HOLDERS Hunslet Club had to wait until the 89th minute to make absolutely sure of a 3-1 progression past plucky Shire Academics in the first round of the Leeds & District FA Senior Challenge Cup.
Hunslet were also aided by two Academics own goals with David Pickering also netting for the Greens as a Tyler Baker effort was not quite enough for commendable Shire.
Leeds City moved into the second round with a 4-2 success at East End Park. Ash Walker, Tim Baines, Alex Miller and new signing Andy Crossland all bagged one each. And Yorkshire Amateur League side Leeds Medics and Dentists comprehensively outplayed lower league opponents FC Headingley 12-0. Brad Chambers blasted in four for Medics with John Forrest adding a hat-trick, Niall Robinson a brace and Alex Monk, Johnny Makela and Sammy Bzeu all getting a goal each.
Alwoodley shone against fellow YAL Premiership side Trinity Old Boys winning 8-0 with goals well spread among Callum Armstrong, with a brace, Graham Shaw, Jamie Kilner, Mark Thompson, James Turner, sub Dan Whincup and Alex Baddams.
Elsewhere, Grangefield Old Boys had to work tirelessly to defeat the West Yorkshire League’s Leeds Modernians team 2-1. Mods went ahead around the 20-minute mark when Ben Turner lobbed the Grangefield keeper Matthew Scotter who in turn denied Mods with an exceptional dive to tip a crisply hit drive past the post. Grangefield drew level on the hour with a fine strike from Matt Tomlinson who then bagged his second goal and the winner from Josh Spencer’s low cross 18 minutes from time.
Wigton Moor also went through with a 3-1 success over a Yorkshire Amateur Reserves side featuring at least three former Wigton Moor Reserves players. Goals from Tom Nixon, Tom Siddons and Ben Thompson secured a visit to Hunslet Club in the second round.
Stanningley Old Boys moved through after edging past YAL Premier colleagues Rodillian 3-2.
Francisco Matos gave Rodillian an early lead cancelled out by Andy Shields and in the 50th minute Elliott Walker regained the Rodillian advantage. Cometh the hour and Brad White was the man to change the game causing chaos before levelling matters at 2-2 and then winning the penalty that he converted
And Wortley eventually squeezed past West Yorkshire League hosts Mount St Mary’s in a 5-4 cracker thanks to a brace from Liam Chadwick plus strikes from Tom Bailey, Joe Hudson and an own goal