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Youth team hold Guiseley to draw

By Bradley Saxton | 19th January 2022

The U19’s came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Guiseley in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North at Nethermoor Park.

Max Ezard’s second-half screamer cancelled out Guiseley’s opener, which came from the penalty spot after half-an-hour. 

The hosts had two decent opportunities to take the lead in West Yorkshire after many spells of dominating possession. A left-footed free-kick was curled over the bar from just outside the area, before the Guiseley forward also fired over from close-range.

They were presented with another chance to break the deadlock after a mistake at the back by Lewis Cunningham, but Maison Campbell stood strong to deny the forward with a smart save with his legs after facing a 1v1 attack.

Guiseley took the lead after 30 minutes when Ben Dale handled the ball in the penalty area, which allowed the host’s to score low under Campbell from twelve yards to give them the lead.  

The best chance for City in the first-half fell to Cunningham, who tested the keeper with a free-kick from 30-yards out, but his low effort was easily saved by the Guiseley goalkeeper.

Josh Knowles went close to equalising the game for York four minutes into the second half, but after racing clear through on goal, he missed the target from close-range with a left-footed effort.

The equaliser came for York with twenty-four minutes of play remaining as Ezard made a brilliant break through the midfield, before firing a long-range effort from distance, which fizzled into the bottom-right corner below the Guiseley goalkeeper. 

City looked for a winner and they had a chance to take the lead through Kyle Lancaster, but he fired narrowly wide of goal after a brilliant counter-attack by the Minstermen.

Neither side could find a winner at Nethermoor Park, as both sides share the points. 

City will be back in National League Alliance U19 Academy North action next week when they travel to Derbyshire to take on Chesterfield. 


York City: Campbell (GK), McLoughlin, Dale, Cunningham, Haase, Algar, Ezard (Heaton 87’), Lancaster, Clayton, Knowles, Jones (Gordon 53’)

Unused Subs: Hogan, Pickles

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