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Durkin hattrick helps dominant victory

7th March 2022

A Shannon Durkin hattrick, a brace from Rebecca Hunt and goals from Sophie Tinson and Ellie Hall helped City to a dominant victory.

York were fast out the blocks looking to assert their dominance from the off.

Within the opening ten minutes City had three attempts on goal, Milly Ash was first to see an effort hit the side netting, Hunt then had a strike taken by the keeper and moments later she headed a Rebecca Fevers corner onto the post.

In the 13th minute Hunt had the ball in the back of the net but the flag denied her opening the scoring, the first of a number of offsides over the course of the afternoon.

In the 20th minute the pressure told, and Hunt gave York the lead, a composed finish beat the keeper from just inside the box.

Five minutes later City had their second, Ash who was a constant threat overlapping from left-back got in behind the visitors’ defence before laying the ball on a plate for Durkin to side foot home and double York’s advantage.

Hunt again had the ball in the back of the net in the 32nd minute heading beyond the keeper but once more the offside flag denied her.

With little over five minutes before the break the Minsterbelles added their third demonstrating their dominance, Hunt the scorer again, another calm and composed finish.

City were in no mood to stop the scoring at three, again they came out strongly in the second half.

In the opening minute of the half Durkin netted her second, sliding the ball under the keeper at the second time of asking.

Less than five minutes later Durkin had her hattrick, a quick-fire double. A fantastic pass from Fevers was controlled by the forward before she fired low into the bottom corner.

In the 67th minute York turned to the bench for the first time making a triple change, Holly Findlay, Hunt and Durkin were all replaced by Caitlin Gough, Sophie Tinson and Ellie Hall.

It didn’t take long for the substitutes to get into the action, four minutes after the changes Hall looked to have scored the sixth but the flag went up again ruling it out.

York wouldn’t have to wait long for the sixth however, in the 74th minute substitute Tinson got her customary goal, a powerful strike which the keeper couldn’t keep out despite getting a hand to it.

Tinson had two more attempts to increase the lead in the 75th minute and 78th minute respectively, the first a follow up which came back off the upright after the keeper had denied Ash, the second drew a one-handed save from the keeper who claimed at the second attempt.

In the 86th minute York bagged their seventh, Hall the scorer, finishing off a brilliant passing move that saw City open up the visitors impressively.

As the game ticked towards the 90th minute Millmoor had a rare foray forward and were awarded a penalty which was calmly converted to reduce the deficit slightly.

City had time for two more chances, captain Nikki Brown volleyed narrowly over from ten yards and Tinson hit the same post again with the keeper beaten as York continued to attack at will.

The win puts York into the next round of the League Cup where they will travel to Hull United Ladies.

However, next up for the Minsterbelles is a return to league action away at Wakefield AFC on Tuesday the 15th, kick off 7:45pm.

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