Following two weeks of competitive trials York Schoolboys Under14’s opened their season with a difficult friendly away at Leeds. With York fielding virtually a new team from last year this was going to be a big learning curve for the new squad members.
From the kick off York started brightly and were awarded a free kick which was headed wide by Lucas Wilson. This early scare spurred Leeds into action and they started to dominate the game keeping the York defence pinned in their own half.
This resulted in Leeds taking the lead on 14 minutes with a shot into the bottom corner of the goal from the edge of the area. Leeds were now dominating the game and on 23 minutes they were awarded a corner where the Leeds forward rose unchallenged to head home.
The York defence were now under constant pressure and some last ditch tackling from Will Anderson, Josh Tingle and Josh Hollins managed to keep the Leeds attacks at bay.
York’s best attack came following a throw in from Manni De Nobriga which was flicked on for Joe Crosby’s strike to be well saved by the Leeds keeper.
Leeds extended their lead before half time with a long ball which split the York defence allowing the Leeds striker to run through and slot the ball past Harry Griffiths in the York goal to make it 3-0 to Leeds at half time.
The start of the second half sees York start more positively creating a couple of half chances, but Leeds further extending their lead from another corner to make it 4-0, which soon became 5-0 when Leeds scored directly from a free kick from the edge of the area.
It was soon 6-0 when the unmarked Leeds striker headed home unchallenged from 3 yards out.
The final ten minutes saw York rally and scored with a 25 yard strike from Lucas Wilson with Manni De Nobriga then breaking through the Leeds defence to make the final score 6-2 to Leeds.
This was a tough fixture to start with and the lads will get stronger as the season progresses, what was pleasing was that the lads kept going to the end and their heads did not go down.