Keghley bid for Minor Cup success

The Keighley FA under-17 squad

The Keighley FA under-17 squad

First published in Sport

Keighley Minors u-17s manager Charlie Wysocki believes his side are capable of upsetting Barkston Ash in Saturday’s semi-final at Woodlesford (2pm).

Barkston are the current holders of the West Riding County FA Minor Cup and qualified as group leaders with four wins out of four, conceding just one goal.

But Keighley, who finished second in Group B behind Huddersfield, can spring a surprise, according to Wysocki.

He said: “We will definitely have to be on top of our game, irrespective of who our opponents are, but the whole management staff is confident of our players’ ability as a squad.

“In cup football you are never quite sure what might happen.

“Barkston Ash always produce a strong team as they have a vast number of players to choose from and, as current holders, we could not have a sterner test.

“What we hope for is that our lads play to their best ability and enjoy the occasion and, if they do, we are confident that we will produce the right result for the area.

“We have a fantastic attitude running through the camp and they have fully deserved their place to play at Woodlesford. Barkston Ash will be a strong outfit but we will be prepared correctly and be ready to go out and express ourselves with no fear and everything to play for.”

This is the third time in four seasons that Keighley have reached the semi-final stage since Wysocki arrived at the helm.

He said: “When I was first approached to take over, we had a lot of work to instil in players what it means to represent your district and, with an excellent backroom staff, we are seeing the fruits of all the hard work that has been put in behind the scenes.

“Three years ago we let ourselves down at this stage and last season we had a first half to forget, conceding three goals before losing 3-2.

“However, we now have a crop of young players that are determined to succeed and have shown all the right qualities. We are convinced that we are able to go one stage further this season.”

Keighley squad: Joshua Hardisty (Steeton), Matthew Fleetwood (Oakworth), Joe Mason (Steeton), Joshua Ferguson (Steeton), Saif Hussain (Long Lee), Joe Meegan (Steeton), George Guest (Silsden), Keann Shaw (Long Lee), Jonson Butterfield (Steeton), Kieron Henry (Keighley Shamrocks), Conner Mitchell (Keighley Sham-rocks), Luca Zenti (Oakworth), Harry McGowan (Keighley Shamrocks), Dominic Mortimer (Stee-ton), James Gilmartin (Keighley Shamrocks), Tom Baker (Keighley Shamrocks), Sam Fox (Keighley Shamrocks), Euan Sessford (Steeton), Ben Cox (Keighley Shamrocks), Callum Holmes (Oak-worth), Jack Wrigglesworth (Steeton).

This season Keighley have beaten Goole (4-2), and Halifax (6-2) and unfortunately lost to Huddersfield (5-3) in the final group game.

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