A tough morning for York & District Schoolboys u13s as a strong Sheffield team ran out comfortable winners. This was always going to be a difficult game for York as Sheffield have a number of excellent players and their quality showed today. Sheffield were a better team across the pitch as they moved the ball well, were strong in the tackle and had an excellent No. 9 who scored the majority of their goals.
The game was played in good conditions on a crisp Autumn morning at the University pitches in Heslington and was a tight affair in the early stages with Sheffield getting some early shots away without troubling Oliver Wood in goals. At the other end of the pitch Olaf Gorczyczweski was being tightly marked and getting little space. Edward Shakeshaft was up against a very skilful fullback on the left which resulted in a strong contest between both throughout the game.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half for Sheffield’s first and York were finding it hard to create any real momentum from an attacking perspective. A strong run from Shakeshaft resulted in a ball whipped across the box but no York player could not get on the end of it.
Hoping to see out the first half with just the 1 goal conceded, York switched off momentarily at the back to allow the Sheffield striker too much time and space to claim a second goal and make things much harder for the home team. Oliver Oaten and Charlie Goodwin had been working very hard to contain the tricky striker and fullbacks Harrison Clark and Joe Turbine were restricting any attacks from out wide. Half time was a chance to regroup and refocus.
Key to the re-start was to try and get the next goal but things became much harder following the goal of the game from Sheffield’s excellent fullback hitting a low strike from outside the area. York’s Ewan Daly was working hard to make a nuisance of himself and played a wonderful through ball to Dylan Harvey who was in on goal, but pulled his shot wide, arguably shooting too early when he had time to take another touch and give himself a better chance of scoring. Daly was again involved with a strong press that caused havoc for the Sheffield defenders setting Harvey in again, but this time he fired straight at the keeper with the goal at his mercy. Micah Douglas, Harry Clarkson, Miles Merer and Ewan Waddington worked hard in midfield but struggled to build any momentum against an excellent Sheffield team, who claimed another 2 well worked goals to finish the game off.
York couldn’t find a goal to add some gloss to an otherwise difficult result, but it was a well-deserved win for Sheffield. York now need to regroup for an away trip to Bradford in a couple of weeks’ time as they look to cement their midtable position in the run up to Christmas.
Final Score York & District Schoolboys 0 – 5 Sheffield