Farsley AFC produced a fantastically resilient performance against Winterton Rangers to put the icing on the cake in…
…their first season by securing the KoolSport Northern Counties East League Cup crown on Monday to go alongside the earlier league triumph.
Ryan Watson’s 88th minute goal secured the win in one of the most exhilarating games of the season.
Dominic Krief’s petulant reaction for a challenge on him saw him see red after only 3 minutes which put his side’s chances in jeopardy but Farsley put in a solid performance for the remainder of the game before it was made ten-a-piece when Liam Wilkin was dismissed for a late challenge on Tom Jackson towards the end of the game.
Then for the second time in the League Cup this season, Watson placed a fantastic late shot into the corner of the goal to secure the momentous victory.
The game then got off to a fiery start as Winterton’s James O’Neill put in a dangerous foul against Farsley captain Krief who was not pleased and raised his hand to the midfielder who went down clutching his face. The referee clearly saw the incident and did not waste much time in dismissing Krief from the pitch. Meanwhile, O’Neill was cautioned for the untidy challenge.
Rangers were buoyed by the incident and threatened the Farsley goal for a spell afterwards. The ball was in the net after Jake Stannard had challenged Tom Morgan but the officials deemed that the ball had been headed out of the keeper’s hands so disallowed the goal.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Farsley remained upbeat and were extremely unlucky not to take the lead in the 32nd minute. Ryan Serrant’s good work down the left saw him cut into the box before feeding Andy Cooper whose shot was parried by Winterton goalkeeper Jack Ward before taking a dodgy bounce which saw it hit the upright and was then cleared away.
Winterton still posed a threat and had two further chances before the break to get a goal. Firstly O’Neill scooped the ball over the bar from Craig Robinson’s cross then Stannard curled the ball just wide of the post which saw both sides go in level at half time.
Rangers came very close again in the 48th minute when Morgan punched the ball clear but only as far as Danny Barlow who had a shot at the empty goal but Mark Jackson scrambled back in time to clear the ball off the line.
At the other end Farsley were gifted a good chance when a defender miss-judged a header allowing Simeon Bambrook to cut inside before unleashing a powerful right footed shot which Ward did well to parry away.
During the second half, Morgan had to make a string of saves to keep his side level – the best of these denying Liam Slack a goal from close range in the 77th minute.
The game swung back in Farsley’s favour when the league’s top scorer Wilkin was sent-off for a late challenge on Tom Jackson. The striker could have easily gone for a straight red but instead saw a second yellow which saw him receive his marching orders. His reluctance to leave the technical area sparked a confrontation between the two benches but the officials managed to cool the situation as Wilkin was pointed in the direction of the changing rooms.
Just as the game seemed to be fading into extra time, Farsley were awarded with a free-kick twenty yards from goal. Bambrook’s original floated approach was headed away by a defender to Watson who was urged by the Farsley fans behind the goal to shoot. He did and his eighteen-yard effort found its way through a crowd of players and past Ward to ignite rapturous scenes amongst the Farsley contingent as they wrapped up the season with a second trophy.