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City win in FA Cup opener

By Bradley Saxton | 18th September 2021
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York City
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Hebburn Town
LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 18th Sep - 15:00

The Minstermen kicked off their Emirates FA Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Hebburn Town in the Second Qualifying Round at the LNER Community Stadium.

Michael Woods opened the scoring for the Minstermen after 17 minutes, before two goals from Clayton Donaldson in the second half sealed City’s place in the Third Qualifying Round.

City went into this fixture off the back of a two week break, following last Saturday’s postponement of their league game against Hereford. Steve Watson opted to field a strong side against their eighth-tier opposition, making only three changes from their 4-2 win over Farsley Celtic a fortnight ago.

Michael Duckworth and Josh King both returned from injury, whilst Mackenzie Heaney was also recalled to the starting eleven. Sam Fielding dropped to the bench, Paddy McLaughlin missed out through injury, whilst Jaden Charles also missed out after returning to Mansfield Town following the end of his loan spell.

2019/20 FA Vase winners Hebburn Town went into the fixture off the back of Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat away at Shildon, as they looked to book their place in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. They were looking to add another victory to their FA Cup run ,which saw them knock out Yorkshire Amateur and Ashton United in two previous rounds.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to Mark Beck, when he found a gap in behind the Hebburn defence, before sending a powerful low-effort across the face of goal and wide of Mark Foden’s left hand post.

Backed by just under 400 loud supporters, Hebburn started the game looking confident on the ball going forward. They had a brilliant chance to take the lead themselves, but Dylan Archer could only send his left-footed effort from range high of Peter Jameson’s goal.

Woods’ opened the scoring after 17 minutes when he slotted home from six yards out, after Foden failed to keep hold of Donaldson’s knock down at the back post, after a brilliant in-swinging cross in from the left-hand side.

The visitors had a brilliant chance to level the game only two minutes after falling behind, but Connor Bell fired well over after Jameson was forced into a save from distance from Archer.

The Minstermen thought they had doubled their lead on the half-hour mark, but the referee deemed the ball hadn’t crossed the line. Kurt Willoughby got the better of his man on the left, before crossing low to Donaldson, who’s thunderous effort was kept out by the crossbar.

City hit the woodwork again just before half time, this time through Olly Dyson. Willoughby won possession in midfield, before a series of passes from the home side fell to Dyson. His effort from the edge of the area hit the frame of Foden’s goal before the rebound went wide off target.

Steve Watson changed to a 4-4-2 formation at the break, as they looked to find a second goal, which they found eleven minutes into the second half.

Donaldson doubled the Minstermen’s lead after 56 minutes, when he rose highest to head home an in-swinging cross from Heaney on the right, guiding his header into the bottom-left corner beyond Foden.

Willoughby wasted a good opportunity to make it 3-0 with a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area after 76 minutes, before Donaldson twisted and turned in the penalty area before firing a weak effort into the hands of Foden.

Donaldson found his second of the afternoon after 84 minutes to make it 3-0 when he calmly slotted the ball under Foden from close-range, after being picked out by a brilliant through ball from Woods in the middle.

City saw out the game, sealing their place in the next round of the cup.

The draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup will be made this coming Monday, with the game set to take place in a fortnight’s time.

The Minstermen’s attentions will turn back to the league next weekend when they travel to the North-East to take on Darlington at Blackwell Meadows (3pm kick off).



York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson, Brown (C), King, Duckworth, Woods, Wright, Heaney, Donaldson, Beck (Fielding 46’), Willoughby

Unused Subs: Campbell, Cunningham, Haase, Knowles, Jones, Hopper

Goals: Woods (17’), Donaldson (56’, 84’)


Hebburn Town: Foden (GK), Groves (C), Aplin (Spence 59’), Carson, Donaghy, Devitt, Potter (Allasan 63’) , Archer, Bell, Martin (Richardson 80’), Purewal

Unused Subs: McLeod, Alshabeeb, Ogbewe, Hunter

Goals: N/A


Attendance: 1,648 (394 away supporters)

Referee: Matthew Bacon


Match Statistics

Shots on target: York: 6   Hebburn Town: 1

Shots off target:  York: 7   Hebburn Town: 3

Corners: : York: 3   Hebburn Town: 3

Offsides: York: 3   Hebburn Town: 1

Fouls: York: 9   Hebburn Town: 5

Yellow cards:  York: 0   Hebburn Town: 1

Red Cards: York: 0   Hebburn Town: 0


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