Late goal breaks Oxenhope hearts

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Oxenhope travelled to second-placed Leeds City in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League with some trepidation, being without several key players, including injured leading scorer Michael Garnett.
In fact they put in a spirited performance and were only denied a deserved share of the points by a last-minute goal.
Leeds started the brighter, their pace and fitness plus moving the ball round quickly put the visitors under pressure.
After 20 minutes Leeds opened the scoring when a break down the right saw their wide player cut into the centre and place his strike beyond keeper Sam Lee.
The visitors continued to be penned in their own half but were always dangerous on the break and they had, in lone striker Craig Morris, an ever willing runner.
Just before the break Oxenhope broke down the right, good work by Morris and a cross from Gaz Ritson found the head of Dan Moriarty who got just enough purchase on the ball to head the ball over the line.
The goal gave Oxenhope renewed confidence and when they came out for the second half it was they that carried the greater threat.
Ritson got beyond his marker to be one on one with the keeper but it was the custodian who got down smartly, cutting out the goal attempt.
On the hour though the home side regained the lead after breaking down their left and wrong footing defender Chris Day to allow a Leeds front man to drive the ball into the net.
Oxenhope were not to be denied and they continued to be on the front foot. Moriarty’s free-kick from distance tested the keeper at the near post, then in the 75th minute, Ollie Metcalfe cleverly juggled the ball past two defenders on the byline, his shot was beaten out but fell invitingly for Scott Nelson on the edge of the box to hammer the ball home through a sea of legs.
The game now swung from end to end, Moriarty and sub Chris Newman both went close and Lee pulled off a brilliant diving save to deny City’s big striker.
Oxenhope then had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when Moriarty was felled in the box.
Just as it appeared the honours would be deservedly shared, Leeds broke away and their sub coolly cut in from the left across two defenders and curled the ball into the far corner for a late winner.

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