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By Ian Appleyard | 18th December 2018

City's Under-19s will be seeking a third consecutive victory on Wednesday afternoon when they host Carlisle United in the National League Under-19 Alliance.

The youngsters, meanwhile, have been drawn against current holders Chester in the quarterfinals of the League Cup. The tie will be played on Wednesday January 16 at Wigginton Road (kick-off 2pm).

MATCH REPORTS:
Romulus FC 3 York City 5 (5/12/18)

Striker Kiari Ventura scored a hat-trick as City won 5-3 at Romulus FC in the third round of the National League Under-19 Alliance League Cup.
The team had been re-instated to the competition after second round opponents Salford City fielded an ineligible player.
Youth team manager Tim Ryan was delighted with the performance against Birmingham-based Romulus whose senior team play in the Midland League Premier Division
“It was a brilliant performance and the first time since I have arrived that the lads really showed what we have been working on the training ground,” he said. “There was a lot more urgency, better organisation, and we did the right things at the right times."
Aston Harrison and substitute Ethan Henderson were also on target as City took a 4-0 lead in the game but they were pegged back in the second half.
“We were 4-0 up and if we had come away with a clean sheet it would have been a good professional performance,” he said. “ But, credit to Romulus, they had a couple of lads who are playing at Evo-Stik south level and they came back late in the game and put a lot of pressure on.  We weathered that pressure and, overall, the lads were brilliant.”
Commenting on striker Ventura, Ryan said:  “Over the last few weeks, his work-rate has been setting the standard for the rest of the team.
“His work rate doesn’t always get the rewards it deserves but, it did on this occasion, and afterwards he felt it was the hardest he had worked in a game.
“He knows he has still got a lot to work to do but he is an honest kid who turns up every day with a smile on his face and, hopefully, we can progress him as a player.”

City (V Romulus): Whitley; Cawthorn, Rogerson (C), Watson; Whitfield; D.Jackson, Evans, W.Jackson (Stuart 87), Dixon; Ventura (Overton 65), A.Harrison (Henderson 55).

FC Halifax Town 2 York City 3 (12/12/18)

Winger Charlie Jebson-King scored an injury-time winner as City came from behind to win 3-2 at FC Halifax Town in the National League U19 Youth Alliance.

Halifax led 2-1 with just two minutes to play but substitute Ethan Henderson equalised in the 88th minute and Jebson-King struck with a half volley from 15 yards in the fourth minute of added time.

Youth team manager Tim Ryan felt the team's fitness was a key factor in the victory.

"The fitness levels from our lads were superior, they work on their fitness and strength and conditioning two or three times a week and we are now starting to reap the benefits," he said.

"Halifax were well organised and they gave everything for 90 minutes but they were flat on their backs to lose in the 94th minute.

"It's been a good few weeks. The lads are buzzing and it was important to follow-up the Cup victory at Romulus with a victory in the league," he said.

"The reaction from the lads after the winning goal was fantastic. We had a 20-man huddle and it showed that we are all in it together. 

"Since I have been here, Dan Wilson (Head of Youth) and I have been trying to build a work ethic and a team ethic.

"We speak daily with Sam Collins and we are trying, as a youth team, to replicate the work of the first team so when players get asked to step up and train with the first team, they are better prepared.

"The lads are starting to take everything on board now. They set the standard in the Cup win at Romulus – by doing the right things at the right times - and now we have to replicate that on a consistent basis. If we do that, they have a better chance of getting in and around the first team environment."

City (V FC Halifax Town): Whitley; Cawthorn (C), Rogerson, Watson; Whitfield; Evans, W.Jackson (Overton 75), Binsley (Henderson 60), Jebson-King; A.Harrison, Ventura. Subs: Teale, Stuart, Haigh.

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