Despite a bitterly cold morning on the Ridings York started the match well, controlling the mid field, feeding Archie Colley and Matthew Dawes on the wings, creating opportunities for several shots at the ER goalkeeper. From a throw in A Tom Coy throw in sent Tom Algar on an overlap down the right wing, his attempted cross was blocked and went out for a corner.
Archie Colley put a high ball into the 6-yard box, Dillan Meehan rose out of a languid defence to head the ball into the net. 0-1 to York
York maintained the pressure with shots coming from Tom, Archie and Joe Sidebottom. ER were not sitting back and hit back on counter attacks. Following a York goal kick, ER won the ball in midfield and created an opportunity on the edge of the penalty area, a shot worked its way into a group of players and ER slotted one in from close range. 1-1.
York were still making good use of the right wing and deep in ER half Tom Coy took a quick throw, throwing into space for Dillon to run on to. Dillon went around two defenders and close to the by line was able to get a shot off low to the keepers’ feet. 2-1 on 30 minutes. Still, York applied pressure from the right, yet again from a Tom Coy throw to Dillon Meehan who created an opportunity to get a shot/cross that skimmed across the front of the goal before the referee blew for half time.
From the start of the second half, ER came out with a point to prove and started to dominate the midfield, after 6 minutes they levelled the score with a well worked goal. Although York had forays into the hosts half, they could not make the most of them. With the wind behind ER they started to put high balls into the box. From one such occasion, Louis Powell was challenged by two forwards and the loose ball fell to an ER player who had an easy finish for his efforts. A similar situation occurred and on 25 minutes and ER finished the game off with their 4th goal.
York never stopped battling. With seconds to go Mathew Dawes was brought down on the edge of the penalty box. An in-swinging cross into a crowded penalty area bounced just wide of post, before the referee brought the game to a close on 4-2.
MOTM Dillon Meehan.