Lions spot-on again

Guiseley are through to the West Riding County Cup Quarter Finals with a 4-2 win on penalties over Selby Town after the sides finished all square at 2-2 at the end of normal time.

The home side opened at a blistering pace and Tallent Noluvo brought a one-handed stop from Alex Ward and as Joel Logan picked up the loose ball at full tilt he was tripped in the area but recovered to put away the resultant penalty after just nine minutes.

Adam Boyes then tested Ward and Michael Rankine fired a sizzler just the wrong side of the post.

Jake Lawlor made a timely interception as Selby mounted their first attack and Calum Ward shot over the angle for the visitors shortly after.

Then on the cusp of halftime as Selby pressed Jake Lawlor brought down Jordan Emery just inside the penalty area and Jason Crisp beat Dan Atkinson from the spot on 41 minutes to send the teams in level at the break.

Steven Smith replaced James Wesolowski on the restart and Pete Cruz came on for Javan Vidal shortly after.

Noluvo’s ball across the six-yard box found no takers and then Boyes attempt bounced down off the bar and hit a defender on the line as the home side looked to restore their lead.

But it was the visitors who went in front from a corner when the ball looped up from an intended clearance and Gary Lumley headed home at the far post on 62 minutes.

Not that the lead lasted long, with Rankine putting a defender under pressure the ball fell to Boyes who fired home from twelve yards three minutes later.

Rankine then nearly had a hand in goals at both ends; first he saw Ward collect his cross just in front of Boyes to deny the striker a certain goal and the former Altrincham man managed to hit his own bar at the other end with an attempted clearance from a Selby corner.

With the clock ticking down the home side turned the screw and created half a dozen openings but were unable to convert any of them, and so as in the previous round against Albion Sports the game went to penalties.

With Boyes, Lawlor, Rankine and Logan all converting and Selby failing with their second and third attempts the Lions won the penalty shootout 4-2 and now face Farsley Celtic at Throstle Nest in early January after the Celts had disposed of Glasshoughton 3-1 earlier this evening.

Team:
1-Atkinson
2-Vidal (Cruz)
3-Mumbanya
4-Wesolowski (Smith)
5-Wells
6-Snowden
7-Noluvo
8-Lawlor
9-Rankine
10-Boyes
11-Logan

Subs:
26-Maxted
14-Soda
15-Cruz
17-Smith

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