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York City beat Premier League Newcastle

By Bradley Saxton | 18th July 2021
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LNER Community Stadium
Sunday 18th Jul - 14:00

Michael Duckworth scored three minutes from time to hand the Minstermen an impressive 1-0 victory over Premier League side Newcastle United at the LNER Community Stadium in a pre-season friendly.

The Minstermen right back rose highest to head home his first goal for the club since his return last summer, as Newcastle failed to break down a resilient and spirited York side.

Supporters were in attendance for their first game at the new stadium, with a crowd of 2,000 fans cheering on the players against a team including the likes of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin.

Steve Watson opted to name a strong starting eleven following last weekend’s 2-1 pre-season win over Whitby Town. He handed starts to goalkeeper Ryan Whitley and striker Kurt Willoughby, who both didn’t feature against the Northern Premier side, whilst Mackenzie Heaney was also handed a start after joining the club last week. 

The away side enjoyed early spells of possession and it was Steve Bruce’s side who thought they had taken the lead after eight minutes. Young defender Kell Watts headed in at the far post from a corner that wasn’t cleared by the Minstermen, but his effort was ruled out for offside by the linesman.

They had another opportunity to break the deadlock when Ryan Frazer found himself clear through on goal after a lovely threaded through ball in by early substitute Dwight Gayle, but his lifted effort went over the head of Whitley and went out of play via the outside of the post.

It took City 22 minutes to test goalkeeper Dan Langley into his first save of the game when Duckworth found himself in space to shoot on the edge of the area, and the 6ft 7inch goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to divert his effort out for a corner.

Just after the half-hour mark, Whitley had to make himself big to deny Jacob Murphy’s powerful header at the far post, before Patrick McLaughlin was in the right place at the right time to divert a low Callum Wilson shot over the bar out for a corner.

Great play from Kurt Willoughby just before half time on the right wing nearly created the game’s first goal, as he sent in a dangerous ball in to Mackenzie Heaney, who headed inches wide of Langley’s right hand post.

Early into the second half, Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie had a free-kick blocked by a City wall of defenders, before being fortunate to not find themselves a goal down when they allowed a header back across goal from a home corner, which went just wide of the post.

On the hour mark, Watson made three changes with Jason Gilchrist, Trialist D and Michael Woods all coming on for the Minstermen and the changes nearly immediately worked as Woods and Gilchrist combined down the left wing before finding the Don Trialist with a pull back, but his side-footed effort was blocked and cleared away from danger.

As both sides started to make several substitutions, Newcastle took control of possession and had a couple of really good efforts to take the lead. They were close to being handed the lead when Olly Dyson nearly headed in his own goal, but Whitley was alert to quickly tip his header over the bar before Watts was unlucky to not get onto the end of a low driven cross from the right by Federico Fernandez.

Gayle also missed a good opportunity for Newcastle as he found himself unmarked from an in-swinging Ritchie corner, before heading wide of Whitley’s right-hand post. Then Josh King did brilliantly to block a fierce Saint-Maximin effort out for a corner on the counter attack. 

The Minstermen nearly won the game with four minutes on the clock when Scott Barrow found himself in space 20 yards out from goal, he turned to shoot on his right foot, but his effort was deflected and nearly rolled into the bottom corner.

The Minstermen found the game’s winning goal though with three minutes to go when Duckworth rose highest on the edge of the area to head home Barrow’s right footed cross, which stunned the Premier League opposition.  

The game finished 1-0 in favour of City, ensuring the Minstermen remain unbeaten so far in pre-season. Steve Watson’s side will enjoy another tough test on Wednesday evening when they welcome League One side Sunderland to the LNER Community Stadium ahead of the new campaign.


York City: Whitley, Duckworth, King, Newton (Brown 45), Barrow, Dyson (Trialist B 74), Wright (Woods 59), McLaughlin, Heaney (Trialist D 59), Don Trialist (Trialist C 79), Willoughby (Gilchrist 59)

Unused Subs: Trialist A, Degruchy, Whitfield, Jones


Newcastle United: Langley, Watts, Lascelles (Lewis 45), Fernandez (Dummett 68), Ritchie, Murphy, Hayden, Hendrick (M.Longstaff 59), Frazer (S.Longstaff 59), Wilson (Saint-Maximin 45), Joelington (Gayle 18, Muto 79)

Unused Subs: Thompson, Clark


Attendance: 2,000 (+ over 44,000 virtual views on YouTube)

Referee: Rebecca Welch

Man of the Match (chosen by Reel Production Group): Patrick McLaughlin

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