Penalties end brave cup fight

WITH four key players missing, Old Boys went into the game with trepidation but also confidence after recent performances they could match the high flying, top of the table West Riding CAL Ppremiership leaders.

After just five minutes Old Boys had a golden chance when some clever work by centre forward James Fletcher put Adam Williams through on goal. He beat goalkeeper Chris Moroney but the ball went past the post.

Old Boys gave away too many silly free kicks and it was from one of these that Ovenden opened the scoring.

A well placed cross from the left floated above the defence and centre forward Andy Gregory headed past Jason Hibbert.

Damian Place, prompting and probing, fed Matty Roy on the left and on the other flank Martin Newham as the game began to open up.

From one such breakaway Hibbert had to be at his best and tipped the ball over the bar.

In the second half Brighouse dictated the play for long periods and were unfortunate not to equalise but chances from Fletcher and Roy were not taken and the game seemed to be drifting away from them.

Newham was injured and replaced by re-signed Adrian Kelly up front and Old Boys began to get back into the game.

A corner, curled in by Roy, was met by Kelly and his header was well saved by Moroney.

With a few minutes to go Cummings was injured and replaced by Rothwell.

Then another pinpoint through ball from Place saw Kelly beat the offside trap and one on one with Moroney chipped the ball in over the advancing keeper.

Old Boys could have grabbed the winner at the end when Kelly, after a strong run on the right, crossed the ball to Roy unmarked in the middle, but defenders got in his way and the chance went.

In extra time the game opened up, and Roy was replaced by Andy Burton.

Ovenden piled on the pressure, and Hibbert had to be called upon a couple of times to prevent Ovenden getting the winner.

At the other end, the aerial threat of Fletcher also posed problems for the Ovenden defence, one header just skimming over the bar.

It went to penalties and it was Ovenden’s day, winning out after three direct strikes on goal.

Disappointed but not downhearted by losing, Old Boys can take a lot from this game, which, on paper looked like an easy win for their high flying opponents.

Old Boys proved they can mix it with the best and look forward to greater challenges in their league campaign.