Junior Football: RCD League clearing up Cup games ready for semi-final dates at Leeds Road Playing Fields next month
THE RCD League have Cup semi-finals booked in March at Leeds Road Playing Fields, so there’s little time left for any more postponements.
One team making it through to the fourth round (quarter-finals) are Kirkburton Under 14s, who had a 3-0 win against Honley.
A Callum Edinborough long throw into the penalty area set up Josh Hollings’ 10th-minute strike to give Kirkburton the lead as Honley, while playing some nice football, rarely threatened.
Honley’s Sam Rowlinson, Jack Searby and Jack Wood worked hard to keep the Kirkburton threat at bay, but they were undone a second time when another Edinborough throw led to a half clearance which only found its way to the edge of the area, from where Liam Haigh slammed the ball into the back of the net to give the home side a two-goal half-time cushion.
A change of tactics meant Kit Gardner moved into the front line for Honley, and the move gave the game a much more balanced look in the second half – but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome.
A Jordan Allen pass found Hollings, whose shot flashed just wide of the far post, before a Liam Haigh cross was headed onto the bar by Edward Keighley and Lex Sanderson pounced on the rebound to drill the ball into the net through a crowded area.
The visitors began to create some chances late in the game and Searby almost pulled one back, but his powerful header was straight at keeper Alex Jacques.
Sadly, for Honley, it was all too little, too late and Kirkburton now have a meeting with Uppermill for a place in the semi-finals.
Upperthong and Elland Under 12s played out their much-delayed second round Cup game and it was the Holme Valley side that got the edge in a five-goal game at Sands Rec.
Anthony Dawson, Isaac Firth and Reece Hudson were on target for Upperthong, who now take on YMCA in the third round next week.
Meanwhile, in the same age group, Honley booked themselves a fourth round visit to North Gawber following their solid victory over Meltham.
Meltham were on target three times, but replies from Conor Mahoney (2), Antonino Lungo (2), Cameron Sharp and a James Crabtree hat-trick settled the issue in Honley’s favour.
Another overdue second-round game took place at Elland’s Old Earth ground where HAFC got the better of Gomersal in their Under 14 encounter.
George Cockcroft, Ben Keegan and Niall Porter were on target as HAFC ran out 3-2 winners to set up a meeting with Batley.
After numerous postponements, Netherton Under 16s finally made the journey to North Yorkshire for their County Cup fourth-round meeting with Knareborough and the journey was worthwhile in the end.
After a Jones strike had levelled the tie at 1-1, neither side could make any further impact, even after extra-time, and the game had to be settled from the penalty spot. Netherton kept their nerve to win 4-1 and now take on Brighouse Town for a place in the semi-finals.