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Keighley Minors bidding for major cup glory
Keighley Minors under-17s compete in the biggest youth representative game for the town in almost a decade on Saturday (2pm).
They travel to county headquarters at Woodlesford to take on Wharfedale in the final of the West Riding County FA Minor Cup.
Having finished runners-up in Group B, they produced a superb display in beating current holders Barkston Ash 3-2 in the semi-final earlier this month.
Now they are one step away from winning the trophy for the fifth time, and their first since 2006.
On the final against Wharfedale, who beat Huddersfield 1-0 in their semi-final, Keighley boss Charlie Wysocki 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.
“Wharfedale may not have been expecting to reach the final but it shows that they are very capable as they turned over a very good Hudd-ersfield team in the semi-final. We will have our work cut out as we were beaten by Huddersfield in the group stages and it should be a close encounter.
“We will not allow the players to be over-confident after the semi-final result as that counts for nothing when we kick off on Saturday.
“This is a completely different game and we cannot have any complacency in the dressing room.”
This year’s 22-man squad come from five different teams in the area.
Wysocki said: “Our aim is to try and have continuity each season and is the reason we have a good mix of under-17 and under-16 players.
“We are all very thankful of the support we have received from each junior club as they have seen that success will influence their own teams.
“Steeton, Oakworth, Long Lee, Silsden and Keighley Shamrocks make up the squad, with at least ten players being eligible to play next season, which gives us a good base to work with.”
According to Wysocki, one of the most pleasing aspects of Keighley’s run to the final has been the work ethic within the squad.
He said: “We have a fantastic attitude running through the camp and they have fully deserved their place to play at Woodlesford.
“Wharfedale will be a strong outfit but we will be prepared correctly and be ready to go out and ex-press ourselves with no fear and everything to play for.”
Keighley FA under-17 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 (Steeton), James Gilmar-tin (Keighley Shamrocks), Tom Baker (Keighley Sham-rocks), Sam Fox (Keighley Shamrocks), Euan Sessford (Steeton), Ben Cox (Keighley Shamrocks), Callum Holmes (Oakworth), Jack Wrigglesworth (Steeton), Chris Johnson (Oakworth).
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