Gibbons’ extra special strike wins cup for Kellingley

Kellingley Welfare captain Mark Clark and Kris Sleight with the Castleford District Cup.
Kellingley Welfare captain Mark Clark and Kris Sleight with the Castleford District Cup.

Kellingley Welfare lifted the Castleford & District FA Cup when they beat Pontefract Town 2-1 in an incident packed final that went to extra-time.

They had to come from behind in sweltering conditions after Selby League side Pontefract struck first round the 20 minute mark, the ball falling kindly at the feet of Chris Burnett, who hammered the ball home from eight yards out.

Town had the ball in the net again with a Chris Mason header, but it was ruled out for offside. Welfare had a couple of good chances to level, but went in at the break trailing by a single goal.

West Yorkshire League Kellingley started on the front foot in the second period and it was no surprise when they drew level 20 minutes in. Keiran Baker beat his marker out wide before swinging the ball across goal where the onrushing Glenn Abbott lifted the ball over the keeper’s head.

Welfare were on top at this stage but failed to capitalise on good approach work, Rob Anderson going closest when striking the crossbar with a free-kick.

Neither side could find a winner, but with the last kick of the 90 minutes Simon Leach almost nicked it for Kells, only a point blank save denying him.

Both sides went all out for a winner in extra-time with tackles flying in thick and fast. But it was Welfare who went in front with a superb strike from Andy Gibbons after he was set up by Anderson and Leach on the edge of the box.

The back line of Mills, Leach, Wilson and Ferguson came under pressure from Town, but held firm and dealt with everything they could throw at them.

The second period of extra-time saw Kells on top and unlucky not to go further in front. Baker had a header ruled out for offside and Anderson was chopped down when through on goal, the culprit lucky to only receive a yellow card.

A late melee saw several players red carded, but nothing could detract from a well earned win for Welfare, whose captain Mark Clark received the trophy for the club.

It was an excellent all round team performance from Kells with several players missing.

Everyone at Welfare would like to thank Billy Moffett, at Northbuild Construction Ltd for their sponsorship and Kellingley Social Club for their continuing support.

Kellingley will host the Selby & District League’s James Sly Trophy final this Saturday (2pm) when Abbey Vaults will play Bird in Hand or White Swan, depending on the result of a midweek game.