Leeds Sunday League: Crusaders on a mission to claim cup treble

Kirkstall Crusaders, winners of the Leeds Sunday League President's Trophy after beating East Leeds Celtic 3-2 at Bracken Edge. PIC: Steve Riding
Kirkstall Crusaders, winners of the Leeds Sunday League President's Trophy after beating East Leeds Celtic 3-2 at Bracken Edge. PIC: Steve Riding
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Kirkstall Crusaders completed a cup double over East Leeds Celtic with a 3-2 win in the Leeds Sunday League Hope Leeds United Members Trophy.

After edging their way to victory in Sunday’s Bracken Edge final, Crusaders will now look to chase down Championship leaders West Leeds Wortley in a bid to land a glorious treble.

East Leeds took the lead in the final through Dale Venables but Kirkstall hit back to equalise with a goal from former Halton Moor striker Mark Whittam that saw the side go into the interval level.

An early second-half strike from James Douglas put Kirkstall ahead but East Leeds hit back to level with a goal from Prince Mujuru.

With time running out, Kirkstall made two substitutions and it was one of them, Stu Astall, that settled the game with a last-minute winner from Mark Whittam’s cross.

Kirkstall had continued their title charge five days earlier with a 2-1 success at Halfway House Bramley.

Leaders West Leeds Wortley won 4-3 at fourth-placed West Leeds Armley the same night.

The only other team who can finish in the top two are third-placed East Leeds Celtic who were given a home walkover against Bramley Villagers.

There were two midweek Terry Pears Premier Division games and one of them saw a surprise defeat for champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene as visiting Harehills WMC got the three points thanks to a 4-2 victory.

Krystian Jaworski put the clubmen ahead before Chapeltown netted twice to go 2-1 up.

But Jaworski then struck twice to complete his hat-trick and get Harehills back in front before Ricky Smith sealed things with a fourth goal.

Richmond Hill had their biggest win of the season when entertaining West Leeds Farnley who were blitzed 9-1.

Doubles from Ashley Hubbard, Kieron Evans and Ray Spencer plus goals from Aaron Dix, Jason Turner and player-manager Thomas ‘Billy’ Moore gave Richmond a facile victory. Anthony Doyle netted the consolation goal for Farnley.

Richmond Hill, Harehills and East End Park WMC all have 20 points with only goal difference separating second, third and fourth. Bottom club West Leeds Farnley were given a home walkover against Richmond on Sunday.

In the Wharfedale Triangle League, Yeadon Veterans will be crowned Premier Division champions if bagging six points from their last two games – at home to Crossflatts Village tonight and against visiting Ilkley Dynamo on Sunday.

Yeadon Athletic sealed a second-placed finish in Division Two with Sunday’s 8-1 win at home to Aire Valley. Cullingworth Youth are champions.

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