Crossflatts Village 2

Dengo United 0

CROSSFLATTS Village front man Michael Garnett capped an inspirational man-of-the-match display with two outstanding goals to help his side advance to the FA Sunday Cup third round in style.

It was the club’s first taste of the competition and they didn’t disappoint their vociferous fans who were in good voice throughout the contest.

Liverpool & District Sunday League outfit Dengo United - who made it to the last eight of this cup competition last season - made the long journey over from Liverpool for the tie - and they set their stall out to play their passing game but the home side never gave them time to settle.

After a strong start, Village broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when midfield play-maker Lewis Morgan and Michael Garnett combined beautifully. Morgan whipped in a cross from the left flank and Garnett rose well to nod home.

Garnett later completed the scoring after 70 minutes with a contender for goal of the season.

Flatts goalkeeper Daniel Thorpe launched the ball forward and it found its way to Garnett, who controlled the ball impeccably before launching a left-foot piledriver from 20 yards that gave visiting keeper Anthony Smith no chance.

Kevin Gill, Village player-manager, was left salivating after his team’s performance but he singled out Garnett and Lewis Morgan for special praise:

He said: “I cannot praise the lads enough.

"It was an amazing team display and everyone was on their game.

"The plan was to hit them hard from the kick-off and let them know that they were in for a tough afternoon - and we certainly did that.

"It was an excellent team showing but Michael Garnett and Lewis Morgan just stood out for us today and showed their class.

“This has to be the best and most emotional day in our proud history.

"The day started early for us when we all met at Bingley Cenotaph for the Remembrance Sunday parade, and then we have capped it off with this amazing cup win in the national cup, our first-ever national cup tie.

"I would like to thank all of our players and some of our unsung heroes that have helped make this day possible.

"I would like to thank my Joint Manager Les Cooper, our secretary Paul Dean, Silsden AFC for letting us use their ground, our sponsors Hirst Developments, Lee Bailey for sorting out the food, and Andrea Jones for helping out on the gate. None of this would be possible without any one of those people.”

Village have been drawn away against North East Sunday League Premier League side Greenside FC in the third round. The tie is scheduled to be played on Sunday, December 9 (1pm kick-off).