Crossleys too good for Littleborough

Crossleys under 12s returned with the points following an excellent 7-3 success at league new boys Littleborough.

Crossleys took the lead in opening five minutes when Adam Riding intercepted a Littleborough pass and sent Lewis Spinner away. His cross found Kyle Baxter whose effort was pushed away by Sam Burke in the Littleborough goal but the ball fell to Max Halsworth to fire home. The lead was doubled soon after when Regan Armstrong squared for Lewis Spinner to fire home.

Littleborough had couple of chances but Crossleys goalkeeper Luke Millar was in fine form before the visitors increased their lead when Matthew Gavan got a block in on a Littleborough attack allowing Jamie Sykes and Max Halsworth to combine for Regan Armstrong to fire home from the edge of the area. Just before the break Oliver Lee pulled one back for Littleborough to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half saw both teams trying playing football on very boggy pitch. Crossley soon grabbed a fourth when Adam Riding sent Jamie Sykes away and he passed on to Conner Richardson who netted a fine individual goal.

Jamie Sykes was next on the scoresheet following a wonderful through ball from Kyle Baxter but Littleborough showed their character by grabbing a couple of quick goals to trail 5-2.

As the game drew to a close Crossleys were awarded a free kick and Tyrin Shields stepped up to fire home. Euan Geleziunas thought he got on the scoresheet but his effort was judged not cross the line.

Crossleys were then awarded a penalty and Kyle Baxter stepped up to fire home.

HALIFAX Irish Whites under 12s produced an improved showing but still came out second best 6-3 to a very good Greetland team.

Greetland started well with Irish reliant on good goalkeeping from James Langley and defending by Kyle Helliwell to keep them at bay. Greetland eventually found the net with an header after the Irish defence failed to clear the ball. Straight from the restart Brandon Jackson almost equalised but his shot went narrowly wide then James Langley had to make a couple of smart saves before Irish equalised when Brandon Jackson and Jack Chesters combined to leave Joe Batty clear to score. Greetland finished the half well but the Irish defence stood firm to leave the half time score at 1-1.

Jack Chesters had an early chance in the second half but shot wide before Greetland scored twice to make it 3-1. Irish then fought back with Brandon Jackson scoring after a Jack Chesters shot was spilled by the Greetland keeper.

That was as good as it got for Irish with Greetland scoring three more goals to take control of the game. Irish never gave up and scored the final goal of the game when Brandon Jackson played the ball through to Jack Chesters who finished well.

GREETLAND Goldstars under 13s staged a dramatic second half fightback from 2-0 down to beat St Columbas 4-2.

The early exchanges were all Greetland and they created a number of chances before Saints took the lead against the run of play when a long ball from the keeper was allowed to bounce and a quick ball out to the wing saw a high chip over the retreating Joseph Brooke in goal.

Once again Greetland made the running as Saints rode their luck but when they did break out of their half they made it count when another lob over Brooke doubled their advantage before the break.

Greetland needed to react and they reduced the arrears when fine approach play saw Bainbridge turn his marker on the edge of the box and pass right to the unmarked Allen who hit a rising shot into the roof of the net.

They levelled soon after, Muncaster heading a clearance the back into the box where the keeper came off his line to collect but was beaten to the dropping ball by Bainbridge who turned the ball home.

Greetland now had the momentum and took the lead when Allen saw his penalty parried by the keeper but Hirst followed up to smash in the rebound.

That gave Greetland even more confidence and they wrapped things up through Allen’s second penalty, this time successful, while Saints were also awarded a late spot kick but fired it wide.

More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier