KIRKBYMOORSIDE Under-14s put up a courageous showing before just failing to reach the final of the York Minor League U14s Cup.

Kirkby, leaders in division three, took on division one front-runners Poppleton in the semi-finals and only went down 4-3 after a cracking tie.

The Moorsiders’ marksmen were Dan Ward (2) and Jack Edwards.

Division two side Brooklyn U12s were likewise only just edged out by division one outfit Rawcliffe in their league cup quarter-final.

It was a well contested game with both sides battling hard from the off.

Good goalkeeping by Billy Chapman kept Rawcliffe a bay and, midway through the first half, man-of-the-match Levi Ellis won the ball and played it to Joe Boyes who set up Lewis Saunders.

His shot was saved but Thomas Davies charged in to tap the rebound home.

Rawcliffe, though, equalised from a corner and, although Brooklyn were unlucky not to go ahead in the second half, with several efforts going close, the division one side won the tie with a deflected shot from outside the box.

Brooklyn U15s missed a chance to close the gap to York Minor League U15s division one leaders York Cubs as they lost 2-1 to Wilberfoss Mavericks - Luke Balderson missing a penalty.

After 15 minutes, Brooklyn striker Tom Walsh won a corner on the left and Tom Richardson delivered it to the far post where Andrew Tiffney rose above the defenders to head powerfully in from close range.

However, the hosts quickly equalised from a controversial free-kick and then went ahead.

After the break, Brooklyn pushed forward as every opportunity but struggled to create good chances. On the hour-mark, Balderson had a good shout for a penalty but the referee deemed it a fair challenge, but then in the 65th minute, Walsh was blocked by a defender in the area and this time the referee pointed to the spot. After a lengthy wait, though, Balderson blasted over the bar.

Old Malton U14s held on to beat Wiggington Grasshoppers 5-4 in their penultimate league fixture of the season.

Sonny O’Neill volleyed superbly into the top corner, Jake Wiles headed in, and Thomas Cockerill scored direct from a corner for a 3-0 half-time advantage. Substitute Harry Bennett then scored with his first touch in the first minute of the second half and, although Wigginton replied, Tom Jenkins’ low drive made it 5-1.

Old Malton then began to implode, and were glad to hear the full-time whistle after Wigginton fought back.

Heslerton U11s lost 4-0 to title-chasing Seamer in the Scarborough Minor League.

Seamer took the lead with their first chance of the game but Heslerton, having limited the damage in the early stages, started to make inroads.

A surging run from man-of-the-match Sam Owen saw him beat the keeper, only to have his shot cleared off the line.

Ethan Smith went close with a chip and the effervescent Tom Allan tested the keeper from distance, but Seamer defended well then took their chances to increase the lead.

Strong tackling from Ihsan Eroglu and Finn Bricusse stopped Hessy being overrun, but the visitors ran out comfortable winners.

PATRYK JADCZUK hit a first-half hat-trick as Old Malton Under-13s Blues played some of their best football of the York Minor League season to win 4-1 at Wigginton Grasshoppers.

The striker opened the scoring after 10 minutes when he calmly finished Ben Ilsley’s through ball, and he got his second five minutes later when he headed home Lewis Pople’s accurate cross.

Malton, enjoying plenty of possession, quickly scored a third as Pople volleyed home, and they kept up the tempo for Jadczuk to get his third, being rewarded for his hard work as he latched onto Josh Lee’s through ball to score again.

Old Malton continued to play attractive football in the second half but they could not add to their goal tally and, with two minutes to go, the home team finally beat keeper Joe Barker to bag a consolation goal.

Heslerton U12s entertained Cayton Corinthians U12s in the Scarborough & District Minor League and put on a fantastic display - despite the 6-0 scoreline in the visitors’ favour.

Keeper Will Gilbank produced some fine saves when called upon and was unfortunate with the four goals the visitors did score in the first half. Heslerton took the game to Cayton after the break, going close through Oliver Stanton, Roman Butterfield, Tyler Green and Rowan Towse as they battled to the end, but the visitors added two more goals to their tally.

Heslerton U10s beat Holt in a fine encounter.

Striker Joe Pearce and midfielders Hayden Williamson and Riki-Lee Green got the goals, but victory was as much down to great communication and team work.

The man of the match was midfielder George Heap.