Gomersal U15s show heart in Blackburn Cup final loss

Gomersal and Drighlington Under-15s line up before last Thursdays Heavy Woollen District FA Blackburn Cup final, which was played out in front of a large crowd at Liversedge FC.
Gomersal and Drighlington Under-15s line up before last Thursdays Heavy Woollen District FA Blackburn Cup final, which was played out in front of a large crowd at Liversedge FC.

Gomersal Under-15s gave their all but were ultimately beaten 4-1 by higher ranked league opponents Drighlington in last Thursday’s Heavy Woollen District FA Blackburn Cup final.

A healthy crowd were in attendance at Liversedge FC and Gomersal played their part in an enjoyable final but it was Drighlington who prevailed to lift the cup.

Gomersal had reached the showpiece final with victories over Churwell Lions Blue and Black teams and a 7-0 semi-final victory against local rivals Littletown.

Drighlington play in a division higher than Gomersal in the Huddersfield Junior League and were firm favourites having racked up 36 goals in their three ties en-route to the final.

Gomersal battled hard in the first half and were somewhat unfortunate to be trailing 3-0 at the break but played with pride and passion to get themselves back in the game in the second half.

Harrison Shaw gave the underdogs hope when he pulled a goal back and Gomersal went close to adding a second but Drighlington denied them and, with time running out, they bagged a fourth to seal victory.

It was a great game played in a good spirit by two enthusiastic teams who can both be proud of their performance.

Gomersal: Harrison Kelly, Ben Hutchinson, Matthew Clark, Lewis Turner, Michael Masso Walsh, Robbie Warnett, Kaya Smith, Jack Surman, Caelan Craik, Adam Todd, Harrison Shaw, Kieron Fretwell, Aidan Langley, Brendan Pitts, Lewis Roche.

Team Manager: Jamie Shaw. Assistant Coach: Ryan Surman. Age Group Manager: Neil Gaskell.

Drighlington Juniors A: Liam O’Malley, Jacob Philips, Jake Curtis, Harry Wilkinson, Joe Leahy, Ross McHale, Elliot Robson, Luke Asquith Watson, Jordan Broadbent, Jack Twyford, Joe Booth, Luke Dufton, Kyle Murtagh, Kristen Gregory, Jamie Lyons.