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Young Minstermen bow out of Youth Cup

4th October 2019

York were unable to progress any further in the FA Youth Cup following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Guiseley at Bootham Crescent. Luke Jones and Reiss Harrison were both on the scoresheet, however it wasn’t enough for the young Minstermen as they exited the cup at the second qualifying round stage.

The game started slowly with neither team having major chances until the first Guiseley goal came. Nathan Newell swung a free kick in from the right-hand side and with a harsh deflection off Robbie Fox, the ball looped over Jake Teale and into the net.

Guiseley dominated the majority of the first half after going one up. Teale kept out Robbie Fox with a smart save and then Carlos Nunes had his goal bound shot blocked.

Just before half time, York should have equalised. Guiseley’s keeper Hagie Demba kicked the ball straight to Jones but with an open net to aim at 20 yards out, he put it wide.

Straight after the restart, Guiseley’s Adam Haw struck the bar from just outside the area.

With half an hour left to play, York got the equaliser. A mix up at the back between the Guiseley defenders allowed Jones to take the ball and calmly placed the ball into the net.

Shortly after York’s leveller, Guiseley regained their lead. Robbie Fox swung the ball in from the right-hand side and Newell headed home at the back post.

City captain Charlie Jebson-King almost scored from 40 yards with his effort going narrowly wide. Two minutes after, Guiseley made it 3-1 through Daniel Watson as City were caught pushing bodies forward.

Reiss Harrison got one back for York but it wasn’t enough and City’s FA Youth Cup journey ended over 90 minutes.

Youth Team manager Tim Ryan said after the game: “We were always in the game, but I thought they came here and did a job on us. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game. We’ve improved dramatically over the last two or three months and I hoped our players could get on top of their players, unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“I’m disappointed for the lads, it was a great chance for them to progress a bit further in the youth cup and get into the stages where the club is striving to get. I’m gutted we’re out and the lads are gutted as well.

“It’s time to now concentrate on the league and get as high as we can but we also want to progress players. The manager (Steve Watson) was there tonight and that was brilliant for us. We want to push as many players as we can towards the first team.”

 

 

Article by Jack Witham

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