Middleton FC were crowned Yorkshire Amateur League Cup Champions on Wednesday night (26 April 2023) after a 2-1 win against Farsley Celtic Juniors.
It was a very tough week for Middleton, playing their third match in five days and with an injury crisis in the camp losing three main players before the final in Sam McDonnell, Tyler Bussue and Billy Law. The Final between the two Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division sides at West Riding County FA’s Fleet Lane didn’t disappoint with a real end to end slog.
Farsley started strong with a couple of chances in the opening exchanges but Middleton soon put a nice move together to find Striker Scott Jones in the box as he calmly slotted the opener to give Middleton a 1-0 lead. The game carried on much of the same for the remainder of the half with neither side really taking control of possession with chances for both sides catching each other on the break.
Middleton started the second half the better and despite the tired legs clearly on show, Middleton created some good chances in the opening 10 minutes of the half. But it was Farsley who found the next goal when a long ball caught out the Middleton defence and a failed clearance fell to the path of Joe Firth who rounded Middleton’s Harry Bradley to tap into an empty net for 1-1.
This was the fuel Middleton needed to light the fire and they set straight back off on the attack and just three minutes later a run from Jordan Duncan slotted through Middleton talisman James Law who bent a lovely finish into the far corner of the Farsley Celtic goal for 2-1.
Substitutions made by Middleton Manager Reece Mudd really settled the game down as Middleton looked to see the result out but again Farsley caught Middleton cold and when a ball was put across goal for a Farsley tap in. The celebrations were soon muted as the linesman lifted his flag for offside. A very tense and entertaining final was almost put to bed as James Law raced through on goal to be denied by the post.
Middleton held on to win 2-1 and lift the prestigious Yorkshire Amateur League Cup which is competed for by teams in the Supreme and Premier Divisions of the Yorkshire Amateur League. James Law was given Man of the Match by the League Officials and Jamie Kenny was the Coach’s Man of the Match. It was a fantastic achievement by the Middleton outfit that just keeps going from strength to strength as the club lifted a staggering 13th trophy in just 5 years, a club that has risen to the top of Yorkshire football led by the Mudd family.
This post was written by Alan Jenkins
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