York U 12s travelled to the seaside to face a strong Scarborough side in a friendly match.
York began the slower of the two sides and were soon 1-0 down inside 10 minutes when a Scarborough forward latched on to a loose ball in the York box and slotted the ball into the back of the net. Scarborough continued to put pressure on York, however, the back 3 of Matthew Dawes, Will Hotson and Dillon Meehan stood strong and Goalkeeper Noah Ellis pulled off a string of outstanding saves to prevent the home side extending their lead.
Shortly before the break, York drew level when a powerful strike from Tom Algar and was parried into the path of Kaiden Butler, who poked the ball home from a tight angle, 1-1. York then began to keep possession and attempted to gain control of the match. York were creating chances and looking solid at the back. The impressive Dillon Meehan (voted MOTM) moved into midfield and broke up Scarborough’s attacks and distributed the ball quickly to the York wide men on many occasions allowing Cole Gayles, Kaiden Butler and Marcus Young to get to get balls into the box and shots at goal. Ellis Cattaneo (c) was also effective both defensively and in attacking areas with his energy to work from box to box proving vital.
It was not long before York took the lead for the first time in the game when Ellis Cattaneo slotted the ball through to the forever running Tommy Cahill, who composed himself before firing the ball past the on-rushing Scarborough keeper, 1-2 York. As the game went into the closing stages and both teams were tiring, Scarborough had a late spell of possession that resulted in a number of dangerous free kicks and corners. York managed to defend these confidently with Tom Coy making some great blocks and defensive headers along with Will Hotson and Matthews Dawes. Goalkeeper Noah Ellis also got down well to tip a late free kick around the post. York had one final chance to extend their lead in the dying seconds when Tommy Cahills’ low driven shot had the Scarborough keeper at full stretch and he just did enough to push it around the post.
Well done boys. A good performance and 1-2 victory for York against a battle hardened Scarborough.
York travel to Barnsley this Saturday (October 15th) looking to continue their impressive run of form.
Man of the Match – Dillon Meehan