Wednesday, September 28
Wednesday, September 28
Oakworth u18 Juniors 7 FC George 2
Oakworth’s march continued in the Bradford Sunday Alliance with a stunning victory over FC George.
Joe Brady led the way with five goals and also on target were James Gill and Ben Smith.
Shipley 6 Three Horses 5 (aet)
Three Horses gave their higher-level opponents a game to remember in an 11-goal thriller.
After conceding an early goal, Three Horses stepped into gear and romped to a 3-1 lead with a fine passing game reaping dividends.
A defensive error allowed Shipley a goal back but Three Horses quickly re-established their two-goal advantage.
More lapses in concentration by the defence saw Shipley pull level at 4-4 but with five minutes to go Three Horses struck their fifth.
Incredibly, two minutes later it was 5-5 and extra time was called for.
It was Shipley who struck the only goal of the additional period and Three Horses were unable to find the vital touch to force a penalty shoot-out.
Three Horses scorers were Knight 2, Spencer 2 and Spence.
There was superb performance from stand-in goalkeeper Tom Barlow.
Hemsworth 0 Silsden u18 2
Pontefract 7 Silsden 3
Gemma Smales scored twice and Nicola Leng once but it was to no avail as Silsden were brought down to earth at Pontefract in the West Riding Women’s League.
Harrogate Railway 3
Keighley Oaks 2
Keighley pressed right from the start with Sophie Gaine’s cross deep into Harrogate’s 18 yard box. But Keighley were unable to capitalise and the chance went begging.
Harrogate took the lead after five minutes with a low whipped in corner and the ball deflected off a Keighley defender, trickling into the net.
Harrogate pressed from the middle of the park and looked dangerous with two good chances at goal but both were denied by keeper Kelly Jordon.
New signing Sophia Zaccardelli was tackled from behind to give captain Becky Granger a chance to equal the score from 25 yards out and she made no mistake, curling a killer shot into the top right corner.
Harrogate countered and a shot blocked by Bethany Gaines just outside the 18 yard box took the sting out of Harrogate’s attack.
Keighley’s Fatima Khatun was blatantly brought down by several defenders inside the 18 yard box as she was lining up her shot but penalty claims were ignored by the referee.
Keighley threatened Harrogate’s goal with numerous dangerous crosses and several near misses from Frances Nichol, Zaccardelli Houldsworth and Khatun.
Harrogate took the lead for the second time when a corner kick curled dangerously towards the back post and a scramble for the ball ended in misery for Keighley as the ball was headed into the net.
Keighley nearly drew level when a neat turn from Khatun and a snap shot flew inches past a post.
Keighley equalised within minutes of the second-half restart; a quality pass from Nichol to Houldsworth saw her cleverly outwit the Harrogate centre-half and place her shot well away from the outstretched keeper into the top left of the net.
Harrogate were quick to counter but a last-minute sliding tackle from Bethany Gaines denied them of the chance at goal.
Harrogate could have gone ahead but for a brilliant sliding tackle from Amy Phelen.
There was misery for Keighley when centre-back Hannah Spencer got her second yellow card.
Keighley made several substitutions, hoping that fresh legs would change the game.
Keighley calmed themselves and started to gain possession with a fantastic run from Khatun splitting Harrogate’s defence and nearly giving Keighley the lead but Khatun’s shot was blocked by the oncoming keeper.
Keighley were throwing everything at Harrogate with Nicole Turner’s shot again snatched up by the Harrogate keeper denying Keighley the lead.
Keighley attacked again as right winger Sophie Morley outpaced Harrogate’s defence only to see her shot go inches off target, flying over the crossbar.
Keighley come close to taking the lead yet again as Granger’s quickly taken corner fell to Houldsworth, whose shot was blocked by a wall of defenders. Then another shot from Khatun was also blocked.
Harrogate reformed and quickly attacked, gaining a free-kick outside the 18-yard box, from a controversially-awarded foul. The ball was swung into the top right corner of the net to give Harrogate the lead for the third time.
Keighley were now soaking up tremendous pressure as Harrogate got into an attacking frenzy looking to put the game to bed.
But Keighley made a last few attacks and were unlucky not to come away with a point.
The next game for Keighley Oaks in on Sunday at Bradford Park Avenue in the WFA Cup, kick-off 2pm.
Read the Harrogate Railway version of the match, here.
Keighley Athletic 2
With a 100% league record and having perhaps seen Athletic’s result last week, Milford clearly turned up expecting an easy Wharfedale Triangle Sunday Cup game against their lower league opponents – they were to be surprised:
Athletic started well and deservedly took the lead when Steve Kernan poked home after Chris Evans’ initial effort had been charged down.
Athletic for the most part looked comfortable with the veteran Stewart Nicholson leading the back-line ably.
Extra time loomed when with the seconds to go a sweeping Athletic move ensued and Mick Goodwin picked up the ball with time and space on the corner of the penalty box.
Yeadon Athletic 1 Cullingworth Youth 0
Both teams were guilty of missing a number of chances in an end-to-end Wharfedale Triangle Sunday Cup tie.
Yeadon scored the only goal in the second half via a deflected shot.
Cullingworth assistant manager D Ratcliffe was sent off for a foul when last man but G Fletcher saved the resulting penalty.
Moortown Albion 3 Keighley Royals 2
Mark Johnson and Aharon Alejandro scored for Royals.
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It’s cup day in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League today with 10 local teams in action.
Elsewhere there are four games with a glut of youth games as well.
Sunday, September 25
Bradford Sunday Alliance (11am)
Div 1: White Eagles v Sandy Lane.
Div 1B: Oakworth u18 Jnrs v FC George.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League (11am)
Cup: Crossflatts Vill v Cookridge Hall, FC Polonia Polston v Yeadon Westfield, New Variety Club v Idle Utd, Royal Oak (Haworth) v Baildon Trinity Angel, FC Sporting Keighley v Bingley Midland Ath, Menston Tn v Aire Valley, Milford v Keighley Ath, Moortown Alb v Keighley Royals, Yeadon Ath v Cullingworth Yth.
West Riding County Women’s League (1pm)
Prem: Harrogate Railway v Keighley Oaks.
Div 1: Pontefract v Silsden.
Youth football (click for fixtures)
Craven, Aire and Wharfe League
West Riding Girls League
Wigan Robin Park Res 2 Silsden Res 1