U12s York 5-0 Spen Valley

This week saw York U12’s face Spen Valley in the league on a fantastic day for football.

Carrying on from last week’s late flurry against Leeds, the game got underway and York began at a blistering pace. Immediately the pressure was piled on Spen Valley with a number of corners and free kicks. From this pressure came the first goal. A fine delivery to the back post from Matthew Dawes’ corner was met by Ellis Cattaneo who headed the ball into the top right hand corner leaving the keeper with no chance. York didn’t stop there, they continued their bright start and quickly doubled their lead when a delightful left-footed through ball by Dillon Meehan allowed Tommy Cahill to nip round the back and stroke the ball into the far corner of the net.

York grabbed goal number three with their third different scorer of the morning. Some tidy work between Cole Gayles and Kaiden Butler down the right hand side allowed Gayles to cut inside onto his left foot and fire past the keeper with a low drive. The chances kept coming, Algar, Meehan and Cattaneo controlling the midfield, consistently finding red shirts and carving open the Spen Valley defence. Shortly before the interval, Tommy Cahill scored his second and York’s fourth. A Tom Algar free kick was headed against the post by Kaiden Butler, and Cahill was there to hammer the rebound into the back of the net to end a sublime first half performance from the home team.

First half York 4-0 Spen valley.

York started the second half brightly and saw plenty of the ball in the opening 15 minutes of the half. Harrison Cain worked tirelessly from the front and both himself and Oliver Darley had their efforts saved by the busy Spen Valley goalkeeper. To round the game off York added a fifth goal when Kaiden Butler scored after another superb Matthew Dawes free kick caused havoc in the area. Butler was there to pick up the pieces and nod the ball into the back of the net. York had to withstand a brief spell of pressure from the away side but the strong defensive back line including Dawes, Will Hotson, Tom Coy and Dillon Meehan, ensured York kept their clean sheet. York’s keeper Noah Ellis put in a vocal performance, commanding his area and organising the back line.

This was a very impressive performance from the York boys. Hopefully they can continue this and take it into next week’s League fixture vs. Nottingham.

Man of the Match – Tom Algar.