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City lose semi-final on penalties

By Ian Appleyard | 5th March 2019
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(Scarbro' win 3-0 on pens) Flamingo Land Stadium
Tuesday 5th Mar - 19:45

City exited the North Riding Senior Cup tonight after suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat in the semifinal against Scarborough Athletic.

Manager Steve Watson had made six changes against the Evo-Stik League Premier Division Scarborough and included teenagers Ryan Whitley and Nathan Dyer.

The game ended goalless after 90 minutes and went straight to the lottery of penalties. 

Scarborough goalkeeper Tommy Taylor saved City's first penalty from Jordan Burrow before Alex Harris and Joe Tait blazed their efforts over the crossbar.

Scarborough put away their first three penalties (James Walshaw, Wayne Brooksby, Ross Killock) to win 3-0 in the shoot-out and progress to the final.

The home side created, arguably, the better openings in the first half with Whitley pulling off key saves to deny Brooksby from a tight angle and Walshaw after a long clearance by goalkeeper Taylor.

City's only real opportunity had fallen to Harris just before the interval but the former Hibernian winger shot into the side-netting after a running onto a precision pass from Scott Burgess.

Things improved in the second half with City enjoying more of the ball in the final third of the field.

However, clear-cut opportunities remained in short supply. Harris ballooned a shot over the bar from the edge of the box and a Kempster effort was blocked by Jack Johnson.

A late corner from Ferguson put Taylor under pressure on his goalline but the Boro goalkeeper did well to hold onto the ball.

Around 500 City supporters attended the game at the Flamingo Land Stadium and the attendance of 1608 was the biggest for a North Riding Senior Cup tie with the exception of finals.

City: Whitley, Dyer, Ferguson, Bradbury, Tait, Burgess, Moke (Henderson 73), Law, Harris, Burrow, Kempster. Unused substitutes: Rogerson, Jebson-King, A.Harrison, Teale.

Scarborough Athletic: Taylor, Johnson (Gooda 67), Merris, Dean, Killock, Burgess (Davie 86), Valentine, Forrester, Walshaw, Coulson (Cadman 57), Brooksby. Unused substitutes: Morgan, Annan.

Referee: Sam Packer

Attendance: 1608

Bookings: Davie, Dean (Scarborough)

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