Silsden U7s v Keighley Shamrocks
By Julie Lloyd
Silsden U7s 4, Keighley Shamrocks 4
A local derby paired two teams with previous mixed results and it turned out to be a cracker.Riyad Ali
and Theo Lloyd
kicked off for Silsden attacking towards the car park end.
An even opening few minutes saw shots saved at both ends and a particularly good save from a Shammies forward by home captain Reece Short
Great defending from Jack Hugo
with Finlay Smith and Finlay Whitaker
-Dibb holding a tight midfield allowed Ali and Lloyd the chance to move forward and it was a miskicked back pass that saw Ali fire in the first goal after seven minutes.
A foul on Lloyd saw him convert a free-kick on the stroke of quarter-time to put the Dragons 2-0 up.
Great defensive work from Shammies kept Silsden out until a ricochet off a Shammies player made it 3-0 after 17 minutes.
A minute later a carbon copy free-kick from Lloyd made it 4-0 but a minute later Jake Keslinke pulled one back.Ethan Watson
took over in goal and allowed Reece Short
to play up front. Both teams battled well and two goals in two minutes brought Shammies back into the game thanks to Keslinke again and Billy Huckle.
Into the last quarter at 4-3 and both teams had all to play for.
An equaliser in the 31st minute from Mohammad Isa Waheed made it a nail-biting finale.
Silsden’s man of the match, chosen by the Shammies, was Theo Lloyd
, not only for his goals but his tireless runs throughout the game.
Silsden: Reece Short
, Jack Hugo
, Finlay Smith, Finlay Whitaker
-Dibb, Theo Lloyd
, Riyad Ali
, Ethan Watson