Football: Goals flow again in pre-season trophy contest

Retiring secretary Keith Sales, on the right, with league chairman Jimmy Blacklock, who made a presentation on behalf of the Beckett League

Retiring secretary Keith Sales, on the right, with league chairman Jimmy Blacklock, who made a presentation on behalf of the Beckett League

First published in Sport

THERE was an avalanche of goals in the second week of the Richard Flaherty Memorial Trophy.

Last Monday saw two cracking group-stage derbies, with Kirkdale beating Ryedale 2-0 to give themselves a great chance of reaching the final, while last year’s winners Old Malton reserves and Malton & Norton reserves drew 4-4.

A blockbusting strike into the top corner and a penalty brought Kirkdale’s victory.

Two M&N goals sandwiched a quick Old Malton double as the first half ended 2-2.

Stalwart Simon Cooke put Old Malton ahead and it was soon 4-2 M&N stepped up a gear and after missing several outstanding chances bagged two goals to draw level.

On Thursday, Sinnington edged Slingsby 3-2 in a frantic, ding-dong game on a wet, slippy pitch. Sinnington took an early lead and Slingsby replied either side of half-time before Sinnington levelled with a penalty and bagged a winner.

Highly-fancied Union Rovers beat Gillamoor 5-4 in another belter.

Union took an early lead, before Gillamoor woke up and, after missing a penalty, equalised with a cracking goal, after missing a penalty. Union scored twice with Gillamoor pulling one back before half-time.

A hat-trick strike saw Gillamoor level again but, after chances went begging at both ends, Union went back ahead with 10 minutes left. Gillamoor again equalised but Union threw everything into attack and with virtually the last kick of the game bagged the winner.

If Union avoid defeat to Old Malton tomorrow (Thursday) they will qualify for the final from group one. Kirkdale will do likewise from group two if they avoid defeat against Slingsby.

Meanwhile, Keith Sales was given a surprise send-off as secretary of the newitts.com Beckett League at a special dinner at the Black Swan, Pickering.

Sales has recently retired after 44 years in the role. The dinner was attended by 34 club members who managed to keep it a surprise until he walked through the door.

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