York Schoolboys Under 15s came from 2-0 down to beat a strong Hull side 3-2 in a high quality encounter at York University. The visitors were quick out of the blocks and went ahead after 7 minutes when their lively striker outpaced the York defence before sliding the ball home.
The same player then doubled Hull’s advantage with another cool finish before the home side had settled into the game. This all changed however when Bailey Fleming and Jacob Smith eventually put the shackles on the opposition strikers and with Jake Humphries putting in some uncompromising tackles and Elliot Waddington distributing the ball well from left back York grew into the game.
Niall Smallwood and Elliot Fenton also started to win the midfield skirmishes before some concerted York pressure gained due reward when Adam Wilson, who was excellent all game, lost his marker on the right before crossing the ball into the box for strike partner George Brown to hook a superb volley high into the net.
York continued in the ascendancy second period playing some quality football and they started to find gaps behind the Hull back line. Sam Drake sent Alex Wilson away with a defence splitting pass but the front man was thwarted by the keeper.
However, the home side did not have to wait much longer for their next chance and this time Adam Wilson made no mistake from close range to level the scores. York then shuffled the pack and with Ben Burdett anchoring the midfield well the home side enjoyed some good spells of possession while Jarrad Benson also impressed at the back.
The best was saved until last though as with just a few minutes remaining man of the match Jacob Smith, who had been immaculate throughout, hit a stunning long range shot into the top right hand corner of the net to win an entertaining game for his team.
Today York travel to Stockton for a first round tie in the English Schools FA national cup competition.