U11s York 5-2 Leeds A

The sunshine returned to York today as the U11 Schoolboys continued their pursuit of the league top spot with a hard-earned win against a depleted but very competitive Leeds team. Away from all worries about Coronavirus the two teams produced a game that was hard fought and contained some lovely football.

York started strongly with great running out wide from Charlie Calderwood and Oliver Boast up front coming close early on. However, it was Leeds who struck first when a lovely through ball beat the onrushing Oliver Wood in goal to slide in the opener. It wasn’t long before York were level when nice interplay between Logan White and Joe Turbine saw the latter produce a great shot that hit the bar and post, tapped in by White.

York’s tails were now up and started to produce some lovely football with the Leeds keeper, the woodwork and last ditch defending keeping them at bay. A great delivery from Turbine was again turned in by White for York to take the lead. The first period was almost capped with a stunning goal from Turbine whose long-range shot was saved brilliantly by the Leeds keeper.

Within seconds of the re-start a driving run from Boast on the right-hand side was too hot for the keeper to handle and York now had a cushion. More York pressure followed and an unfortunate handball for Leeds earned York a penalty, dutifully dispatched by Bobby Moore. Leeds then rallied and put York under pressure which was rewarded with a peach of a second goal from range, into the top corner.

4-2 into the final period and again York were denied by the woodwork. With no subs the Leeds boys were starting to tire but they didn’t give up and kept pushing for another goal but were being denied time and space by the superb Bodhi Justice and Theo Clarke. It was York who produced the chances in the final moments when Oliver Ellis’ long range effort was cleared off the line and Finn Davis capitalised on a rebound from Ewan Daly’s freekick to finish the scoring, 5-2.

Another win that puts York right in contention ahead of the top of the table clash next week with East Riding.

Scorers: Boast, White (2), Moore (pen), Davis