Makeshift Reserves lose out on Leeds
By Paul Armstrong
Reds travelled to Leeds with a depleted squad with just two starters – skipper Joe Hetherington and Leo Holliday – from their previous outing.
The makeshift XI started the game well and finished with a flourish but they lost their way in between, allowing the students to take control of matters.
Macauley Sharp opened the scoring with a well taken goal after six minutes. He was put in the clear by Robbie Watson’s header and although goalkeeper, Adam Szymaszek, got a hand to the ball he couldn’t prevent it crossing the line.
Sharp also scored the final goal of the afternoon just before the end. Put in the clear by assistant manager Lee McCullough’s superb assist, Sharp lobbed the RIASA substitute ‘keeper, Jeremy McManus to a cap a fine personal ninety minutes.
But after a bright start, Reds found the heat and the technically better opposition tough to handle and two goals in a minute turned the game around. Grant Austin volleyed home the equaliser on the half hour mark and the same player cashed in on a defensive mix-up soon after to put the hosts ahead.
Both goals came via swift play down Reds’ right flank.
Eleven minutes after the break Jake Skaag conceded a penalty when he impeded the talented Muhamdou Bokum and Colin Clarke confidently converted from the spot.
The Royals made it 4-1 on seventy minutes when Sam Byse forced the ball home at the near post following a corner and, five minutes later it was five, when they scored the best goal of the match. A swift, good passing move culminated with Mo Sagli driving the ball past Reds’ debutant ‘keeper, Scott Sables.
To their credit, Workington didn’t concede any further goals in the final quarter of an hour and deserved the late consolation from Sharp who, along with Holliday, was probably Reds best on a hot afternoon.
RIASA Royals Szymaszek, Byse, Werner, Jackson R, Fossen, King, Austin, Trask, Clarke, Bokum, Kinuthia. Substitutes – McManus, Sagli, Martinez, Jackson, De Lienlerke.
Workington Stables, Hetherington, Holliday, Skaag, Watson (Sinclair, 46), Carter, Reynolds, IvIson, Sharp, Ferguson, Dymtrowski (McCullough, 70).
Referee Paul Jarvis, Bradford
Bookings: Jackson C (RIASA), Ferguson (Workington)