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Youth Team beat Blyth

By Bradley Saxton | 3rd December 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was happy with his side’s execution of set-pieces as the U19’s secured a 3-2 win over Blyth Spartans.

Goals from Jonny Shepherd, Jacob McLoughlin and Elliot Owen secured all three points for the Young Minstermen as they moved up to 3rd in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.

Speaking after the full time whistle at Cochrane Park, Ryan spoke in delight about his side’s set-piece deliveries, two in which helped them secure the win up in the North East.

“I’ve mentioned this before but the set-pieces worked well for us again today,” said Ryan.

“The first came from Lewis (Cunningham) arriving at the far post with Jonny (Shepherd) getting on the rebound and scoring the opener, before Elliot (Owen) got the winner with a header.

“Again the set-pieces have been very important for us, they’re something which we work on in training and we got joy once again this afternoon through two of our three goals coming from them.

Jacob (McLoughlin) deserves credit and his goal too today, it was from open play and he arrived late at the back post with a half-volleyed finish.”

Speaking on the game itself, Ryan thought his side played much better in the second half, with Jonny Shepherd being praised for his work-rate throughout the full ninety minutes.

Ryan added: “All in all, our first half performance was way below the standards that I set for them, I let them know my thoughts at half-time and we made some changes in personnel and I thought that the substitutes who came on really brightened us up and had a real emphasis on the game.

“It was a matter of getting someone up front, we started with a 4-3-3 with Jonny (Shepherd) up front on his own but he was a bit isolated. We changed it around and went two up top in the second half with Kieran (Clayton) joining him and I thought that we got on the front foot a lot more in their half.

“For Jonny, it was his first full 90 minutes in a very long time.

“He’s had bits and bobs which has meant he hasn’t got a solid run within the team, but I thought especially in the second half that he was excellent, he held the ball up really well which gave us an emphasis to get our foot in the game higher up.”

Touching on their opponents Blyth Spartans, Ryan showed praise towards them as they made it a very tough battle for the Young Minstermen.

“I thought they made it a very tough game out there for us, they’ve played a lot of top sides at our level and today they’ve done the exact same within games recording close results,” added Ryan.

“Their league position maybe is a bit false because today they were a good side, they gave it a go and made it hard for us at times.

“Today we grafted and dug deep especially in the second half and we put in a very good performance as we got what I would call a shady victory.”

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