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Holders lose opening game in Richard Flaherty Memorial Trophy
4:15pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Sport
GILLAMOOR'S defence of the Richard Flaherty Memorial Trophy got off to a losing start in the opening batch of group matches.
Gills, shorn of a few players from last season, fell 5-3 to one of their main rivals in the newitts.com Beckett League in Union Rovers, who have added a number of faces to their squad.
In a quiet first half, Union took the lead through a Paul Holder penalty only for Gillamoor to reply just before half-time.
The second half exploded into action with Union storming 5-1 up midway through the period.
Gillamoor looked out of it but then shook their opponents with two quick goals of their own, though the more experienced Union side saw the game through.
There was another goal fest at Slingsby where the home team, returning to the trophy after several years away, were edged 5-4 by 10- man Ryedale Sports Club.
Ryedale shot into a two-goal lead and it seemed they would walk away with the game but Slingsby got themselves back into it, equalising from the penalty spot after the Ryedale centre-half was sent off for a professional foul.
An end-to-end second half comprising plenty of goal-scoring opportunities followed. Both teams bagged two and it was difficult to call who would – Ryedale showing their experience to nick it.
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