Bradford Sunday Alliance Senior Cup: Crossflatts Village 1 Lyceum FC 1 (Crossflatts Village won 5-4 on penalties)

CHAMPIONSHIP new boys Crossflatts Village knocked Premier Division side Lyceum FC out on penalties after the sides couldn't be separated following 90 minutes.

Village, who joined the Alliance in the summer after leaving the Wharfedale Triangle League, completely dominated the early exchanges and deservedly opened the scoring after half an hour when the excellent Craig Morris fired home from the edge of the area.

Village remained on top for the remainder of the half but failed to double their lead.

The second half went much the same way as the first but Lyceum equalised against the run of play on the counter-attack to make it 1-1.

The home side pressed for a winner but the away defence held firm.

The shoot-out started with both teams missing their opening spot-kicks. The next eight penalties were scored, before the home side's first sudden death penalty was converted by Daniel Thorpe, heaping the pressure on Lyceum skipper Glynn Beale, whose penalty was expertly saved by Dom Bennett, which sealed Village's place in the next round.

Flatts player-manager Kevin Gill was delighted with the performance and the result but seemed concerned about his team's lack of composure in front of goal.

He said: "We should have had them buried in the first half an hour but we didn't take our chances.

"We played well despite having a few players missing because we have a strong squad now. We are creating chances but we don't seem to be putting them away so we need to work on that, or we will get punished. All in all though it was a fantastic team performance and we are heading in the right direction."

Crossflatts Village will travel to Premier Division side Oakenshaw for the next round on Sunday, October 8.