Ryburn Blacks crown great season with 5-0 thumping

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RYBURN United under nine Blacks capped a fantastic season with a 5-0 victory over Northowram Colts.

The team’s incredible run started back in September, and 18 league games later they have completed their season as the only unbeaten team in their age group within Calderdale. Of these 18 games 16 were won and two finished as draws

Next up is a cup semi-final against Crossleys as well as various tournaments taking them to Manchester and a trip to Staffordshire where they have been invited to take on Stoke City’s Academy under eights

Captained by William Amer, Ryburn were the dominant force throughout the game against Northowram with Jack Smith, Sam Kimpton, Noah Butterfield and Will Amer all resolute in defence.

The battle was won in midfield where due to the trickery of Ryan Martin and Joseph McDonnell, Ryburn fashioned plenty of opportunities with Seb Colman and Sebastian Tomlinson both going close.

With the midfield dynamo Matthew Nicholson grabbing a hat-trick, the writing was on the wall for Northowram who had never been nilled before this game

William Colwell and William Blair bagged a goal each to complete the victory with special mention going to Luke Martin who pulled off a sensational save in the final minute to keep his eighth clean sheet of the campaign.

Crossley Juniors under 12s hosted Halifax Irish, and in a tough encounter emerged 3-0 winners.

Defences were on top from the first whistle with both sides finding it hard to break the other down. Crossley went close when Kaylum Moran-Paine fired narrowly over from distance.

After a spell of Crossley pressure, Irish made a lightning break down the right and shot over the bar after a great defence splitting pass left the defence momentarily exposed.

Crossley fashioned two more chances, both falling to Sam Sinclair, the second a spectacular overhead kick which flashed just wide, before they finally broke the deadlock when Morgan Griffiths raced on to a quick throw in and crossed for Sinclair to fire in from close range.

The lead was doubled just before half time when Irish only half cleared the ball which fell to Moran-Paine who took a touch and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to make it 2-0 at the break.

The second half was dominated by Crossley and a mixture of missed chances and excellent defending by Irish kept the score down until the last minute. Juniors won a free kick on halfway and the ball was swung deep into the area by Mason Butterfield and was fumbled by the keeper leaving Connor Atkinson with a simple tap in.

GREETLAND Stars under 15s continued their winning run with a 4-2 success over a battling Honley side.

After moving from centre half to midfield, Luke Sweeney received a pass from Joe Nicholson and powered home a shot from 20 yards. Both sides then created a number of chances but the defences stood firm with outstanding goalkeeping a regular feature of the game.

A classy finish from James Murgatroyd early in the second half made it 2-0, completing a move involving Craig, Rollins, Cook, Joyce and Stocks. Honley grabbed a goal back after beating the offside trap and Greetland’s man of the match Callum Mawer before skilful work between Lister and Williams created the chance for Stocks who produced a quality finish to give the home side some breathing space.

Honley continued to press and pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 and it needed some quality defending and goalkeeping to ensure that Greetland held on to their lead.

The game was made safe when Carrington, Lister, Murgatroyd and Williams combined with some neat one touch football to set up Rory Youell who lobbed the keeper from 20 yards.

Late in the game Callum Mawer was again called upon to make another classy save.