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York Minster Engineering Football League – Division Two
FT: Stamford Bridge 0 – 3 Cliffe FC
Cliffe FC close their league campaign with a 3-0 away win at Stamford Bridge, 16-year-old Sean Gallagher gaining all the plaudits for his two goals and the assist for the third goal.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Cliffe opened scoring near the half-hour mark, Kev Taylor beating the offside trap and rounding the ‘keeper but having taken the ball to a tight angle with the ‘keeper scrambling back to make numerous saves – Taylor passed to Sean Gallagher who slotted the ball home for 0-1 to the away side. The Cliffe centre-back pairing of Nathan Parker and Tom Hogg began to tidily deal with any ‘Bridge threat as the score read 0-1 at the break, HT.
Sean Gallagher wasn’t the only 16-year-old to shine as Keith Tiplady’s side featured three more young starlets (the same four that featured in this season’s League Cup win versus Elvington) in the shape of Nathan Leach that did well in the middle of midfield, Ryan Sutherland on his second senior start this week and Callum Ransome who came close direct from a corner after coming off the bench second-half. Sean Gallagher made it 0-2 with a finish from the edge of the box to extend Cliffe’s lead and it was the assist for the third that sealed Sean the man-of-the-match award, a splendid ball from the outside of the right boot into the path of Lee Carter who calmly tucked the chance away to make the final score 0-3, FT.
A good win for Cliffe FC to end their, albeit disappointing, Division Two 2012/13 campaign but a good morale boost for next Wednesday’s League Junior Cup tie away to Crayke – Wednesday 1st May, 6:30pm KO.
Cliffe FC Reserves travel to face F1 Racing Reserves this weekend and face Tadcaster Town Reserves away next Monday to close out their Reserve D campaign.
Laverack, J. Gallagher, Hebson, Parker, Hogg, Durnin (C), N. Leach, Taylor, Sutherland (Ransome), S. Gallagher, Carter.
Unused sub: Pearce.
Cliffe FC Goals: S. Gallagher (2), Carter.
Cliffe FC MOTM: Sean Gallagher.