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Young City side beat Whitby on penalties

29th January 2020
Match Result
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Whitby Town
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York City
The Turnbull Ground
Tuesday 28th Jan - (3-4) on penalties

Ryan Whitley saved two spot-kicks as York progressed to the semi-finals of the North Riding Senior Cup via a penalty shootout against Whitby Town.

First half goals from Josh King and Dan Maguire had put City in control but a fightback from Whitby after the break saw them draw level, sending the cup tie to penalties.

It took City a few minutes to warm into the game on a bitterly cold evening on the Yorkshire coast, and they were very nearly punished for their sluggish start when Whitby forward Greg Rutherford pounced on a defensive error, but his shot flashed across the face of Whitley’s goal.

As the game approached the ten-minute mark, York’s first meaningful visit to the Whitby half would produce the opening goal.

A teasing Nathan Dyer cross from the right earned City a corner, and from the resulting set piece the ball broke to Will Jackson on the edge of the area, who saw his shot turned into the bottom corner by Josh King from close range.

King’s goal was his first in City colours since his progression from college football.

City’s young side grew in confidence after taking the lead with Tom Allan’s powerful drive forcing Bland into a good save.

As the half wore on though the hosts began to create a series of half-chances - Whitley had to be out quick to smother a Rutherford shot after he found a pocket of space in behind the City defence.

The bobbly playing surface at The Turnbull Stadium made quick, passing football incredibly difficult, but Whitby produced the best move of the game when Rutherford played a slick one-two with strike partner Luke Bythway, but he couldn’t keep his footing to get a shot away with Whitley advancing.

A misplaced pass in midfield then set Rutherford clean through again, but he took an age to get a shot away and Simon Heslop was able to execute an excellent last-ditch challenge.

Maguire was a peripheral figure for York for much of the first half, but in the final moments of opening 45 minutes he produced a moment of genius.

Patient City build-up involving Allan and Maguire on the edge of the Whitby area culminated in the latter swivelling and lofting a delightfully weighted left-footed chip over Bland into the top corner.

It would be Maguire’s last action of the game as he was replaced at half-time, with City heading into the interval with a two-goal advantage.

The scoreline was perhaps harsh on Whitby who controlled much of the first period, and the theme continued into the second half with Rutherford seeing another effort well blocked from close range.

The uneven surface would then cause Whitley problems with just over an hour played – he was unable to control a backpass on the edge of his area, allowing Whitby sub Paul Blackett to nick the ball but his weak effort was gathered by the retreating City stopper.

Moments later though Whitby would half the deficit – City failed to deal with a long ball down the middle and Blackett was quickest to react, rounding Whitley before slotting home from a tight angle.

Whitby pressed for an equaliser with striker Blackett looking dangerous, but City’s defence held firm as they edged towards the final whistle.

But Whitby’s onslaught continued and they were rewarded for their endeavours in the fifth minute of stoppage time – King blocked a header on the goal line but York were unable to clear, with Kieran Weledji bundling home a dramatic last-minute equaliser to send the game to penalties.   

Whitby converted the first spot-kick, before York’s Allan blasted his effort against the crossbar.

Whitley got a strong hand to Whitby’s second penalty but the ball squirmed into the bottom left, before King dispatched his penalty to keep York in touch.  

Whitley got down well to his right to save Whitby’s third spot-kick, with Will Jackson levelling the scores with his penalty.

Both sides converted their fourth kicks, before Whitley saved again, this time low to his left. 

Dom Jackson then scored City’s fifth and final penalty to send the Minstermen through to the last four of the competition.

Whitby Town: Bland, Kitchen, Horwood, Weledji, White, Sukar, Patton, Ropper, Hopson, Bythway (Blackett 57’), Rutherford (Rowe 79’)

Unused substitutes: M.Dixon, Gell, D.Dixon

York City: Whitley ©, Dyer, King, Heslop (Drury 67’), Allan, Jebson-King, Whitfield (Watson 45’), W.Jackson, Harrison, York, Maguire (D.Jackson 45’)

Attendance: 363

Man of the Match: Josh King (as chosen by Whitby Town sponsors)



Report by Oliver Green.

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