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Extra-time agony for Yorkshire Amateur League
Yorkshire Amateur League 2, Isle of Man 3
(after extra-time, FT 1-1)
A brilliant display of goalkeeping by Tom Greenwood of Ealandians failed to keep the Yorkshire Amateur League in the FA National Inter-League Trophy, the hosts only bowing in the last minute of extra-time.
The Amateur League were under tremendous pressure for the first 15 minutes of this second-round tie, with their midfield being overrun.
During this period, Greenwood made three outstanding one-on-one close-range blocks but near the half-hour mark defensive hesitation allowed Frank Jones to put the Manxmen ahead.
However, the siege subsided and a great run and cross down the left by Ealandians' Ben Charlesworth gave Stanningley Old Boys' Steve Tierney the chance to equalise without breaking stride.
The second half was much closer, and the passing of the Amateur League became less speculative and more accurate.
However, the Isle of Man were clearly set on taking the tie without resorting to extra time and a series of corners and crosses in the final ten minutes were dealt with superbly by the Amateur League defenders or Greenwood, who also kept out a fierce drive from no more than six yards.
Thus the game went to extra time and a slick move from the visitors down the left was finished smartly from close range by Jones.
Without doubt, attacking was the best option for the visitors but they ignored that and let the hosts back into the game when James Parkinson of Ealandians flicked a header into the net after skipper Matt Jackson, of Gildersome Spurs Old Boys, headed the ball back across the goal from a right-wing cross in the 109th minute.
Just as the Yorkshire manager Mark Reid was preparing his list of penalty-takers, a smart move down the right and a well-hit low cross arrived eventually at the feet of the unmarked Ciaran McNulty, who drove the ball home, to the delight of his team-mates, with a minute left.
The Amateur League gave everything against the 2006 winners, who were also runners-up in 2012 and semi-finalists in 2008.
The Isle of Man League now host the West Riding County Amateur League in the third round on or before Saturday, February 15.
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