12:00pm Thursday 27th November 2003
Catterick 1 Ilkley AFC 6
Ilkley kept a grip on the Harrogate League Challenge Cup, which the team won last year with a comfortable victory over Catterick.
Ilkley were quickly into their stride with Weaver in the home goal performing the first of many excellent saves when he tipped a close range overhead kick by Barrow over the bar. With Knox and Rishworth dominating midfield possession, Catterick found it difficult to get out of their own half.
The first Ilkley goal duly came five minutes later when McTigue and Knox combined to send Barrow running clear and he drilled the ball low past Weaver.
The second gaol appeared after 20 minutes when Barrow was tripped in the penalty area as he weaved past Hutchinson, and the same player scored from the spot. Barrow then turned provider as a sweeping movement begun by Braithwaite at full-back continued via Knox for Barrow to cross first time and Mynett pushed the ball into the net.
Shots by Richardson, Mynett and Horne missed the target, and a superb low cross by Braithwaite just slid past Barrow before Rishworth headed wide from a corner when well-placed to score.
No more goals at half-time after a first-half that saw Ilkley outplay their opponents and a sense that the game was over as a contest.
Coe sneeking back from an offside position was allowed to play the ball and lob it over Bainbridge into the goal. In a more competitive game questions might have been asked of the official but Ilkley provided the best possible reply by scoring a fourth.
Once again Barrow was the provider as his close range shot hit the near post and shot across the penalty area for Knox to score.
Mynett added a fifth after 70 minutes when he controlled Knox's firm pass. Horne almost added a sixth when he headed wide from Richardson's corner and McTigue saw Weaver pull off another reaction save from an angled shot.
The scoring was completed in the 85th minute when Labbett recorded his first goal for the club. The 6-1 scoreline didn't flatter Ilkley and Weaver in the Catterick goal was outstanding as he kept it to single figures.
On Saturday, Ilkley entertain Pateley Bridge (2.15pm) at West Holmes. Players meet at the Cricket Club at 1.15pm.
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