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Ten man City U19s earn a late point

7th March 2020

Blake Drury scored in stoppage time to earn a point for ten man City away to Halifax.

Halifax went ahead after 20 minutes. A quick free kick caught City out, as the hosts took the lead against the run of play.

Before play kicked off again after the goal, Nathan Dyer was sent off for something that was said after a conversation with himself and the referee.

The ten men responded well though, with Ethan Henderson heading home a cross from the right to get City level.

It took until the 80th minute until Halifax retook the lead. A mistake at the back meant that the home side were able to work an opening, and the striker finished off the move from inside the area.

York didn’t give up though, and levelled up the game in injury time. A great bit of play from Oliver Jordan to first win the ball on the right and then put in a great cross, putting it on a plate for Drury who headed home from close range to get York a point.

Manager Tim Ryan said after the game: “It was a weird game really, but very pleased with the outcome. We played a long time with ten men, and the lads showed great character. We were down to the bare bones at the end, so to get a point at the end was really good.

“I spoke to Nathan about the red card and he thought was he said was quite light-hearted. The referee didn’t see it like that. For a young lad who’s trying to get as many minutes under his belt I feel it was quite harsh. He could have warned Nathan rather than send him straight off. I would have fully expected us to win the game with 11 men on the field.

“I still think that we were the better side even with ten men. We changed the shape slightly at half time to try and be more defensive. We went more attacking with 15 minutes to go but it cost us as they opened us up again. The main thing about today was the character that the lads showed, getting us a deserved equalizer.

“The lads will have the weekend off and then come back ready for a long journey away to Solihull, which again will be a tough game for the lads.”

 

Report by Jack Witham.

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