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24 October 2018

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West Riding County Cup action for Young Terriers

- Town’s U19 face Selby Town in County Cup
- Whitehead’s young side go out on penalties
- Goals from Darnell Mintus & Kit Elliott

Huddersfield Town U19s went out of the West Riding County Cup on penalties having drawn 2-2 with Northern Counties East Division One side Selby Town in normal time.

The Young Terriers played host for the visit of Selby as both sides contested for a place in the Third Round of the competition. Liversedge’s Clayborn Stadium played host for the game that saw Dean Whitehead name a young side for the game in the men’s cup competition.

Whitehead’s side started brightly and displayed some great work both in and out possession up against the physical test posed by Selby.

Darnell Mintus was one of the five Under-17 players featuring for Whitehead’s side on the evening and he would give the Young Terriers the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Mintus collected the ball to the left of the area facing away from goal and turned quickly to lose his marker before firing home on his weaker right-foot – a much deserved strike for the winger whose lively endeavours were a real threat in the opening stages.

Town had another chance to double its lead soon after as Kit Elliott found himself unmarked on the end of a corner as he saw his header tipped onto the crossbar by the Selby keeper; unlucky for the Town frontman whose side were having the lion share of the opening exchanges.

A golden chance for the equaliser soon presented itself for Selby as captain Ryan Gothard was unmarked at the far post and could only put his header wide of the mark from close range.

The Young Terriers would double their lead with the half-time mark fast approaching.

Mason O’Malley expertly stepped out of defence to collect a loose ball and played it to Kit Elliott. Elliott’s clever half-turn sent him through on goal and he ran though and coolly finished with his left foot.

Selby had lost in the final to Farsley Celtic in last season’s competition last season and they soon posed questions to the Young Terriers as they pulled one back. Liam Flanagan found himself through on goal and lobbed it over Luke Mewitt to reduce Town’s deficit to just one.

With the game entering the final 20 minutes, Selby had a glorious chance to draw level after Luke Mewitt charged out and fouled his man for a penalty. The Town stopper got up and redeemed himself saving the spot kick with a dive low to his left.

The visitors would draw level soon after as Sam Cable fired in from the edge of the area to set up a grandstand finish to the cup-tie.

Kian Harratt was introduced with just moments to spare and nearly nicked a late winner. Darnell Mintus skipped clear of his man and set up Harratt whose effort cannoned off the post.

It ended all square after regular time as the game at the Clayborn Stadium went to penalties, with the Young Terriers unfortunate to lose out 7-6 in the shootout.

Town’s Starting Line-Up (4-1-4-1):
Luke Mewitt; Mason O’Malley, Harry Spratt, Mustapha Olagunju, Sam Gibson; Tom Bell; Andrew Ijiwole (Sam Sharrock-Peplow, 72’), Jaheim Headley, George Danaher (Kian Harratt, 89’), Darnell Mintus; Kit Elliott

Unused Subs:
Giosue Bellagambi, Seth Meeson, Josh Austerfield

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