FC Halifax Town advanced to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-2 win over West Yorkshire neighbours Guiseley.
James Sunderland, Kelan Swales and Reece Kendall scored for the Shaymen before Myles Foley and Jack Lazenby provided a nervy ending to the game.
Halifax will be very pleased with the result due to their advancement in the cup as well as coming out winners of the rearranged tie after floodlight failure at Nethermoor Park last week,
There were claims for a penalty in the opening minutes of the game as Marko Basic went down in the area but his pleas were dismissed by the referee.
This didn’t harm Halifax’s spirit however. Sunderland received the ball from around 30 yards from goal and fired a magnificent strike past Sam Whittington in the 4th minute.
Marko Basic demonstrated his dribbling skills as he evaded challenges of not one, but two Guiseley defenders before firing a ball across the face of goal. Nobody connected but the following cross from Swales met Basic who could only head wide.
The game then quietened down, with neither side able to break down defences, although Kendall did do well to beat his man on the left before placing a ball across the box. However, none of his teammates were able to get onto the receiving end of the cross.
Swales was unlucky not to see his fantastic left wing cross met by Josh Debenham; Louie Squires doing well to head the ball away for a corner.
Sunderland tried to beat his previous goal for quality in the 33rd minute. This time, the ball didn’t end up in the back of net and skimmed over the bar.
Jack Carney struck the ball well from outside the box and nearly pulled his team level, had Kyle Trenerry not denied him with a good save.
Swales then doubled Halifax’s lead, timing his run perfectly to meet Jack Knight’s through ball before slotting calmly past the rushing keeper.
Guiseley made two substitutions at the break, and Gomersall nearly made an immediate impact when he fired at goal on the turn, but Trenerry pulled off a great save.
The other halftime sub, Maxi Jimenez also nearly reduced the deficit, but his angled shot blazed over the bar.
Minutes later, and Guiseley did have the ball in the back of the net thanks to Scotty Smith’s low strike. However, the linesman had raised his flag for offside and the visitors still had to search for a way back into the game.
The game then started to lose its spark for the next ten minutes before Jack Debenham was pulled down in the area by Jack Lazenby. Reece Kendall stepped up to fire the spotkick down the middle of the net.
Myles Foley bundled in a goal for Guiseley after connecting with a low cross and put Guiseley on the cusp of an amazing comeback
Halifax nearly increased their lead when Basic released Ousman Cham, though his left-shot was weak and off target.
Lazenby then nearly put Guiseley on the cusp of an amazing comeback, but his long range curling strike just went over the frame of the goal.
On the 86th minute, Lazenby did get his wish, when his right-footed strike from inside the box was deflected into the net past a frozen Trenerry. With only four minutes remaining, the hosts needed to stay firm to avoid an amazing surprise comeback from Guiseley.
Guiseley found momentum and pushed Halifax, winning a corner via another deflected shot, with Kendall displaying some great defensive clearances throughout the dying minutes.
In stoppage time, Halifax nearly put the game to bed when Debenham was played through, however his low shot was blocked well by Whittington. Despite, the last minute drama, Halifax saw the game out for the victory and will face AFC Fylde in the next round.
FC Halifax Town:1. Trenerry, 2. Knight, 3. Kendall, 4. Thompson, 5. Johnson (c), 6. Swain, 7. Swales (Cham, 64’), 8. Healey (Moloney, 74’), 9. Debenham, 10. Basic (Heatley, 83’), 11. Sunderland
Subs:12. Atkinson, 14. Moloney, 15. Harker, 16. Heatley, 17, Cham
Guiseley:1. Whittington, 2. Lazenby, 3. Carney (Baldwin, 64’)), 4. Atkinson, 5. Foley, 6. Squires, 7. Kuyateh (Gomersall, 45’), 8. Ibrahimi (Jimenez, 45’), 9. Francis, 10. Smith (c), 11. Soda
Subs:12. Jimenez, 14. Price, 15. Hogg, 16. Baldwin, 17. Gomersall
Goals:Sunderland (4’), Swales (36’), Kendall (62’), Foley (70’), Lazenby (86’)
Yellow cards:Lazenby (27’), Smith (90’)
Man of the Match:Marko Basic
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