Rivals have to share spoils

GREETLAND Goldstars under 13s and Boothtown were forced to share the spoils from an opening day 1-1 draw.

Boothtown played down the slope in the first half and some early pressure saw the impressive Cameron Visciano break clear down the right and hit a strong shot which was superbly saved by Joseph Brooke.

Greetland were always dangerous on the counter attack but central defender Dan Hildred prevented them from threatening the Boothtown goal, whilst a solid Greetland defence limited the opposition to long range efforts.

The early stages of the second half saw Greetland on top and it was against the run of play when a Callum Jackson cross was swept home by striker Nicky Meade to put them one up.

It was Greetland who started to create the best chances and following a long shot Bradley Madin spilled the ball and substitute Ashley Muncaster tapped the ball home from close range for a deserved equaliser.

From then on the game was even with Boothtown battling up the slope through the impressive Jordan Kilvington and Tom McGregor up the left wing, whilst debutant Corey Rose and Jake Tait worked hard in the Boothtown defence to limit Greetland’s chances.

GREETLAND Goldstars under 12s Girls started their campaign in Division One of the West Riding Girls Football League with a convincing 5-2 victory at Rothwell Juniors.

Goldstars were on the attack from the kick-off and winger Lauryn Smith was put through by striker Olivia Coukham, but drilled her shot wide. Rothwell struck back when Ellie Barltrop picked up the ball in defence and was allowed to run the length of the pitch, but her shot lacked power and Greetland keeper Isobel Pare was able to save comfortably.

Greetland continued to pile on the pressure and right-winger Katie Smith’s long range effort went over the bar while midfielder Grace Walker was unlucky to see her shot strike the outside of the post.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 18th minute when, following some terrific battling for possession by Grace Walker in the penalty area, Lauryn Smith’s perseverance was rewarded when the ball broke to her and she fired in off the underside of the bar.

At the other end, Greetland’s defensive partnership of Lucy Raine and Sophie Jackson could not afford to relax due to the threat posed by Rothwell forward Emily Townend. As a further warning, Lucy Devine fired the ball across the face of goal but nobody could apply the final touch.

Greetland weathered the storm and went on to double their lead when Lauryn Smith broke down the left and delivered an inch-perfect cross for the unmarked Olivia Coukham, although the visitors were grateful to keeper Isobel Pare who made an excellent save from Emily Townend before the break.

Greetland started the second half with the same intensity and purpose as the first, forcing corners and creating chances for Olivia Coukham and Lauryn Smith. Coukham’s scuffed effort was comfortably saved by Rothwell keeper Millie Oates while Smith hooked her attempt over the bar.

Greetland extended their lead when Grace Walker latched onto a Lucy Raine long throw in the box and drove home from close range. Rothwell countered with another Townend breakaway but once again her final shot was well-saved by Pare. Goldstars further turned the screw just 11 minutes later when defender Sophie Jackson ventured forward for a corner, picked up a loose ball just inside the box and fired home to make it 4-0.

Greetland had the bit between their teeth and Grace Walker fired over before Katie Smith’s inswinging free-kick evaded everyone but came back off the post.

Goldstars then scored the best goal of the game when Sophie Jackson’s quick throw-in found Lauryn Smith. A swift, incisive passing move between Smith, Hopkins, Walker and finally Hopkins again carved open the Rothwell defence leaving Hopkins free to thunder her shot into the roof of the net.

Lucy Raine volleyed wide from the edge of the box and Shauna Hopkins saw her shot take a deflection forcing Millie Oates in the Rothwell goal to make an instinctive reflex save with her foot. Substitute Lydia Robinson was also quick to get in on the act but her low drive to the near post was again well-saved by the keeper.

Rothwell’s hard work finally began to pay dividends.

Emily Townend’s flick and turn took her past the Greetland defence and although her shot was saved by Pare, the ball ran free to Lucy Devine who slotted home. A minute later Townend again caused confusion in the Greetland defence, allowing Devine to score a second from close range to complete the scoring.

More junior football in Thursday’s Courier Sport