Cup joy for Albion youngsters in Elland Road final

Knottingley Albion under 16s celebrate after winning the Leeds and District Cup at Elland Road. Knottingley have thanked  Say scaffolding,DE Yorkshire, Thank 99 catering and Chiquito, Xscape for their sponsorship. Back row: Owen Butler, Harvey Love, Jay Sharman, Kal Tang, Josh Powell, Harry Free, Connor Freeman, Kel Burton, Ben Watts. Front row: Kairan (mascot), Coby Glew, George Barraclough, Tom Griffin, Mitch Mchugh, Joe Iley, Zak Wilkinson.
Knottingley Albion under 16s celebrate after winning the Leeds and District Cup at Elland Road. Knottingley have thanked Say scaffolding,DE Yorkshire, Thank 99 catering and Chiquito, Xscape for their sponsorship. Back row: Owen Butler, Harvey Love, Jay Sharman, Kal Tang, Josh Powell, Harry Free, Connor Freeman, Kel Burton, Ben Watts. Front row: Kairan (mascot), Coby Glew, George Barraclough, Tom Griffin, Mitch Mchugh, Joe Iley, Zak Wilkinson.

Knottingley Albion under 16s put in a brilliant display to beat a good Rothwell Town team 2-0 in the final of the Leeds and District Cup at Elland Road.

Both teams started nervously on a big pitch and with such a big occasion, but it was Knottingley who went on to crown their superb season.

With the game end to end Knottingley had the first chance when Sharman was clean through, but found the keeper too good.

The rest of the half saw both teams have the odd shot and a few corners until a brilliant corner from Glew was headed in by Freeman to give Knottingley a half-time lead.

The second half was much like the first with Knottingley nearly going 2-0 up when Freeman hit the post and Rothwell nearly equalising when they hit the post and crossbar.

Albion were celebrating, however, with minutes remaining as Watts squared a pass to Freeman who coolly finished to seal the win.

Griffin was outstanding in goals, doing well to keep a clean sheet. Defenders Mchugh, Barraclough, Watts and Free were like a rock at the back to keep a lively Rothwell attack at bay. Midfielders Powell, Wilkinson, Iley, Glew, Tang and Butler were brilliant to try and cover the massive Elland Road pitch. Strikers Freeman, Sharman, Burton and Love gave the Rothwell defenders a hard time.

Knottingley completed the treble with a hard fought win over Dearne in the Selby Cup final on Saturday.

They had to come from behind at half-time, but took the game to Dearne and equalised when a brilliant run from Sharman saw him reach the byline and pull it back for Tang. His shot was saved brilliantly, but Iley hammered home the rebound.

Albion then won it through Freeman’s chip after he collected a brilliant 40-yard pass from Glew and they had the cup to add to their Selby League success.