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Youth Team continue unbeaten start

By Bradley Saxton | 11th November 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was pleased with how his side dug deep as they came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Darlington in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.

After falling behind in the 10th minute, the Young Minstermen bounced back and secured all three points, courtesy of two goals from defender Lewis Cunningham at Bedford Terrace.

Speaking after the full-time whistle in Billingham, Ryan commented on how pleasing it was for his side that they found a way to win the game in what proved to be tough conditions in the North East.

“I thought our performance was alright, it was very similar to last week,” said Ryan.

“Once again they were a good and competitive side and it was an evenly matched game.

“It was a difficult surface for both sides out there today, which kind of hindered how we wanted to play the game which was through the midfield.

“The conditions kind of enticed us to go longer at times, but today was one of them where you find ways to win games.

“You come to different surfaces and different environments every week and you need to find ways to win games and I thought we did that well today with the goals.

“Teams that I have managed at York in the past haven’t managed to master that, so the more the lads are developing and learning how to deal with these certain pitches and conditions in these different stadiums is really pleasing for me.”

Both goals from the Minstermen were scored from set-pieces, something which pleased Ryan as he said his side had learned how to execute them having scored many from similar situations so far this season.

“It’s something that we do work on, but it’s not something that we overkill the lads with” Ryan added.

“We’ve got a few set-piece routines set in place, so the lads know how to execute them regardless of whatever formation we play or whatever personnel we choose to play.

“It was nice for Lewis (Cunningham) today because he worked hard and deserved his two goals to win us the game.

“It’s always brilliant to score from a set-piece, but it’s even more pleasing for Lewis to score both of them this afternoon.

“He was one of the young lads to travel with the first team last night to Leamington alongside Michael (Hogan) and Jonny (Haase), so it’s been a quick turnaround for these lads and I thought he was brilliant today”.

The U19’s are back in National League Alliance U19 Academy North action next Wednesday when they welcome Chesterfield to Wigginton Road (1pm kick off), as they look to maintain their unbeaten start in the league.

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