Captain McDaid’s double guides Railway to victory

Harrogate Railway 3-1 Steeton 

Harrogate Railway captain Dan McDaid celebrating with Kieran Greenway. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Captain marvel Dan McDaid returned from injury with a bang by scoring twice to lead Harrogate Railway to victory against Steeton in their final pre-season fixture.

All the match’s goals came in a rip-roaring opening 20 minutes at Station View. 

Railway burst out of the blocks and had their supporters celebrating after just a minute. Mick O’Connell’s men made a break down the right and Joe Crosby sent a delicious cross into the box which man of the moment Kieran Greenway met with a equally delightful diving header.

Steeton responded quite quickly as Luke Baldwin’s long range effort was spilled into the left-hand bottom corner by home goalkeeper Joe Wilton.

The medics were on standby when Steve Bromley tried his botched overhead kick attempt which failed because of lighting issues. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Railway did not rest on their laurels as McDaid transformed himself into a goal machine and pounced twice in three minutes. Elliot Holmes’ sublime pass found McDaid on the right-side and the ex-Glasshoughton Welfare man showed great composure to draw the goalkeeper out and then bury the ball low and hard into the net using his left-foot.

Before Steeton could even get up from that punch, Greenway sent a perfectly-weighted free kick into the box for McDaid to head past goalkeeper Jordan Moorhouse.

Roy Mason’s Steeton twice hit the post in the first half so the visitors were unlucky to be two goals down.

Railway striker Chris Smith watched a rocket of a strike get tipped over the crossbar in the second half, but overall the game fizzled out. 

The Teams 

Harrogate Railway: Wilton, McDaid (captain), Seyfert, Brownlee, Holmes, Clarke, Prata, Newsome, Bromley, Greenway, Crosby. Subs: Smith, Wilson, Hardcastle, Shaw, Hassell.

Steeton: Moorhouse, Marsh, Madueke, Morgan (captain), Borek, Wolfenden, Subhani, Townsend, Kinteh, Wignall, Baldwin. Subs: Jeffrey, Maddocks, Darkins, Davis, Preston.

Who Was In Charge 

Nigel Bannister (10/10)

Mr Bannister glided across the pitch like a young Howard Webb and controlled the game like a man destined for greater heights.

How Many Were There 

Under 100

Man of the Match 

Kieran Greenway (Harrogate Railway)

Kieran Greenway leapt like a salmon to open the scoring for Harrogate Railway after just a minute. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

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