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Football: Thriller ends Kirkbymoorside reserves’ cup hopes
3:58pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
KIRKBYMOORSIDE reserves’ hopes of regaining the Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup were ended with a semi-final defeat to holders Lingdale United.
Player-manager Andrew Marley’s young Kirkby side featuring four 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old shocked Lingdale with the standard of their play, with the visitors being relieved to return home with a final berth booked thanks to a late winner at the end of a 5-4 thriller.
Kirkby took the lead in the first minute as Jason Brown crossed for Lee Nesfield to tap in, Lingdale players waiting in vain for an offside flag.
But Lingdale were level within two minutes through Luke Johnson and took the lead after 10 minutes through Anthony Jones’ unstoppable 20-yarder into the top corner.
The Moorsiders equalised midway through the first half when a good right-wing move allowed Aaron Rivis to score with an excellent 16-yard shot.
An Andy Smith penalty restored Lingdale’s lead just before the interval and within 30 seconds of the restart it was 4-2 as former Blackpool trialist Shane Breckon netted with a left-foot shot. The Moorsiders stuck to their game plan, though, and Bradley Spink linked well with Nesfield to set up man-of-the-match Josh Butler to score on the hour mark.
Ten minutes later, Spink set up Brown to level matters again.
The game was heading for a penalty shoot-out until Breckon scored his second of the game late on.
In the final, Lingdale United will meet Lealholm, who beat last season’s losing finalists, Loftus Athletic, 3-2 in another excellent semi-final in front of 100-plus crowd.
Loftus took the lead through a Jordan Smith header from a free-kick, but they could not beat impressive goalkeeper James Gibson with several other chances and the second half saw Lealholm get on top.
Sam Crooks scored twice to put his side and, although Kevin Devereux levelled with a 25-yard free-kick, Lealholm bagged a winner seven minutes from time through Darren Harland after excellent work by Mark Thompson.