FC Halifax Town have progressed to the next round of the FA Youth Cup after defeating Jordan Burrow’s Staveley Miners Welfare 4-0.
A brace from left-back Reece Kendal along with goals from Marko Basic and substitute James Sunderland ensure a comfortable victory for the home side.
Halifax started the game the better of the two sides. Kendall’s early header forced a stunning acrobatic save from Staveley’s keeper-captain, Jamie Hewison.
Hewison’s involvement would be the story of the early stages, with the young keeper showing his class on regular occasions, somehow turning a heavily deflected effort from Ousman Cham around the post. A stunning reflex save.
At the other end, Town keeper Kyle Trenerry was given little to do. Dan Shelbourne’s header was the closest the visitors came to scoring in the first half when his effort crept agonisingly past the far post.
The introduction of James Sunderland at half-time gave the Young Shaymen new attacking impetus and it took just eight minutes for the midfielder to break the deadlock.
Sunderland picked up the ball just inside the opposition’s half and drove forward before firing a thunderous effort into the far bottom corner, possibly with the help of a slight deflection.
Halifax’s lead was doubled moments later. The referee was forced to point to the spot after an close range effort seemed to strike the hand of a Staveley defender in the area. Reece Kendall calmly converted from the spot.
As the game progressed the Shaymen began to truly dominate. Kelan Swales’ curling effort that rattled the cross bar was a sign of things to come.
Kendall, at left-back for Halifax, was solid all afternoon and made his goal a brace with ten minutes to go, rising highest to nod past Hewison. Liam Waller did his best to hook the effort of the line, but the ball was already over.
Halifax sealed the victory with five minutes to go. A goal mouth scramble saw the ball come lose too Basic who, after a memorable performance from midfield, was rewarded with a goal. Halifax had their fourth and will now progress to the next round of the FA Youth Cup.
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