Steeton 3 Oxenhope 0
The long awaited local County Cup derby between Steeton and Oxenhope saw the home side progress to the quarter final stage and gain revenge for their defeat in the Keighley Cup earlier in the season.
A good sized crowd witnessed a scrappy cup tie at Summerhill Lane where neither team produced their best football and Oxenhope’s cause was not helped by giving away two own goals and having a player sent off.
In fact in the first half it was the visitors who looked the more threatening, even with two Steeton defenders assigned to mark Oxenhope’s talisman Michael Garnett.
Liam McNicoll won the ball, drove forwards into midfield, played a through ball to Ollie Metcalfe but his shot was direct at keeper Phil Rishton. Steeton’s Liam King then burst down field and his swerving shot produced a superb diving save from keeper Sam Lee to turn the ball round the post. Dan Moriarty then played in Metcalfe but his strike went wide.
Oxenhope looked in control with central defenders Scott Nelson and Dayne Ward comfortably handling Steeton’s front pairing.
Then a minute before the break, a bizarre own goal against the run of play, a corner from the right, saw the ball cannon off McNicol as he was defending the near post, wrong footing keeper Lee and squirm its way into the net.
Oxenhope continued to press after the break Tom Marshall used his pace down the left, threaded the ball through to Metcalfe but again Rishton thwarted his effort.
Midway through the second period the home side doubled their advantage, a long ball down the left by Rishton, a speculative cross by Lee Reilly to the far post and defender Ward stuck out a leg which deflected the ball beyond keeper Lee and rolled into the net.
McNicoll then put in a heavy challenge on Steeton skipper Damian Whiteoak, he was surrounded by green shirts and following the ensuing fracas saw the referee brandish a red card towards McNicol for a head-but, when it was he that was on the receiving end.
Steeton took full advantage of the extra man spraying the ball around and on 80 minutes a loose ball out of his area by keeper Lee was pounced upon by King and he deposited into the back of the net.