Back to Leeds this week for our first league game in over a month after many postponements. A big well done and thank you to the staff at St. Theresa’s for getting the pitch ready and in decent condition despite the horrible weather.
This was going to be a tough 9-a-side game against Leeds A who were sitting high up the table with 4 wins from 4. We started brilliantly putting early pressure on their defence and testing their keeper with a number of goal line scrambles before Oliver Boast gave us that all important first goal.
More York pressure followed and chances went a-begging. We had a scare at the back when a mix up in defence gave Leeds a real chance but Oliver Wood was off his line quickly to keep York in the lead. Then the attack really started to gel with Ewan Daly scoring from close range to make it 2-0, and he followed that with another 2 goals to give York a commanding 4-0 lead after the first 20 mins.
We made some team adjustments for the 2nd period and Leeds came out fighting, going close on a few occasions and were unlucky not to score when a fine shot hit the post. An amazing pass out of the back by Booby Moore almost resulted in a fantastic breakaway goal, and we remained solid at the back despite the increased Leeds pressure. Finn Davis played controlled football from the front, with neat and tidy ball retention and passing that helped to settle us down.
The final 20 mins saw York regain control of the game and a deserved goal for Logan White. Elsewhere Thomas Holtby and Charlie Calderwood were excellent in midfield, winning tackles, breaking up play and provided a lot of energy to the team. At the back Theo Clarke, Finn Simpson, Joe Turbine and Bobby Moore were controlled, solid and played their way out of defence very well. Equally pleasing was seeing the players track back during transitional phases. The combination of the hardworking defence and the calm, controlled goalkeeping of Oliver Wood resulted in a well-earned clean sheet. Leeds came close at the death with the woodwork rescuing York to preserve that clean sheet.
Overall it was a fantastic team performance against a strong Leeds team. Every player made a telling contribution throughout the game and they can be very proud of the win, away from home on a tricky pitch.
Final score Leeds A 0 – York Schoolboys 5
Scorers: Boast, Daly (3), White