Leeds Sunday League: Celtic shoot down Red Star with nine-goal second-half blitz

Ash Thompson shoots for Kirkstall Crusaders against visiting Bramley Villagers. PIC: Steve Riding
Ash Thompson shoots for Kirkstall Crusaders against visiting Bramley Villagers. PIC: Steve Riding
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Championship side East Leeds Celtic scored nine second-half goals as they stunned Premier Division RXA Red Star 10-1 in the weekend’s outstanding Hope Members’ Cup result.

After travelling to Roundhay as firm underdogs, the scores were level, 1-1, at half time. Mark McElenghan scored the hosts’ eventual consolation but a trio of braces from James Banner, Lee Johnson and Joe Phillips saw the visitors move well clear before David Melnyczuk, Dale Venables, Luke Rudd and Kendle Hardisty all grabbed further goals to add extra gloss to an astonishing scoreline.

Elsewhere in the HM Cup, where all 14 sides from Leeds Sunday’s two tiers compete, the Championship’s West Leeds Wortley drew 4-4 with top flight Richmond Hill.

Richmond looked well on their way to victory as James Cowlam scored a hat-trick to leave the visitors 3-0 up at the break before 16-year-old Kieran Evans made it 4-0. But the second division’s table-toppers fought back as Aaron Batley notched a brace to kickstart the hosts’ afternoon. John Friery further reduced the arrears soon after but it was a last-minute effort from Matty Cunningham which finally sealed the result.

Meanwhile, Jerrome Matthews stole the show with a hat-trick as Premier Division leaders Chapeltown Fforde Grene kicked off their Barrass Trophy campaign with a fine 6-0 home win over Harehills. The top tier Cup clash also saw a brace from Dave Allanson and a goal from Leon Browne.

The weekend’s other Barrass tie saw hosts East End Park WMC run out 7-4 winners over SB United. Ian Emmett starred with two goals, while Ben Olbison, Paul Sykes, Liam Carney and an own goal rounded off the scoring for the clubmen.

In the President’s Trophy, Halfway House Bramley took the headlines with a 6-0 home win over Western Juniors. Joe Penman bagged twice while Kurtis Heyes, Enxhi Merdani, Mark Cooper and Alex Waters also got one the scoresheet to complete the rout.

Elsewhere, Kirkstall Crusaders put their unbeaten run on the line in a home tie against Bramley Villager, but goals from James Douglas and Harrison McPhee ensured their unblemished record continued with a steely 2-0 win.

The other Presidents’ fixture saw West Leeds Armley pick up a hard-earned 3-1 win at The Woodcock. The hosts, who sit bottom of the Championship pile, put in a battling performance but it wasn’t enough as Sam Russell scored twice alongside an effort from Stephen Quinn for the third-placed visitors, to cancel out Lee Robinson’s solitary home goal.