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Football: Brooklyn’s hot shots
3:21pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
BROOKLYN began life in their new guise with cup joy against Osbaldwick.
The Ryedale side, formerly called Amotherby & Swinton before their link-up with the Malton-based junior club, drew 2-2 with their division one rivals in the York Minster Engineer-ing League Senior Cup first round before prevailing 3-1 on penalties.
It set up a tie at home to Hemingbrough United tomorrow (Thursday) night, kick off 7.15pm, and left manager Matty Hood hoping his side would now know what awaits if they are to succeed in the league.
“Once again it took us too long to get started with only Jonny Dunning showing the intensity we were after,” said Hood. “Hopefully this performance will give us the kick we needed coming into the start of the league campaign.
“Osbaldwick were a very organised side and better than the majority of division one sides we faced last season and they will most likely be a threat this season.”
Goalkeeper Andy Slaughter was the hero, saving two spot-kicks in the shoot-out following a commanding 90 minutes.
Brooklyn, without injured vice-captain Ryan Boyd and the suspended David Thompson, had started the game slowly, failing to replicate good pre-season form. They pressed well to regain possession but were sloppy with the ball.
Mikey Brown had the first opportunity when he was played through on goal but he lost his footing and blazed over.
Slaughter was flawless in the Brooklyn goal and, after commanding his area from a barrage of Osbaldwick set-pieces, he made a good save after the visitors broke down the right.
Osbaldwick took the lead, though, just before half-time when a superb through ball caught Brooklyn captain Stevie Clay out of position.
Brooklyn began the second half the brighter of the two sides. Midfielder Dunning set the tempo and, after good football down the right between Karl Richardson and Clay, the latter whipped an inch-perfect delivery into the box for Dunning to nod home.
Brooklyn started to string passes together, and more good play down the right allowed Brown to have another shot on goal, his half-volley on the turn from close range being well saved. Last year’s top goalscorer, Andrew Philips, also stung the palms of Osbaldwick’s ‘keeper from a tight angle.
The home side soon then took the lead after a Philips through ball found strike partner Brown, whose effort was poorly dealt with at the near post by Osbaldwick’s number one.
With five minutes left, Brooklyn needed to remain solid, but Osbaldwick found a gap through the middle and the on-rushing Slaughter was lobbed by a superb finish.
The goalkeeper had the last laugh, though, saving Osbaldwick’s first two penalties. Neil Alexander also missed for Brooklyn but Clay and Mathew Webster made no mistake, either side of Osbaldwick’s one successful spot-kick. The visitors’ next was blazed over the bar, leaving Brown to seal Brooklyn’s progress, albeit with some luck – thumping the ball in off the underside of the bar.
Brooklyn’s division one campaign begins on September 7 at home to Hamilton Panthers.
Brooklyn reserves hosted Whel-drake in the Reserve Cup last night.
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