YMCA continued their dominance of the Under 11’s with a solid 3-0 win over Dewsbury Rangers.
The Laund Hill club, who won the Huddersfield Minor FA Under 11 Cup last week, are rapidly closing in on the league title and a second cup win against Dewsbury sealed the second part of their treble chasing season.
But the win didn’t come easy as Dewsbury matched them in every department and looked capable of causing an upset as Daniel Rickell, Curtis Williams-Wilson and Joe Byford took control for much of the game.
Elliot Walker opened the scoring for YMCA on 10 minutes but, although Ben Stephenson and James Pettinger were ruling midfield and forwards Marley James and Jake Robshaw looked capable of scoring a second at any time, they were reduced to half chances as defenders Thomas Kaye, Joel Cattling, James Tasker and Daniel Rickell held their ground and anything that did get past them was dealt with comfortably by keeper Oliver Bennetts.
YMCA found themselves on the back foot for much of the second half and Dewsbury were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as James Morris and George White went close. But Dewsbury’s drive for an equaliser left them exposed and James took full advantage to double YMCA’s tally late in the game before Tom Hughes wrapped added a third in the closing moments.
A Carl David hat trick was enough for Yorkshire Lions Under 13’s to finally break the spell that seemed to condemn them to being second in all competitions.
Runners-up in the league and cup last season the Lions looked as though they might finish second in the league again this term but, despite strong resistance from Howden Clough, the team were determined not to return to their brand new £1m clubhouse at Warrenside empty-handed and beat Howden Clough 3-1.
David got the Lions off to a flying start with a goal after 10 minutes but Howden Clough were soon back on level terms thanks to an Adam Williams strike five minutes later.
A long throw from the right eluded the Clough defence and David fired home a second from eight-yards.
Clough threw everything forward in the second half but, despite the efforts of Ashley Peel and Adam Milner they were unable to find a way through the Lions defence well-marshalled by captain Harvey Morris.
The relief of the Lions supporters could be felt all around the ground when Adams completed his hat trick late in the game to seal the win and, at last, give them something for their new trophy cabinet.
Another YMCA team with cause for celebrations is the Under 17’s who beat Kexborough 4-1 in the final.
With a league title still a real possibility the Laund Hill side were determined not to slip up in the cup final.
David Pearson set YMCA on the road to victory with a well-taken goal on 15 minutes but Kexborough equalised through Tom Ripley.
A second Pearson goal seemed to settle YMCA and although Kexborough never gave up they finally had to concede defeat when Steve Stewart and Chris Adams struck late in the game to ensure YMCA’s victory.
Next week sees another feast of cup action with no fewer than six RCD League Cup Finals taking place at Syngenta, Leeds Road.
Under 9s Dewsbury Rangers v Hepworth Utd (2.00), Under 10s Vision v YMCA (3.00), Under 12s Huddersfield Amats v YMCA (2.15), Under 14s Howden Clough v Lepton Highlanders (4.15), Under 16s Linthwaite v Wyke Wanderers (2.30), Under 18s Bradford Utd v Brighouse (4.30).