Steeton’s cup hopes end after five goals in last eight minutes flurry

Action from Steeton's cup defeat at home to Ovenden. Pictures: Courtesy Steeton Facebook page

Action from Steeton’s cup defeat at home to Ovenden.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

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Ovenden WR 5

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Steeton fell at the first hurdle in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division Cup but made the cup holders work hard for passage.
With Matty Kershaw unavailable, Danny Driver returned to the starting XI, while Joe Park took over from Josh Ferguson to partner Sam Rooke at centre back.
Jamie Longley returned to the first team, after playing for the reserves last week, in a move that saw Ryan Cox drop to the bench.
For the first quarter of an hour the teams cancelled each other out, with neither goalkeeper having much to do.
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.27.25The first real chance of the game fell to Ovenden when they broke through and only a last ditch tackle by Park prevented a one-on-one with Steeton keeper Josh Brooksbank. Despite calls for a penalty, referee Colin Woods saw nothing wrong with Park’s tackle.
Moments later, Ovenden saw a rasping shot hit the side netting. Strong tackles by Park, Rooke and Tim Hird, as well as two good blocks by Mark McGee, made sure the visitors could not take the lead until just before the half-hour mark.
A foul by Rooke resulted in Ovenden being awarded a free-kick, which was struck on the volley by Glynn Beale. His shot deflected off Park, giving Brooksbank no chance. Good goalkeeping by Brooksbank prevented Ovenden doubling their lead before Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.26.28half-time.
Ovenden nearly scored a second early in the second half when last man Rooke slipped, but he did well to quickly get to his feet and make a tackle.
Steeton then came close through Andy Holden but his shot sailed over the bar.
On the hour mark, Park was booked for a late challenge by a referee who was otherwise very lenient.
Soon after, a good cross by Josh Metcalfe came to nothing as nobody was in a position to take the opportunity.
Metcalfe was then replaced by Ryan Cox, with Holden pushing up and Cox taking over Holden’s role as one of the midfield three.
Steeton continued to look to get back into the game, but striker Jamie Longley’s lack of match fitness began to show as his chances were limited by the visitors’ defence.
Ovenden then doubled their lead when a poor Steeton pass was picked up by the Ovenden right midfielder.
Despite being chased down by Mark McGee, he crossed the ball to Beale who confidently took his second goal of the match.
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.26.39Brooksbank continued to show his strength in goal, with three good saves that prevented Steeton falling further behind. Longley was replaced by Danny McNulty with 15 minutes remaining. The substitution allowed McGee to press further forward, and he came close to scoring almost immediately.
The final eight minutes of the game saw an amazing five goals.
Ovenden went 3-0 up after a long through ball caught the Steeton defence flat-footed.
Two minutes later, Andy King lobbed the ball goalwards and the visitors’ ‘keeper dropped it into his net as he back-pedalled. Steeton manager Roy Mason then used his third substitution, bringing on Corey Speed for skipper Damien Whiteoak. Steeton’s hopes of another late comeback were soon dashed when Ovenden scored a fourth with a measured chip over the advancing Brooksbank.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Steeton were awarded a free-kick on the left touchline.
Holden’s looping shot deceived teammates and opponents alike, with the ball sailing into the top corner and becoming wedged in the stanchion to make the score 4-2.
Ovenden then scored the final goal of the encounter straight from the kick off, to give the game a final score of 5-2.
Steeton: Brooksbank, Driver, McGee, Park, Rooke, Whiteoak (Speed), Holden, Hird, King, Longley (McNulty), Metcalfe (Cox).
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