Oxenhope pay penalty for missed chances

Steeton celebrate their cup-winning penalty. Pictures: David S Brett.

Steeton celebrate their cup-winning penalty.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 07.43.33Oxenhope Rec Res 0
Steeton Res 0
(aet, Steeton win 4-3 on penalties)

See more of David S Brett’s pictures, here.
Oxenhope felt distraught at the end of a goalless Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final.
The cup holders dominated throughout with keeper Nick Hudson not having to make a single save in anger before facing a penalty shoot-out.
Steeton stuck to their game plan of defending deep, frustrating the opposition and hitting on the break. From the start it was Oxenhope that carried the threat, totally dominating the play in the early exchanges.
Craig Morris headed wide from Will Lee’s free-kick and Liam Dyson hit the side netting following a break down the right by Leon Smith.
Steeton’s back line held firm, led by the experienced Martin Bland, and repelled numerous other attacks.
Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 13.05.12Left-back Gaz Ritson burst down the flank and played in Morris but his fierce drive was blocked by keeper Paul Linyard.
For 10 minutes after the break, Steeton did threaten but the central defensive pairing of Steve Davies and Liam Blacka dealt comfortably with all they had to offer.
After that it was once again Oxenhope who looked the more dangerous with Morris and Leroy Hickman a constant threat.
The former drove into the box, riding three tackles but, again, Linyard blocked his shot and Smith’s follow-up was cleared.
Lee’s long-range shot was cleared and a venomous strike from Hickman did beat the keeper but was hacked off the line.
It was stalemate after 90 minutes and the match went into extra time, when again Oxenhope created chances with Ritson replacing Hickman up front.
Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 13.04.41He had two good runs and strikes on goal but again Linyard was in the right position to save.
No goals came in extra time so the destiny of the John Brown Memorial Trophy went down to penalties.
Blacka and Lee both found the net for Oxenhope to cancel out strikes from Ross Bailey and Mark McGee.
Danny Fazackerley struck his shot against the bar and Steeton‘s Josh Ferguson gave them the advantage.
Ritson made no mistake with his spot kick with Hudson then saving from Steeton‘s George Sellars to square the contest with one kick each remaining.
Davies skied his strike and Steeton’s Jack Richmond converted to hand the cup back to Steeton after their 2012 triumph.
See more of David S Brett’s pictures, here.
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