All pile on: Silsden celebrate their 2006 triumph.
Pictures: David S Brett, click for more.
Rare success: A win over Crosshills two years ago was only the second time Oxenhope have lifted the cup.
Expect goals galore as the Keighley FA season finale takes centre stage at Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium this evening, 7.30pm.
Silsden Reserves and Oxenhope Rec have rattled in 40 goals in just three ties each on their way to the Challenge Cup final, the West Yorkshire League side hammering home the majority – 25 against Silsden’s 15.
But whichever teams emerges triumphant, they will earn only a rare entry on the cup’s 98-season honours list.
Although Silsden are top of the charts with 18 wins, their second string have only one to their name, coming eight years ago in their only previous appearance in the final.
Cup glory; Silsden Reserves’ only previous win came eight years ago.
That brought a penalty shoot-out triumph after a 1-1 draw with Steeton in 2006, soon after Silsden’s first team moved into more senior non-League ranks and their cup place was passed to the Reserves.
By contrast, Oxenhope have been plugging away in the competition for decades but their 2012 win over Crosshills was only the second in their history – their previous one way back in 1966. Indeed, this is only the seventh time they have reached the final, the first coming in 1925.
Previous final appearances
Oxenhope (6, won 2, lost 4)
1925: Lost 3-0 v Morton
1960: Lost 2-1 v Keighley Central
1966: Won 1-0 v Keighley Central
1997: Lost 3-1 v Cowling
2008: Lost 2-0 v Crosshills
2012: Won 7-4 v Crosshills
Silsden Reserves (1, won 1)
2006: Won 5-4 on pens v Steeton after 1-1 draw
Seven-up: Oxenhope celebrate one of their seven goals in their last cup win in 2012.
Steeton beat Silsden White Star 3-1
Oxenhope Rec beat Crosshills 7-4
Steeton 5 Cowling 0
Cowling 3 Long Lee 2
Crosshills 2 Steeton 1
Crosshills 2 Oxenhope 0
Bronte Wdrs 2 Keighley Shamrocks 1
Silsden Reserves 1 Steeton 1 (Silsden won 5-4 on penalties)
Crosshills 4 Sandy Lane 1
Silsden 2 Crosshills 0
Routes to the final:
1st round: Steeton A W 5-4
2nd round: Cross Hills H W 7-0
Semi-final: FC Sporting Keighley H W 13-2
1st round: Bingley Town A W 7-2
2nd round: Broomhill H W 3-0
Semi-final: Manningham All Stars H W 5-0
What it’s all about; The Keighley FA Challenge Cup.