GOLDSBOROUGH won through to the semi-finals of the Scarborough Junior Cup in a game overshadowed by a serious injury.
Trefor Williams, in his second game back for ‘Boro after breaking his leg last season, broke his leg again in a challenge for the ball after just five minutes on Saturday, with Andy Dent coming on to replace him.
Both teams played open football in a thrilling cup tie with end-to-end football, with shots hitting the posts and crossbar.
Goldsborough had a penalty claim turned down on 25 minutes when it seemed that Dent was tripped in the box, but the referee did not give the decision.
Lealholm also had chances to take the lead, but last-ditch defending and excellent saves from Harland in the Goldsborough goal kept the scores level at the break.
Goldsborough played much better in the second half and started to control the play.
Goldsborough took the lead on 53 minutes when the ball reached Dent, he beat his marker and fiercely shot into the top right corner.
Lealholm struggled to break down the Goldsborough defence and put three men up front for the last 15 minutes.
Goldsborough took off Dent and put on Mike Magor to play five at the back. Goldsborough had a couple of chances to increase the lead in the last five minutes but their shots were well saved by Gibson in the Lealholm goal.
Goldsborough held off the Lealholm attack comfortably to win a hard-fought game to secure their place in the semi-finals.
A minutes’ silence was observed by both teams in memory of the late Ken McDonald, a staunch Lealholm supporter.
Goldsborough 1 Lealholm 0