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Castleford Challenge Cup
Semi Final

Glasshoughton Welfare 4  Knottingley Albion 1

Glasshoughton fielded their youth team in this game and pulled off a major
shock by defeating their high flying opponents from the Selby League.

Knottingley had the strong breeze at their backs in the first half but it
was Glasshoughton that started the more confidently and they took the lead
after 10 minutes when Matt Muscroft scampered through to play in MARTYN
WOOLFORD who scored neatly one on one with the keeper. Albion came back
strongly and enjoyed their best spell of the game looking dangerous at set
pieces and playing the long diagonal ball. They were rewarded when the
Glasshoughton defence hesitated allowing JAMES HICKS to bustle through and
lob Darren Holmes. The Glasshoughton youngsters responded positively and
Stuart Holmes and Craig Edwards went close before half time.

The advantage of the wind in the second half gave Glasshoughton the impetus
and they dominated for long periods. They also took their chances - the
first a penalty awarded for hand ball which MARTYN WOOLFORD calmly converted
after 50 minutes. Shortly afterwards, the pace of STUART HOLMES allowed him
to beat the offside trap and he confidently scored a well taken goal. Albion
were having a bad time and a mix up in defence gave WOOLFORD the easiest of
chances to tap in his hat-trick goal on the hour. Glasshoughton assumed
complete control and it was testament to their maturity that Albion did not
create a chance on goal in the second half and only outstanding goalkeeping
kept the score at 4-1.

This was a superb display from the Glasshoughton academy with skillful 18
year olds Anthony Griffith, Alex Hanson, 'Oz' Muscroft and Andrew Seed
setting the tone and competing physically with their open age opponents. Rob
Foreman and Gareth Lloyd, at the centre of the Glasshoughton defence, also
demonstated composure and poise against much more experienced forwards.
GLASSHOUGHTON: S. Holmes, C. Thomas, A. Hanson, R. Foreman, G. Lloyd, A.
Griffith, A.Seed, M. Muscroft, S. Holmes, M.Woolord, C. Edwards, Subs: J.
Worsnop, C. Reynolds, D. Empsall, G. Heald, L. Cleland

 "The Blues"