Tadcaster beaten on penalties in County Cup final

Carl Stewart, scorer of Tadcaster Albion's equalising goal, in action against Farsley Celtic in Tuesday's West Riding County Cup final. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Tadcaster Albion suffered penalty shoot-out heartache in Tuesday night’s West Riding County Cup final.

The Brewers held title-chasing Evo-Stik Division One North rivals Farsley Celtic to a 1-1 draw at the i2i Stadium before eventually losing out 4-2 on spot-kicks.

Albion thought that they had taken a fifth-minute lead when Rob Youhill followed up after Graeme McKibbin parried Carl Stewart’s effort, but the strike was ruled out for offside.

Ross Daly then rattled the Taddy crossbar with a volley before Farsley took the lead through Richard Marshall’s 24th-minute penalty after a foul by Stewart in the box.

Billy Miller’s men were back on terms within seven minutes as Stewart controlled Conor Sellars’ lofted pass on his chest and took the ball in his stride before lashing it into the roof of the net.

The Brewers began the second period strongly and Tom Corner fired narrowly wide before some superb pressing from Sellars afforded Stewart another sight of goal, but he was off target.

Stewart and Corner both went close again as the half wore on, but with the scores still tied after 90 minutes they game went to penalties.

Lewis Nightingale and Sellars both scored their respective sides’ first spot-kick before Jordan Deacey put Celtic 2-1 up.

Corner then smashed Taddy’s second attempt against the bar, but Marshall followed this up by sending Farsley’s third over the top.

Jono Greening levelled things up at 2-2, but Aaron Hardy restored Celtic’s advantage.

Josh Grant then crucially missed Albion’s fourth penalty and Paul Walker converted to win the game at 4-2.

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