A disappointing day for York Schoolboys as they failed to make the knock-out stages of the 9-a-side tournament in windy Sheffield. Despite not conceding a single goal across all games, the mis-firing u11s couldn’t get past some well organised teams in 10 minute games.
The schedule was not kind as York started against current league leaders East Riding but a dogged 0-0 set the tone for the rest of the day, not just for York but many teams where goals were at a premium in such short games.
Next up were a strong Leeds team, eventual group winners, who were kept at bay by York, but chances came and went at the other end, finishing out another 0-0. Draws were not enough to ensure progression.
York finally returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win against Bradford. A lovely cross by Ewan Daly set Logan White to fire in York’s first goal of the tournament. Oliver Ellis finished from close range following great work from Oliver Boast ….3 points finally on the board.
Another good win against Rotherham saw York click into gear, with a well taken free kick goal from Boast, who added another at the death, and a well slotted goal for Thomas Holtby.
Sheffield proved stern opposition with chances going a miss at both ends. Another 0-0 draw meant progression was now out of York’s hands going into the final game against Doncaster. However, a win was required to put real pressure on the teams around York but again luck was missing. Chances came and went and York finally thought they’d broken the deadlock when Oliver Boast’s shot trickled under the keeper’s legs but agonisingly stayed out! Yet another 0-0 meant York relying on the 2nd placed team losing their last game to have any chance of progressing. It wasn’t to be and York’s participation came to a premature end.
Across 60 minutes of football York were imperious at the back. Oliver Wood was solid and secure in goal and Theo Clarke, Joe Turbine and Bobby Moore didn’t put a foot wrong and can be proud of keeping all teams at bay. In the midfield tireless grafting, but no shortage of poise and skill, from Bodhi Justice and Thomas Holtby provided an anchor for the attack. Logan White, Oliver Boast, Ewan Daly, Finn Davis and Oliver Ellis caused no end of problems, but just couldn’t make the most of their superiority on the day.
Goalscorers: Boast x 2, White, Holtby, Ellis