Farsley Celtic progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over local rivals Tadcaster Albion 2-0 on a beautiful autumn day at the i2i stadium.

Farsley started the game the brighter, and after Liam Shepherd clattered into Richard Marshall The Celts were awarded a penalty. James Walshaw stepped up and coolly slotted the ball straight down the middle. Midway through the half Walshaw almost doubled Farsley’s lead as he turned on a sixpence and fired just wide of the upright. Farsley continued the pressure and Aaron Hardy had a speculative effort from long range which fizzed inches over the bar. Shortly before the half Tadcaster had their first real opportunity however Graeme McKibbin made a smart save to deny Tom Corner. 

Tadcaster made a calamitous start to the second half as ‘keeper Charlie Murphy dropped the ball straight at the feet of Paul Walker who tapped home into an empty net. Walker then could have had a brace however his effort was tipped over the bar by Murphy as he tried to atone for his error. Walker then fired a terrific free-kick goal wards that just missed the target as it went over the bar. Midway through the half Tadcaster had a route back into the game as Ryan Serrant felled Corner in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. However a fantastic save from McKibbin denied Corner the goal and maintained Farsley’s two goal advantage. Lewis Nightingale then could have secured the win as he was played through after a sublime pass by Walker only to see his shot fly over the bar. The final chance of the game fell to Tadcaster in injury time however once again McKibbin made a fine save to deny the consolation goal from Corner.

Tadcaster Albion: Murphy, Barrett, Shepherd, Milne, Anderson, Mycor, Youhill, Beadle (c) (Ibrahimi 77), Corner, Josh Greening (Sellars 65), Jonathan Greening. Unused subs: Binns, Morgan.
Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Hardy, Serrant, Turner, Savory, Miller (Howarth 71), Deacey (Nightingale 74), Daly, Walshaw (Hazel 80). Unused subs: A. Davidson, P. Davidson.

MOTM: Graeme McKibbin
Attendance: 464