Glasshoughton Welfare Juniors under 16s beat Chapeltown Juniors on penalties at Elland Road to become the first team outside of Leeds to win the Leeds District FA Minor Cup final.
Glasshoughton started their route to the final with a 4-3 victory at home to Lawnswood Juniors. Next the under 16s had a difficult tie away at Leeds City Juniors which ended 0-0 after extra-time but Houghton kept their nerve and won on penalties.
In order to secure their place in the final Welfare had to come from behind to beat Wakefield Jets 2-1 at home on their Leeds Road pitch.
Coming into the Elland Road match not only did the occasion send the nerves jangling but having never beaten Chapeltown all the players knew they would be in for a tough match.
Both teams started the game with a fast pace attacking style of play and the nerves quickly dissipated. As the match developed both sides had opportunities to find the back of the net with the closest chance falling to Glasshougton as the ball trickled past the post by inches.
At full-time the score was still 0-0 so penalties were needed to decide the winners. Both teams had their first spot-kicks saved. Each team then managed to score their following three.
Chapeltown then stepped up to take their fifth kick, it went straight down the middle and the outstretched arm of Welfare’s keeper was able to deflect the ball away from goal. Houghton’s fifth penalty was coolly taken, ending the game and ensuring the cup was coming home to Glasshoughton.
The victory at Elland Road capped off a great season for the under 16s. They finished fourth in the Garforth League – their highest place ever – and also beat Kippax Athletic 1-0 at Garforth Town in the Foundation Cup final to bring home the double.
The manager and coaches would like to thank all the parents for their support over the last season and look forward to going again come September. They would also like to thank the players, Kelham Joyce, Ryan Jones, Ryan McCarthy, Idris Naseem, Owen Parnell, Joey Sharp, Reece Adamson, Reece Horn, Jonny Barnett, Matthew Jackson, Nathan Keightley, Ryan Jackson, Jack Close, Tom Golding, Adam Jackson and, Jack Anderson for all their hard work and commitment.