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Football: Rosedale in final of Memorial Trophy
2:29pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in Sport
KYLE Clackerty bagged a brace to book Rosedale’s place in the Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy final.
Goalkeeper Shaun Dowson also made a crucial penalty save to help Dale overcome hosts Union Rovers 3-2 in a hard-fought semi-final.
Gillamoor now await Rosedale in the final.
After Mikey Brown had opened the scoring on five minutes for Union, Rosedale were forced to come back from behind twice to emerge triumphant.
First, leading marksman Clackerty levelled after 35 minutes from an acute angle before Liam Foley fired Rovers back in front on the stroke of half-time.
Matthew Tyreman went on to claim a second equaliser five minutes after the break when he finished off a five-man move.
But Union squandered the opportunity to go ahead for a third time when Dowson pulled off a superb stop to save Brown’s spot kick on the hour.
Clackerty – the joint man-of-the-match with Dowson – then settled matters with a cool finish. Union’s top performer was left-midfielder Foley.
In division one, leaders Sinnington were held to a 2-2 draw by last season’s champions, Kirkbymoorside reserves.
The Moorsiders led after first-half goals from Jason Brown and Aaran Rivis but the Sinners responded through David Wilkinson and Wayne Moon after the break. Rivis and Paul Harland were their teams’ respective men of the match.
Bagby & Balk stormed to a 8-0 win at Norton United thanks to four-goal man-of-the-match Steve Tarple, Dan George (2), Martin Kendall and Graham Barker.
Stand-in ’keeper Richard Dawson and defender Will Spowart were Norton’s top performers.
Thornton-le-Dale enjoyed a 4-2 victory over Kirkdale United with David Elliott (2), man-of-the-match Craig Sunley and Tim Hunt the marksmen.
Alex Croall and Graham Atkinson had twice given Kirkdale the lead but a string of outstanding saves by youngster James Thompson prevented a heavier defeat.
In division two, Slingsby fought back with goals from Luke Gibson and Fraser Hall to earn a 2-2 draw against Union Rovers seconds, who had forged in front through Luke Dawson and an own goal.
Slingsby midfielder Fraser Hall and Union right-back Zak Holmes were the best two players on the pitch.
Ashley Walker struck twice in a 2-1 triumph for Gillamoor reserves at Rillington Athletic reserves.
The hosts’ star man Harry Thistleton managed a consolation, while Paul White and Adam Durrant impressed most for Gillamoor.
In the Panasonic League Division Two Cup, Stainton reserves reached the semi-finals following a 5-0 victory at Aislaby United courtesy of Sam Wallace (2), MacAuley Youngson (2) and Ross Triffitt with Kevin Craig taking the man-of-the-match honours.
John Charters (2), Tony Raper, man-of-the-match Dean Walker, Sean Dixon, Brandan Carr and David Waite all hit the target in Easingwold Town thirds’ 7-0 thumping of Thornton-le-Dale reserves.
In the Ryedale Hospital Cup, Gillamoor will take on Sinnington in the semi-finals after overcoming Duncombe Park 3-2.
Park led through James Craig and a 25-yard David Elkington lob before Scott Simpson (2) and Luke McClaren, with a late header, turned the tide. Craig and Christian Ardisonne also hit the bar for Duncombe, for whom Elkington starred. Gillamoor’s star men were Josh Tateson and David Gardner.