16th September 2023 York
U15 League Fixture
York & District Schoolboys 2 – 1 Leeds Schoolboys
Team: Ben Alder, Oliver Waygood, Charlie Anderson, Luca Long, Sam Parris, Harley Waddington, Harry Waines, Bodhi Justice, Isaac Arif, Olaf Gorczyczewski, Dara Sanusi, Matthew Orr, Charlie Goodwin, Ewan Daly, Lucas Matthews.
Schoolboys football returned to York for the first u15 league game of the season in the boys final year representing York & District, and it turned out to be a very close, entertaining game with York edging it on the scoreboard. The rain held off, which allowed for a great game of football to be played in a very competitive manner but well controlled by the referee that allowed the game to flow.
A first quarter that saw Leeds the better team, had York defending well and calling on Ben Alder in goal to make some really smart close range saves, with one in particular outstanding save to keep the scores level. York started to grow more into the game and the midfield quartet of Bodhi Justice, Harley Waddington, Dara Sanusi and Olaf Gorczyczewski were making their physical presence felt. The forwards of Ewan Daly, Charlie Goodwin and Matthew Orr were also making inroads and it was a combination of Goodwin’s flick on to Daly who teed up Gorczyczewski to slot home the first goal in a well worked move.
At the back Charlie Anderson, Luca Long and Oliver Waygood were defending brilliantly, intercepting passes, tackling hard and playing well out from the back. Lucas Matthews, Harry Waines, Sam Parris and Isaac Arif were now on to keep up the pace and energy as York pushed for a second. A foul outside the box presented Gorczyczewski with a free kick which just clipped the outside of the post, but he didn’t have to wait long for his second when he struck a sweet right footer at the edge of the area to nestle in the bottom corner.
York managed the game through to halftime with a 2 goal advantage, but were wary of last year’s game against Leeds when they relinquished a 3 goal lead at half time. This time York came out the stronger team for the second half and pushed for a third with Arif and Daly working hard on the wings and creating many attacking opportunities for Goodwin and Orr. Sanusi was switching play regularly from midfield and Matthews and Waines were relentless in winning back possession and building attacks. Waddington burst through from midfield and had the goal at his mercy but after a great save from the keeper the ball fell to Orr whose follow up was missed. That was a real chance to go 3-0. Still York kept up the pressure with Sam Parris now deployed on the wing making great inroads into the danger areas.
Leeds to their credit never gave up and a fine shot was saved by Alder but the follow-up was tapped in to make it all to play for with 10mins remaining. However it was York who looked the likelier to score as Daly hit the side netting and Parris then flashed a shot across the goal. Some resolute defending was needed to see the game out and finish off what was a great performance from York in a high quality contest that was very pleasing to watch.
Next week York head up north to Newcastle for their first Champions Cup game before returning home for the next league game against East Riding.
Scores: Gorczyczewski x 2