GREETLAND Rangers under 17s overcame local rivals Brighouse Rangers to reach the final of the Halifax Cup after a hard fought 16-6 victory.
Greetland made the short journey to meet the team who knocked them out of the same competition in the previous season, making Sunday’s victory all the sweeter for the visitors.
The opening exchanges were tense as both teams probed for the opening. Josh Saltonstall and Luke Sugden ran strongly for Greetland whilst Harry Bakes and Archie Williams tackled well on Greetland’s left, which came under pressure from numerous Brighouse’s attacks.
Regular penalties were thwarting Greetland’s attempts to exert any sustained pressure, but after 10 minutes Connor Farnell raced through to score in the corner, Callum Dunne converting superbly from the touchline.
Greetland settled and they continued to press. Dunne put a well weighted kick through the Brighouse defence from 10 yards out and he reacted quickest to ground the ball as it was about to go dead. He improved the try to open up a 12-0 lead for the visitors.
Corey Smith and Iain Dale both ran good lines on Greetland’s right fringe, only to be denied by good sliding defence until further pressure saw them descend on the Brighouse try line once again and a superb flat pass from Harry Latham found James Turner who blasted through the home defence for a 16 point half-time lead.
Brighouse began the second half with a clever kick-off, giving them the ball and the chance to exert the early pressure. They converted this into six points with a well worked try. Buoyed up by their early breakthrough, Brighouse found some fresh enthusiasm, testing the Greetland defensive line with some strong hit-ups and probing kicks. Greetland were in no mood to let their opponents back in to the game however.
James Hanson, George Hulme and Danny Collier tackled aggressively whilst any half breaks were snuffed out by some text book cover tackling by Farnell.
Greetland had chances of their own in a terrific second half. Latham broke free, only to be brought down as he approached the try line and both Sugden and Hanson went within inches of crossing.
SIDDAL Bulldogs produced their best performance of the season as they booked their place in the semi-final of the Halifax Cup following a 40-16 success over Ovenden.
They had to come from behind, though, as Ovenden got off to a great start with Danny Hildred crossing under the posts for Wilf Moxon to convert.
Siddal hit back when Laurence Okanga powered over, taking several players with him, after strong work by Joe Brayshaw and Lewis Armstrong. Finlay Hickey kicked a fine conversion for 6-6.
Man of the match Callum Holroyd scored next when clever play by the full-back tricked the defence and he raced clear, Hickey adding the extras.
Siddal continued on the offensive and Leland Heslop and Keaton Brocklehurst sent Jamie Greenwood on a 30-yard sprint to the line, Hickey converting.
Ovenden worked hard to get back into the game but were repelled by Henry Turner, Bradley Regan and Hicke before Siddal reasserted their dominance with Cameron Thurlow going over in the corner for a 22-6 lead.
Lewis Hoyle was next to cross after more strong defence from Jordan Patterson and Okanga, Hickey again converting.
Ovenden regrouped and scored another converted try to reduce the deficit to 28-12 at the break.
Siddal were soon back in the ascendancy in the second half as they played their sets out enabling Hickey, Brocklehurst and Regan to complete the scoring.
West Riding League
Under 14 Friendly: Sheffield 50 Hoyland 0.
Under 13’s Premier Division: King Cross Park 0 Brighouse 38
Under 14 Premier Division: Hoyland v Farnley Falcons. Friendly: Wyke v Moldgreen; Sheffield v Methley.
Under 13 Premier Division: Underbank v Ovenden; Queensbury v Slaithwaite. Friendly: West Bowling v Brighouse, Lindley Swifts v King Cross Park.