Pannal Sports U-16s won a pulsating Maddison Cup final 2-0 over Beckwithshaw at Harrogate‘s Town CNG Stadium last week.
The game was a great showpiece for local youth football with two teams playing an end-to-end game in a competitive and good spirit.
The first half ended goalless, with Mitch Horner and Jack Campbell unlucky not to score for their teams.
Sports took a grip of the game in the second half through strong midfield play by midfielders Keiron Dowler, Tim Williams, Joe Nolan and Reece Snowdon. Sports broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Chris Petty applied a cool finish from inside the box, following a superb run and cross by Luke Watson.
Beckwithshaw made a determined push in the last ten minutes to force extra time, but the Sports defence held strong, through keeper Jake Webber, captain Jake Brown, and defenders Ollie Holden, Sam Black, Bill Webster and Alistair Horn.
With just a few minutes left, Sports sprang from a deep defensive position, with a counter attack that ended up with Luke Watson being fouled in the box as he bore down on goal.
Jake McNulty stepped up calmly to strike the penalty low in the bottom left corner to secure the cup for Sports.
Sports now aim to complete a Maddison and League cup double.
Kirk Deighton Rangers U-17s secured their 13th victory of the season with a comfortable 4-0 victory away at Pannal Panthers.
Top scorer Chris Stephenson bagged a double to take his total this season to 13 goals from 18 appearances. Captain Owen Davies nodded home for his 10th goal of the season. Probably the best of KDR’s goals came courtesy of Harry Stobert.
This was an individual effort as he bull-dozed his way through Pannal’s defence all the way from the half-way line and finished with composure as the keeper advanced.
KDR’s Kirby Builder’s Merchants Man of the Match Award was a tough one this week but went to Liam Gotting who hassled and harried Pannal’s defence and created plenty of chances for KDR.
KDR now put their feet up for a couple of weeks over Easter before they play their final match of the season away at Helperby. The league title looks like it will be battled out between Pannal Sports and Ilkley whilst KDR look set for third position
Kirk Deighton Rangers U-12s continued their poor run with a heavy 6-1 defeat at home to Ilkley.
The visitors reversed things after suffering a home defeat to Kirk Deighton two weeks ago.
The home side were second best in the early exchanges and soon fell a goal down.
A saved penalty and some missed chances meant Kirk Deighton went 1-0 down at the break. In an end to end second half Ilkley took their chances and built up a six-goal lead.
Lucas Abusin got a late consolation goal for the home side. The score line was a harsh on Kirk Deighton who had opportunities to stay in the contest well into the second half.
Tom Richmond was KDR’s man of the match for showinggood effort and persistence right to end.