Following a couple of weeks break York Schoolboys Under 13’s returned to action with a tricky cup tie away at Leeds.
The tie was made even more difficult with the presence of a strong wind blowing across a heavy pitch.
York kicked off with the wind behind them and started brightly with some good passing on a very difficult surface. After five minutes York create the first chance with Manni De Nobriga firing his shot just wide of the post. York continued to create further chances but failed to trouble the Leeds goalkeeper.
Persistence finally paid off for York and after 30 minutes they took the lead following a flowing move allowing Rob Guilfoyle to slot the ball past the advancing Leeds keeper to make it 1-0 at half time.
York started the second half playing into a strong wind and as expected the early pressure came from Leeds as the looked for an equaliser but the defence of Nick Hutton, Lucas Wilson, Ollie Smith and Lucas Frankish stood firm with keeper Patrick Randall tidying up any long balls which bypassed the defence.
As the half progressed the central midfield pairing of Danny Allinson and Charlie Ward started to get a foothold in the game with Charlie Buckle and Charlie Jebson King giving valuable options out on the flanks. Opportunities were few and far between for York but the front two for York, Robbie Simpson and Joe Crosby worked tirelessly chasing down any opportunities and applying pressure to the Leeds defence.
The final ten minutes saw Leeds pushing for the crucial equaliser, and on two occasions the Leeds striker found himself clean through one on one only to be thwarted by York keeper Partick Randall.
Randall then pulled off a fine full length save to deny Leeds once again before a welcome final whistle with York been victorious 1-0.
This was not a pretty performance by York but the management team are really pleased with the team’s ability to grind out a deserved result in difficult conditions and progress into the next round of the cup.
Man of the match was Patrick Randall with a brave second half performance in the York goal.