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U19s suffer first defeat of season

By Bradley Saxton | 18th November 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was disappointed with his side’s performance after they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chesterfield at Wigginton Road. 

Prior to kick off, the Young Minstermen had been unbeaten in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North, but they fell behind to an early goal from the visitors. A player was sent off for the away side minutes before Lewis Cunningham equalised for the Minstermen on the stroke of half-time with his third goal in two games, but a late winner from Chesterfield saw them snatch all three points.   

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan expressed his thoughts on his side’s performance which he described as “poor” and “very average”. 

“I thought that we were very poor today, I think our expectations have been a lot better than our performance today” said Ryan.  

“They (Chesterfield) came here and I thought that they outworked us and they never really gave us a chance to get settled on the ball.  

“We have a lot of young lads, nine of them are first-year scholars and my expectations are probably weighing on them a little bit, so I’m hoping today’s result is just a blip.  

“I say week-in-week-out that results are important, but it’s not just all about that. 

“The performance and individual performances are more important to me, but today I felt we were very average throughout all around.” 

The sending off created an opportunity for the Minstermen to control the game, but Ryan felt his side needed to be “braver on the ball” within the second half as they lost the game within the final fifteen minutes.   

“I’ve just been honest with them, you have to be honest with each other, but we all know that football is a really tough business” said Ryan.  

“The new interim manager (John Askey) came in yesterday to have a word with the lads and he outlined where we are currently as a National League North club and he explained that where we are now gives young players a chance.  

“As it was shown with the previous manager, there have been a few of them who have managed game time within the first-team, whilst a few more have been included on the bench.  

“We need people to be brave on the ball and we ended up playing against the physical side of the game. We decided to play route-one and not play the way we know that we can which is through the midfield and with the ball on the floor.  

Next week sees Ryan’s side travel to the North-East to take on South Shields in the First Round of the National League Academy Cup, where he will want his side to get one over them after getting knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by them last month.  

He went on to add “Whether it’s the Academy Cup or the league, we will treat any game the same way.  

“We will prepare the same way that we do for any game and we know that when we go up to South Shields next week, that it will be a very tough game again.  

“When we played them a month ago in the FA Youth Cup - even though it was the U18’s, I felt that it was one of our best performances this season and on the day we should have won the game comfortably. 

“We’ll go up there next week and hopefully we can get something from the game.  

“We’ll make sure that we set up right and try to look for ways to combat which will help us hopefully get the win.” 

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