Junior football round-up

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An exhilarating first half performance fired Todmorden to cup victory against their local rivals Hebden Bridge Tigers in the u13s section.

The home side showed no signs of rustiness and scored eight goals before half-time.

The damage was done by Benjamin Pearson and Henry Antemes who, by the end, notched seven and three goals each respectively.

The scoring began direct from the kick-off when Pearson jabbed the ball home after just 40 seconds.

Numerous chances were created and before half-time Pearson scored four more and Antemes, a hat-trick.

The Tigers came back in the second half and regularly put the home side under pressure.

Pearson scored twice more before Tigers grabbed a deserved consolation goal after Jacob Whitehead out-muscled the home defence.

Having been outplayed by Ryburn earlier in the season a very even first half ended scoreless.

Hebden Bridge Tigers u13s then took the lead straight after the break. Martin Howard’s cross gave Alasdair Pedley the simplest of finishes.

Ryburn were also finding more space and broke through twice to take a 2-1 lead. With three minutes to go Sam Thompson turned and fired past the keeper.

Tigers almost snatched it in the last seconds as Josh Peterson headed wide.

Tigers became only the second team this season to take points off the current league leaders.

Todmorden Sports Centre u11s battled their way into the quarter-finals of the cup.

The home side came closest in a scoreless first half when Theo Christodoulou clipped the post.

The home side defended well in the second half until late in the game when Benjamin England coolly despatched his shot past the keeper and his side held on to win.

A comprehensive victory completed the weekend’s cup football.

Todmorden brushed aside St. Columba’s to march into the semi-finals of the cup. At first they looked a bit tired and out-of-sorts – understandably perhaps, after the exertions of Saturday’s narrow win. But once Enki Gray had opened the scoring with a curling shot, they buckled down to an energetic performance and were far too strong for the home side, netting five goals before half time. Leon Borrill scored twice (the first an opportunistic header) as did Oisin Pritchard – his second strike coming after a superb bit of build-up play from Borrill and Gray.

The second half provided more of the same – with Rothwell scoring a brace (a powerful shot for the first) and then Ormerod followed suit (his second was the second “rare” headed goal of the game). In between, the Columba’s side managed to grab a consolation strike.

TODMORDEN Borough Blacks u10 took the lead when Ewan Brown in space found the net.

King Cross soon broke back to equalise and there was a great save by Tyler to deny them a second and it was level at half-time.

Nicholas Shaw made a good clearance and at the other end Gledhill forced a good save from the keeper.

Borough’s second goal came when Pilling chipped over the defenders to find Hudson who tapped the ball home.

King Cross refused to give up and eventually scored the equaliser just before the final whistle.

HEBDEN Bridge Saints Scorpians u10s made an early exit from the Shield Competition, slumping to a 2-1 defeat.

The visitors scored from the kick-off, strolling through a static Scorpions’ defence. Five minutes later an own goal from a corner made it 2-0.

Jake Blackhurst crashed a shot against the bar for Scorpions, who continued their frantic efforts in the second half, until Blackhurst pulled a goal back.

Scorpions u10s made the early running against the league leaders and scored when the Golds’ keeper fumbled a Callum Cushing shot into the net.

Scorpions then conceded a needless penalty, which was converted, and then allowed a misdirected goal kick to be returned into the net.

Golds had the better of the second half but the score remained at 2-1 until the final kick, when another Scorpions’ defensive horror show presented a Golds’ striker with a simple chance to make the score 3-1 and clinch the league title.

Tod Sports Centre u7s travelled for the return fixture against King Cross Shamrocks, the previous meeting having ended in a draw.

King Cross started well and took the lead. It did not last long as Tod started to settle and pass the ball.

Isaac Sewell equalised with a low drive and made it two a few minutes later.

Jake Lee added a third just before half time .

Jack Atherton came out of the goal for the second half to marshall the defence, ably assisted by Dan Heron with Matty Melling switching to his preferred midfield role.

Further goals from Isaac Sewell and Olly Patrick and a single goal reply from the Shamrocks made this a comfortable result for the under 7s.