West Riding County Cup Final Winners 2007

From The Courier - Victory for the Record
A MARVELLOUS display in finishing saw Goole AFC lift the West Riding County FA Cup for an incredible 13th time. Vociferous vocal support from the large contingent of Goole fans scattered all around the ground, started singing 30 minutes before kick-off, and could seek careers in fortune telling after chanting 'we're going to win the cup'.
But their confidence was tested after just four minutes when the former Leeds United academy player Craig Hall capitalised on a fast Guiseley break and a lucky bounce to walk through the centre of Goole's defence and slot the ball past goalkeeper Chris Hill. This was just two minutes after Danny Ellis missed a penalty when he struck the upright.
But the Vikings have not got this far without showing fighting spirit and nearly found an equaliser a minute later when a good cross from the left was flicked on by Brad Hill only for a defender to head it behind for a corner before Andy Parton could get there. In the first period of the game, the opposition caused Goole problems down the flanks when they attacked with pace, in packs of three or four, but without creating any clear cut chances. Goole defended resolutely and started to impose themselves on the game as the fast and frenetic start died down.
The equaliser came when James McDaid showed good attacking verve down the right wing before passing to Duncan Bray who crossed to Parton, who hammered the ball into the top right of the net, causing the stadium to erupt with delighted Goole fans.
And in an end to end game Goole came out on top, two minutes before half-time when Bray got his name on the score sheet after scoring from a scramble in the box, although Hill had to make a fantastic save just before the half-time whistle to ensure they went into the dressing room 2-1 up. In the second half Goole came out the traps quick creating a chance straight away after good work by Andy Jackson and Bray, before McDaid shot at the keeper.
Moments later after Hill raced off his line to clear a through ball by Guiseley, and Bray had a shot from 20 yards saved comfortably after excellent one touch build up play by between Thacker and Parton. In a bid to try and get back into the game Guiseley made two substitutes, including the tall Mark Smith, who became a target man for most of their play. But Goole did not let them settle and Jackson took his time on the left hand side of the box to pick out a cross to Parton who turned and had hit shot blocked.
Bray put the game out of reach and capped off a wonderful Goole performance with a goal worthy of winning the final when he picked up the ball on the right by-line by the box and managed to beat two defenders to get himself nearer to goal before inexplicably scoring from an acute angle. From then on the Vikings looked more and more assured with Guiseley aiming long balls to Smith and only looking like causing problems in the last two minutes of the match. Strike pairing, Bray and Parton, caused the opposition problems all night with their sublime ball skills, twisting and turning defenders inside out.
But Brad Hill was a star of the night, epitomising the team spirit by chasing and challenging for every ball, and winning most headers despite not being the tallest. He also showed a touch of class when he sent an excellent ball down the right wing with the outside of his right foot, which was just cut out by the Guiseley defence. Fans congregated around the stand for the presentation of the cup and as I left the stadium the players and fans were singing what Goole had become, champions.

Yorkshire Evening Post Report - Guiseley pay the penalty in defeat
UNDER-STRENGTH Guiseley missed a penalty and let a one-goal lead slip as they slumped to a shock 3-1 defeat by Goole in the West Riding County Cup final. Guiseley have now failed to win in three matches since being named UniBond Premier Division club of the month for March. The Division One underdogs were worthy victors, fighting back after a disastrous start to lead 2-1 at the break and then hitting Guiseley on the counter-attack to score the only goal in the second half.
With crucial league games coming up against Burscough and Hednesford – which could decide whether Guiseley qualify for the play-offs – manager Terry Dolan opted to rest some of his key players, with reserves Danny Husband, Tom Marsden, Tony Vento and Mark Trueman all in the starting side. Dolan admitted that could have cost his team the win, but he believes it will pay off in the long term. "The pleasing thing is we've played some youngsters and given them experience," said Dolan.
"Saturday (against Burscough) is more important. If anybody has got to take responsibility for us losing, I will take that for the team I've picked." The tactic looked like working early on as Guiseley won a penalty inside the opening two minutes, when Craig Hall was brought down – only for centre-back Danny Ellis to hit his spot kick against the bar.
Two minutes later Hall bundled the ball past Goole's former Guiseley keeper Chris Hill to give the Premier Division side the lead, but they rarely threatened after that. Goole levelled on 24 through Andy Parton and his cross set up Duncan Bray to make it 2-1 three minutes before half-time. Guiseley's best chance to equalise came seconds later, but Gavin Knight's shot was superbly saved by Hill.
Hall shot narrowly wide mid- way through the second half, but Guiseley didn't look like getting back on terms and Goole deservedly extended their advantage on 69 minutes, when Bray netted his second from an acute angle after the Premier Division outfit lost the ball in midfield. Dolan said: "In the first half we passed the ball about very well. Missing a penalty early on didn't help, but we got the goal pretty quickly afterwards and I was pleased with the first-half performance.
"In the second half we didn't create enough chances and without Mark Bett, James Hanson and Rob Pell, the firepower wasn't there." GUISELEY: Dickinson, Husband, Collins, Denton, Ellis, Hall, Marsden, Vento, Knight, McNiven, Trueman. Subs: Hay, Sturdy, Dunning, Smith, Platt. GOOLE: C Hill, Rickers, O'Neill, B Hill, Harper, Chapman, McDaid, Thacker, Parton, Bray, Jackson. Subs: Rollinson, Robinson, Gore, Danby, Marshall.

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