Leeds Sunday League, Play-off Cup Group A
Commercial HQ 2 Seacroft Working Mens Club 3 (att 20)
This was a summer league game but as my football season runs from July until June this will probably mark the end of my 2018/19 season. 2019/20 is likely to begin in a fortnight or so.
A curiosity of this year's Leeds Sunday League is that while all the games are on pitches at Fearnville Playing Fields, one fixture each week is on what is designated as 'pitch six' which is some distance from the other three.
The pitch is close to Fearnville Leisure Centre, and just beyond a railed off rugby pitch. No facilities for people watching football of course, not that you'd expect any at this level. In common with other Leeds Sunday League games each side is responsible for a goal net.
It's a league with a big gulf between teams and some one-sided scorelines, but this was a closely contested match between two sides who haven't had the best of starts to the fledgling season.
Seacroft always had the edge. They scored first, and although they were pegged back they went back in front in the final moments of the first half.
Commercial HQ thought they'd equalised with about 20 minutes left but the referee ruled the ball hadn't crossed the line. I couldn't tell from my vantage point, but if he did keep it out then it was a great save by the Seacroft keeper.
I could understand the frustration of Commercial's would-be goalscorer, as he was convinced it was a goal, but that didn't justify the abuse he gave the referee. His subsequent red card was justified, but as he'd been subbed moments before earning it his side at least played on with 11 men.
Five minutes after that a Seacroft penalty put them 3-1 up, and that provided decisive despite a rather soft penalty in the closing minutes which allowed Commercial to cut the gap to 2-3.