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City beat Boro to stay unbeaten

By Bradley Saxton | 27th July 2021
Match Result
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LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 27th Jul - 19:00

The Minstermen produced an impressive performance as they came from behind to beat Championship side Middlesbrough 2-1 at the LNER Community Stadium.

Dael Fry gave Neil Warnock’s side the lead with a smart header, before goals from Mackenzie Heaney and Mark Beck gave York the lead at half-time. In the second half and for the second game in succession, Peter Jameson kept out a penalty with a fine save, preventing the Championship side from levelling the game.

Before kick-off City had enjoyed an unbeaten start so far in pre-season, including wins over Whitby Town and Newcastle United, as well as a 1-1 draw with Sunderland last Wednesday.

The visitors started the game as the stronger side, taking the lead after only six minutes on the clock. Fry rose highest to head home a dangerous Paddy McNair free kick free the right-hand side into the top-right corner beyond Jameson.

The away side went close to doubling their lead after 12 minutes when Jameson did brilliantly to tip a goal-bound header from Jamie Paterson onto the crossbar, following an attacking move involving Uche Ikpeazu and Jonny Howson.

Ikpeazu drilled an effort wide of Jameson’s left-hand post after 16 minutes before Matt Crooks’ attempted lob over the York goalkeeper was kept out by a late Matty Brown interception.

The Minstermen levelled the scores after 24 minutes through Heaney, when he volleyed home into the bottom-left corner from twenty yards out, after Middlesbrough failed to clear away a dangerous Scott Barrow cross.

Crooks had another chance to give Middlesbrough the lead once again after the half hour mark, but he couldn’t make a connection with the ball from a McNair delivery on the right byline.

The Minstermen went in search for their second goal, keeping the Middlesbrough defence on their toes. Michael Duckworth tested Middlesbrough goalkeeper Joe Lumley into a save from long-range, before Heaney fired a right-footed effort over the bar moments later.

The pressure paid off as York took the lead with six minutes to go before half-time when Beck, on his first start for the club after signing on loan from Harrogate Town, used his height to head home a Barrow cross from the left from six yards out.

Into the second half, the visitors earnt themselves a penalty after 58 minutes as Trialist A fouled Ikpeazu in the penalty area. McNair stepped up from twelve yards, but Jameson kept out his effort out with a fine stop using his legs.

City had appeals for a penalty themselves waived away by referee Ross Joyce after 67 minutes when Duckworth went over in the penalty under a challenge, after he did brilliantly to turn a defender and make a dangerous run into the Middlesbrough penalty area.

York sub Kurt Willoughby sent a 25 yard free kick straight into the wall with fifteen minutes left to go minutes before Middlesbrough substitute Josh Coburn couldn’t direct a Djed Spence cross goal bound, after an inviting cross in from the right.

Willoughby nearly stunned the fans at the LNER Community Stadium with only three minutes left on the clock when he produced an acrobatic effort from a Duckworth cross, but he couldn’t quite angle his shot on target as the ball rolled out for a goal kick.

City held on for victory, as they extend their unbeaten run so far in pre-season. They will look for another victory when they travel to Ingfield next Tuesday (7:00pm kick off) as they set to take on Northern Premier League Division One East side Ossett United in another pre-season friendly.


York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Trialist A, Brown, Barrow (Degruchy 71), Dyson (Trialist C 67), Wright, McLaughlin, Heaney (Woods 61), Trialist B, Beck (Willoughby 61).

Unused Subs: Whitley, Jones, Trialist D.


Middlesbrough: Lumley (Stojanovic 64), Dijksteel (Peltier 64), Hall (Bamba 64), Fry (Wood 64), McNair (Robinson 64), Howson (Hackney 64), Crooks (Malley 64), Morsy (Coburn 64), Spence, Paterson (Jones 46), Ikpeazu (Akpom 61).


Attendance: 2,014 (+ 8.9k peak viewers on YouTube Livestream)

Referee: Ross Joyce

Man of the Match: ‘Trialist A’

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