A depleted u11 York Schoolboys team travelled to league leaders Hull on the back of their first league defeat the previous week. Missing a number of their key players, York needed a monumental performance to put their league campaign back on track….and they delivered.
Conditions were ideal for a very competitive game of football with Hull fielding many from the Hull City academy set-up. Right from the off York were up for the challenge, tenacious in the tackle and not letting the Hull team get into a rhythm. Bobby Moore, again impressive in midfield was everywhere and alongside Thomas Holtby were pulling the strings. Debutant Olaf Gorczyczewska, playing upfront was holding the ball up well and Charlie Calderwood and Ewan Daly kept the pitch wide, as well as pressing high putting pressure on the Hull backline. At the back, Joe Turbine, Theo Clarke and Nathan Smith kept Hull at bay for long periods of the game.
The opening goal came from excellent work on the wing by Moore who stood up a fantastic ball to the back post where Joe Turbine was on hand to head York in front. Hull responded right at the death of the first period firing in an equaliser from a fantastic save by the superb Zac Watson in goal for York.
Feeling hard done by the York boys came out strong again in the 2nd period and their hard work paid off when Gorczyczewska was fouled by the Hull keeper for Moore to convert the penalty and restore York’s lead. It was a very even contest with Hull having many chances only for Zac Watson to deny them an equaliser through a fantastic save in a 1 on 1 opportunity.
Into the final period and York were starting to create more chances as the Hull boys pushed for an equaliser. Debutant Ewan Waddington and Oliver Ellis were combining well in midfield, and a lovely through ball from Ellis set Daly away down the wing for a great cross that Calderwood almost converted at the back post. The 3rd goal wasn’t far away and Daly pounced on a loose ball in the box to slam home putting York in a commanding position going into the final minutes. But Hull weren’t finished and were claiming a penalty of their own when the excellent Clarke was adjudged to handle the ball, but just outside the box. The York defence stood strong, while at the other end Gorczyczewska had a number of chances to seal the game, narrowly missing out on a debut goal.
This was a huge win for York after the disappointment of last week. It was an immense performance from the team that has done their league campaign the world of good.
Scorers: Turbine, Moore (pen), Daly