Clean sheet bonus as Irish bag points

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HALIFAX Irish under 12s sealed a fine 4-0 win against a quality Rastrick side with the added bonus of another clean sheet for keeper George Clarke.

Rastrick had the wind at their backs for the first half but both sides had plenty of opportunities to score. After only four minutes Irish were awarded a penalty by referee Will Tolley when Harry Ashcroft was brought down, but Aiden Walker’s spot kick was well saved by keeper Connor Murphy.

Irish gained control of midfield with Matty Crowther prominent and after a great run from Zach Thompson, Murphy pulled off another save. Rastrick then had two chances both of which George Clarke saved well from Sam Smith.

The deadlock was finally broken when a flowing move saw Henry Welford set Regan Martin free and he skipped past the full back and crossed for Zach Thompson to crash the ball home just before the break.

Irish took control of the second half and five minutes after the break Regan Martin combined with Niall Paterson to set up Kian Sunderland to shoot low into the corner for his first goal since returning from a serious injury.

Jirrove Roque and Elliott Cuttle were superb down the flanks for Irish and another slick move saw Cuttle split the defence and Zach Thompson was upended in the box for another penalty kick. Niall Paterson made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0.

Rastrick kept battling and although the dangerous Smith had a couple of chances defenders Josh Teale, Henry Welford and Dion Oczabruk kept opportunities to a minimum.

The fourth goal arrived with eight minutes left and was the goal of the game thanks to a spectacular 25 yard curler from Dion Oczabruk which flew into the top corner.

BRIGHOUSE Juniors under eight A, B and C teams visited Pudsey and were unlucky to be on the receiving end of three defeats.

In the first game Pudsey had the wind behind them and took full advantage to run out 4-0 winners despite some heroic defending from Josh Heavyside and Samuel Brearley. The second half saw Brighouse play some great passing football with Luca Willan, Jack Green and Josh Lumb combining well.

The B teams went head to head in a thrilling encounter. Pudsey’s early lead was cancelled out when Kian Collins smashed home an inch perfect free kick.

Man of the match Josh Wood worked hard at the back but Pudsey scored two further goals before Joshua Harrison netted with a great strike as Pudsey edged a 3-2 win.

The 5-1 scoreline in the final game flattered the home side with Brighouse grinding out a good performance. Jack Green scored Brighouse`s only goal while James Mowbray was exceptional in defence.

Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier