Keighley Cougars Reserves 24-32 Halifax RL Reserves Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)
KEIGHLEY Cougars Reserves fell to a narrow defeat in a fiery derby encounter with Halifax.
The visitors raced out of the blocks into a sixteen point lead, opening the scoring when a number of missed tackles by the Cougars allowed James Woodburn-Hall to go in beneath the uprights.
Conor McGrath extended the Halifax advantage with a double, first crossing in the corner before later racing 80 metres to score on the back of a scrum.
Harry Aaronson got Keighley on the board though with a superb individual effort, returning the ball 60 metres from a kick.
Fax would score again though before the interval as Lee Registe cut inside of his wing to touch down.
The second-half begin with the visitors being reduced to 12 men when Jamie Stringer was given his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on Matt Ross.
This allowed the Cougars to get back into the game and they did so when Michael Nuttall, one of three Hunslet players on dual-registration for the Cougars, then got to the line with a superb individual effort after selling a superb dummy pass to two Fax defenders.
The sides were then levelled to 11 men each after an incident in the tackle brought with it an ugly reaction.
The result was a red card for Samir Tahraoui with both Bradley Clarkson and Will Calcott sent to the sin-bin to cool off.
From the resulting penalty, a number of bodies from both sides threw themselves at the ball with the officials ruling James Feather, out of retirement for the evening, got the vital touch and was awarded a try.
But, the visitors would rally and score two quick-fire tries to pull out of reach and seal the victory.
First, Kian Morgan scored after a Keighley man knocked-on near to the line.
Adam Newby would then take advantage of a missed tackle to run through the defensive line to cross.
The Cougars would have the final say on the evening however when on the back of consecutive sets on the Halifax line, Tim Stubbs powered his way over from close range.