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York FA – Saturday Junior Cup 4th Round (Quarter-Final)
FT: Cliffe FC 6 – 3 Haxby Utd Reserves
With their last game of 2013, Cliffe FC progress to the York FA Junior Cup semi-final with a 6-3 victory over Haxby United Reserves.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
The majority of the tie’s goals were scored in the first-half, Haxby opening scoring with close range lob that managed to find it’s way up and over Dave Laverack to put the Reserve side ahead after seven minutes, Haxby’s Ben Drummond the scorer, 0-1. Cliffe levelled promptly, some hard work from Si Houlder enabling Chris Jackson to pounce and curl the ball into the net, 1-1. Cliffe took the lead, first both Ian Beckram and Andy Kirkham having shots blocked, for Houlder to assist Jackson to grab his second and make it 2-1. Cliffe were having a bit of a torrid time with the wind that was blowing towards their goal in the first half, and Haxby took opportunity to level the tie with a long floated free-kick – Nathan Bourke drifting in at the back post unmarked to make it 2-2. Cliffe produced their best bit of free-flowing-football to have the lead at the break, a counter attack that saw Shane Cawkill’s left-footed pass cutting out three defenders for Beckram to crash a shot in off the bar to make the half-time score 3-2 to the home side, HT.
Jackson came close to completing his hat-trick with a towering header that was cleared off the line before having to be replaced due to a hip injury, Jack Brocklebank his replacement. Cliffe extended their lead with Kirkham ghosting past the last line of defence and slipping the ball under the on-rushing ‘keeper to make the score 4-2. It was then a case of two Tom Hogg headers in the space of five minutes to put Cliffe 5-2, then 6-2 ahead – the first header the pick of the pair. Cliffe FC Reserve Team manager, Dave Hebson, made a cameo in the tie – his first appearance for Cliffe first team for two seasons! Cliffe did switch off for Haxby to counter and snatch their third with under eight minutes remaining, the final score read 6-3 and Cliffe FC progress to the semi-finals, FT. Semi-Final Draw TBC.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Andy Kirkham.
LRB Trophies Haxby Utd MOTM: Lloyd Williams.
Laverack, Sedman, Edwards, Pearse, Hogg, Kirkham, Beckram (C), Taylor, Cawkill (Hebson), Jackson (Brocklebank), Houlder.
Cliffe FC Goals: Jackson (2), Hogg (2), Beckram, Kirkham.