Guiseley Academy cruised into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup with a resounding 11-0 win over Rossington Main at Nethermoor this evening.
Playing some scintillating one touch football the young Lions, watched by joint First Team Managers Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot, were 7-0 to the good at halftime and although substitutions somewhat interrupted their flow in the second half they still managed to add another four goals to their first half haul.
Although the gulf in class was obvious Rossington must take immense credit for continuing to play football out from the back even though there was little respite for their overworked defence as the goals kept on coming.
There was an emphatic 11-0 victory for Guiseley Academy when they started out on the FA Youth Cup trail against Rossington Main.
To their credit the youngsters from Rossington earned the respect of the Guiseley crowd with their good sportsmanship, fine play in the face of an onslaught, their tireless work and gracious ness in defeat.
The rampant Guiseley side made it difficult for them though by opening the scoring in the second minute through 17 year-old Tabish Hussain, who went on to net a hat-trick before being substituted.
Tab recently made his first team debut for Guiseley and his involvement with the first team squad is certainly showing.
Guiseley increased their lead after 15 minutes when Lewis Waddington netted. Hussain made it three and midfielder Aleks Starcenko made it two goals in two minutes as Guiseley went into a four goal lead.
Hussain completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute and taking Guiseley into a 7-0 lead at the break were goals from Charlie Heath and Jake Young.
In the second-half Guiseley added four further goals through Craig Hall (2), and substitutes Mustapha Coker and Lewis Collett.
Jake Young, who along with Hussain netted five goals in the previous 12-0 win over Harrogate Town, was out of luck with his shooting on this occasion hitting a number of efforts wide or high of the goal and also hitting the post.
The Rossington ‘keeper also made some good saves while Declan Lambton in the Guiseley goal made one good save pushing the ball over the bar for a corner.
The game was watched by the Guiseley first team management duo of Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill who have given a number of Academy players the opportunity to train with the first team squad throughout the summer and take part in the high profile pre-season games.
They have since signed six of the Academy players on first team forms and some have made it to the subs bench for National League North games with Academy graduates Will Thornton and Scott Smith having also featured heavily in the Guiseley match day squad this season.
Some Academy players are not eligible for the FA Youth Cup as that is for Under-18s whilst the League is for Under-19s.
The academy will go on to play Harrogate Town away in the next round with a date and kick-off time yet to be confirmed.