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Emley youngsters bow out in cup quarter-final

Ten-man Emley slip up against Hyde

Ten-man Emley took Hyde all the way to extra time but were unable to prevent a 2-0 defeat in the quarter-final of the Lancashire League Cup, writes Richard Waterhouse.

The visitors grabbed the goals at the start and the end of extra time to claim victory, but Emley’s hopes were affected after Jack Steers was sent off.

Robbie Wadsworth was also shown a red card after the match and two other players were shown yellow cards during a scrappy affair.

The hosts looked the better side in the first half creating plenty of chances which could have broken the deadlock an Wadsworth tried to recreate Wayne Rooney’s volley against West Ham but his attempt went wide.

On the half hour mark, Johnny Irving had a header cleared off the line two minutes after he fired a volley wide, but keeper Joe Stead was called into action as he prevented Hyde’s Ryan Gibson.

Hyde started the livelier in the second half, forcing Stead into some early saves.

And 20 minutes from time Matthew Crookes struck a powerful shot which stung the palms of the goalkeeper before his curling free kick was pushed away.

Hyde hit back on the counter attack and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after Steers caught the back of his marker and as a result was dismissed.

There was another call for a sending off 10 minutes into extra time when Mason slid into Connor Tuff on the sideline, but the referee issued a yellow card instead.

Three minutes after the restart, Hyde found the net when Ryan Gibson broke through the gap in defence and sent the ball into the far right corner.

The second goal was worked similarly as substitute, Christian Travaglini, tucked his shot under the keeper.

Howson’s side kept on fighting and had chances to keep the tie alive but could not trouble the Hyde goal – man of the match for Emley was Stead.

The next game scheduled for the Development Squad will take place on the 17th April at home to Garforth Town.

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