A CONTROVERSIAL goal condemned Town Ladies to a 2-1 West Riding Women's Cup final defeat by Bradford City.
The big match at Woodlesford was evenly-balanced when, in the 74th minute, Neely Murrell slotted home the winner despite two Bradford players appearing to be offside.
Town had responded well after a nervy opening and the concession of a 19th-minute opener.
Goalkeeper Sarah Kennerdale misjudged a corner, and while Joanna Atkinson blocked the first Bradford effort, the ball was forced home in the scramble which followed.
The goal sparked Town into life, however, and with Leah Moorhouse pulling the strings, they began to build some momentum.
The equaliser came in the 43rd minute after Bradford gave away a needless free kick on right wing.
The ball was floated in by Kirsty McCluskey, and it was met at the near post by Rebecca Catling, who headed cleanly past the goalkeeper.
Town started the second half strongly, forcing a string of corners, but they were unable to capitalise.
Then, on 71 minutes, Moorhouse's long throw had the Bradford defence scrambling to cover.
Town responded to Bradford's goal with a double substitution, Michaela Jessop and Kate Mallin replacing Rachael Petyt and Melissa Sherwood, and they piled on the pressure.
They came close when Atkinson got the ball deep in her own half and went past two opponents before picking out Claire Hesselwood, who shaped to shoot but was robbed by a desperate last-ditch tackle.