After retaining our Youth Alliance (North East) title in the 2014/15 Campaign and having a successful pre-season, we welcomed York City to Woodhouse Grove School on Saturday.
Despite York winning the toss, we were quick to attack and won a free kick in the first minute. First year Scholar, Ellis Hudson, took the free kick but it was comfortably dealt with by the York defence.
Following that, we continued to press and had the majority of possession. Luca Mellor’s long ball in the 5th minute found Niah Payne who skipped past the defender and crossed to Reece Webb-Foster, whose header narrowly missed the target.
Kwame Boateng’s through ball found Webb-Foster in the 12th minute but his attempt went just wide. Webb-Foster’s effort minutes later was saved and the clearance was met by Payne, who’s shot was again, saved by the goalkeeper.
Our hard work was rewarded in the 26th minute when Webb-Foster stole the ball from the York defender. After his first attempt was saved, he had the time and the space to chip the ball over the goalkeeper to take us into the lead.
Just two minutes later we doubled our lead. GK, Chandler Hallwood’s long ball bounced just outside the box to Webb-Foster who again, floated the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
We continued to dominate possession, good link up play from Curtis Peters and Niah Payne found Webb-Foster whose shot was centimetres away from him completing his hat trick. Defender Luca Mellor’s half volley went over the bar and Ellis Hudson’s strike on 38 minutes was well saved by the goalkeeper.
Although we were controlling the game, York were awarded a penalty a minute later when their player was brought down in the box. They scored to make it 2-1 just before half time.
The up-beat tempo continued in the second half. Niah Payne restored our two-goal advantage in the 55th minute when his long-range effort found the back of the net.
A mix up between our goalkeeper and defence allowed the visitors to bring the score to 3-2 just after the hour mark and U16 Casey Taglione, who has scored in his every U18s appearance, scored our fourth goal in the last few minutes of the game.
Overall, it was a comfortable and pleasing opening performance by the group. Next week, we are away to Chesterfield and hope to continue our positive start. (11am K/O at Staveley MW, Inkersall Road, Chesterfield, S43 3JL)
1)Chandler Hallwood (2nd year)
2)Kwame Boateng (1st Year)
3)Sam Wright (U16)
4)Luca Mellor © (2nd year)
5)Kesi Omolokun (2nd year)
6)Curtis Peters (1st year)
7)Niah Payne (1st year)
8)Danny Devine (2nd year)
9)Reece Webb-Foster (2nd year)
10)Sumaili Cissa (2nd year)
11)Ellis Hudson (1st year)
13)George Kenworthy (u16)
14) Giovanni Landu (2nd year) (came on for Reece Webb-Foster on 70 minutes)
16) Reece Powell (U16) (came on for Sumaili Cissa on 83 minutes)
17) Casey Taglione (U16) (came on for Ellis Hudson on 70 minutes)