Report: Farsley Celtic 2 Moors 2

Moors came from 2-0 behind to snatch a point in dramatic fashion at Farsley Celtic on Saturday as they scored twice in the final three minutes at The Citadel.

Danny Greenfield came off the bench to rifle Moors back into contention with a fine finish on 87 minutes before Glen Taylor converted from the spot after Jordan Thewlis had been upended.

Jason Ainsley’s men could even have won it at the death as they recovered from conceding two quickfire goals at in the early stages of an astonishing encounter in West Yorkshire.

New loan signings Tom Allan and Elliot Forbes both made their debuts after joining from Gateshead on Friday, while Joe Cummings was handed a start in place of James Curtis at the back.

And the changes helped Moors get off to a high tempo start as they got on the front foot from the first whistle; Glen Taylor could have scored when he spun well in the box only to drag his left-foot shot across goal and wide.

On five minutes everything changed as Farsley went in front on the end of their first foray into Moors territory when Frank Mulhern escaped through the middle where he was upended by Max Metcalfe as he dashed from his line. The former Moors man dusted himself down and fired the hosts in front from the spot.

It got even worse on 10 minutes when Kian Scales found space to fire a shot on goal which was parried away by Metcalfe only for home skipper Dave Syers to get to the rebound first and bundle home Farsley’s second goal.

Moors took time to clear their heads but slowly began to gain a foothold back in the game but neither Taylor nor Thewlis could generate enough power in their efforts to trouble home keeper Max Dearnley.

Rob Ramshaw got through but was well denied by Dearnley who rushed out to spread himself, before follow-up efforts from Taylor and Thewlis were both blocked away from trouble.

Ramshaw got on the end of a Scott Duxbury cross but headed straight at Dearnley, while Moors had a let-off at the other end when a goalmouth scramble almost resulted in a third Farsley goal.

Allan was looking lively on his debut and saw a powerful shot deflected behind after he showed good skill to find space on the left of The Celt Army’s penalty area.

However, Moors were thankful to a big save from Metcalfe just before half time when Bradford City loan man Scales rampaged in behind the defence only to be denied by the teenage keeper.

Cummings had a great chance to level things shortly after the restart when he met Joe Wheatley’s left-wing corner, but his header dropped the wrong side of the post as he wrestled with the home defenders.

The introduction of Mark Anderson from the bench helped give Moors an extra edge as the midfielder, just back from injury, began pulling the strings and he could have pulled one back on 70 minutes following good work from Allan but fired just over.

Farsley then sprung straight down the other end to work Metcalfe once again as a ball into the box found Syers on the stretch, but his prodded volley was turned round the post by the Moors stopper.

Greenfield’s introduction provided yet more energy in the engine room as Moors continued to knock at the door – though Ramshaw had to stay switched on to head off the line when Farsley’s Tom Allan met a corner with a looping header.

Anderson could have celebrated his return with a goal on 78 minutes when some good build-up play allowed him the space to let fly but his firmly struck shot came out off the underside of the bar.

The breakthrough finally came three minutes from time when Ramshaw turned infield from the left to fizz a ball into Greenfield, who dribbled across the edge of the box before drilling a wonderful goal beyond Dearnley and into the bottom corner.

The goal changed the mood inside the stadium and on the pitch – and it was no surprise when Moors drew level just two minutes later. Greenfield played a ball into Thewlis back to goal on the edge of the six-yard area and he was fouled from behind to allow Taylor the chance to coolly drive Moors level from the penalty spot.

Ainsley’s men could even have taken all three points when a wonderful cross from Allan on the left was glanced on goal by Taylor, but his header kissed the post on its way wide and the points were shared.

Full Time: Farsley Celtic 2 Moors 2

Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Scales, Allan, Johnson, Butler, Clayton, Syers (Pointon 72), Atkinson, Spencer (Ubaezuono 80), Mulhern (Osadebe 90), Parkin.
Subs not used: Dube, Assenso.

Booked: Mulhern (34), Clayton (55)

Moors: Metcalfe, Cousin-Dawson (Lufudu 69), Tait, Cummings, Duxbury, Forbes (Anderson 59), Wheatley (Greenfield 75), Ramshaw, Thewlis, Allan, Taylor.
Subs not used: Ledger, Preston.

Booked: Wheatley (60)

Referee: William Davies

Attendance: 568

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