Farsley Celtic claimed victory and the West Riding County Cup after defeating Tadcaster Albion on penalties writes Tom Feaheny.
Celtic’s captain Aaron Hardy was delighted with gaining the trophy.
“It’s a good win for us, it could have gone either way. Full credit to Tadcaster, it was a good night, plenty turned up.
“We knew a lot about each other to win it on penalties was great. It keeps our momentum up and we are top of the league as well because Lancaster lost. It’s been a good evening for us all.”
This was an even game between the two Evo-Stik Division One North sides. It always seemed destined to be decided by a penalty shootout. The hosts thought they had made a dream start when Rob Youhill scored with a tap-in but he was ruled offside. Moments later Farsley so nearly opened the scoring with Ross Daly hitting the crossbar with his lopping effort looking set to go in.
Premier League referee Bobby Madley was in charge and he was soon pointing to the spot when Richard Marshall was brought down in the area, he stepped up to score and give Celtic the advantage.
Tadcaster were soon level when Conor Sellars passed the ball out to Carl Stewart who produced a fantastic finish when put through on goal, his powerful strike thundered into the back of the net.
The second half was again a close game with both sides trying to open up. Albion went close to taking the lead for the first time when Steward nearly scored again when he cut inside but fired wide.
Jordan Deacey almost won it for Farsley in added time but his effort was well saved by Chandler Hallwood.
Tom Corner and Josh Grant missed for Tadcaster and despite Richard Marshall firing over, they won 4-2 with Paul Walker getting the winning penalty.
After the loss Tadcaster boss Billy Miller told Jay Taylor.
“I thought it was an outstanding cup final. Farsley at parts of the game showed why they are top. I wish Celtic all the best as they try and gain promotion.
“We put in a good performance, it set a bit of a bench mark for us.”