Report: Guiseley 2-0 Farsley Celtic
Farsley Celtic succumbed to a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat in the North Leeds derby, as neighbours Guiseley earned a deserved victory at Nethermoor.
Second-half goals from Chris Sang and Lee Shaw wrapped up the three points for the Lions as the Celts’ eight-game unbeaten run came to an end.
Farsley manager Adam Lakeland pinpointed the opening goal as the turning point in what had been a tight game up until it. He said: “The first goal was massive, in any game it is, but I’m disappointed from our point of view that it’s come from an error. Elliot (Wynne) has made some really great saves before that, but for the goal the lad’s hit it really well into the top corner. If Elliot was set, he probably would have saved it.
“As a team, I think we allowed it to affect us too much and we struggled from then on in. We made a couple of changes but we didn’t adapt to them as we would. Guiseley are a threat on the break and we just lost our shape and discipline as the game went on.”
After a quiet opening quarter-hour to the game, it was Farsley who had the first real effort on goal; Luke Parkin played a tidy one-two with Dave Syers but the forward fired straight at England youth international goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst.
The hosts’ first meaningful chance came on 27 minutes as George Cantrill pulled the ball back to Kaine Felix, but the winger fired over the target.
Parkin had another good chance two minutes later as the ball fell to him after a bit of penalty-box pinball, but the former Leeds United youngster sliced his shot wide.
The chances kept flowing and back down the other end, Elliot Wynne made a vital save to tip Chris Sang’s header over from point-blank range.
Then in first-half stoppage time, Jordan Richards’ deep cross flew over Dewhurst, but Dave Syers headed just wide.
Guiseley broke the deadlock out of nowhere on 56 minutes, as Barnsley loanee Sang unleased an impressive strike from outside the box, which looped over Wynne to send the home fans into raptures.
The hosts could have doubled their advantage on 61 minutes as they broke with a quick counter-attack which saw Felix pick out Gabriel Johnson, but Wynne was out quickly to make the block.
The Lions were continuing to enjoy the better of the chances with Aaron Soleman and Felix both coming close to net a second as the game ticked into the final quarter.
The Celts did get a golden chance to turn the game on 76 minutes at Matt Regan picked out Ben Atkinson, however, the midfielder fired straight at Sheffield United loanee Dewhurst, who saved with his feet.
After being let off the hook, Guiseley essentially secured the three points on 83 minutes via another quick counter-attack, where Farsley were outnumbered three on two. Felix, who was a permanent danger throughout the game, picked out Shaw who chose his spot to fire home and make it 2-0.
Guiseley almost made it 3-0 in stoppage time, but right-back Jordan Richards was in the right spot to clear Johnson’s strike off the line.
The Celts, who finish the day just inside the play-offs in seventh, have the perfect chance to hit back, as they host bottom-of-the-table Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
Guiseley AFC: Dewhurst, McNally, Nicholson, Jones, Bencherif, Digie, Felix, Cantrill, Sang (Shaw 77), Soleman.
Subs not used: Smith, Barkers, Clayton, Newall.
Farsley Celtic: Wynne, Richards, Regan, Higgins, Ellis, C Atkinson, B Atkinson, Syers (Clayton 68), Parkin, Cartman (Francis 79), Hayhurst (Walton 68).
Subs not used: Trenerry, Allen.
Referee: Dan Locker