovidas Burtulis bag a hat-trick, supported by braces from Emily Sykes and Dolton Jackson plus a Miron Bibaj strike.

Hall Green United Under-11s shared a 1-1 draw in an exciting game with visiting Kexborough Under-11s in Division 4B. Green’s Marcus Barrett was denied an opener when he hit the post but United took a second-half lead through Keaton Harrison’s penalty. Kexborough fought back to level and earn a draw with Aaron Boland taking the United player of the match award.

Hall Green Under-10s were in action at Netherton (Wakefield) Knights Under-10s in Division S of the Huddersfield League and thrived as Daniel Myers and Noah Harding both bag braces for them. Green’s Daniel Duffy also netted, as did keeper Joe Fletcher who cracked in a fiercely taken penalty. The Green player of the match award was shard between Jack Batley, Noah Harding and Ben Thackrah.

Hall Green United Under-10s B travelled to Netherton (Wakefield) Dragons Under-10s in Division F and prospered as player of the match Alfie Callaghan scored a hat trick. Green’s Joseph O’Brian and Oliver Mumby also netted.

Leeds Schools FA Under-13s, meanwhile, raced to a 6-2 success in a league clash at Barnsley Schools Under-13s.

Lewis Branton and Charlie Webb were both at the double for Leeds who also saw Owen Hindley net from the penalty spot and Matty Swift head home after being brought down for the earlier spot kick. Leon Heppell was brave in goal for Leeds whose James Shaw excelled at the back with Jonah Evans battling hard in midfield. Luke Owen almost threaded his way through to get on the scoresheet for the Whites whose Alistair Thompson also came close to scoring.