U18’s – Doncaster Rovers 1 -1 Bradford City – Saturday 30th January 2016

Our U18s unbeaten start to 2016 continued this Saturday when we earned a deserved point away to Doncaster Rovers, with a 1-1 draw at Cantley Park.

Having entered the game 5th in the Youth Alliance League (North East), just two points above Doncaster Rovers in 6th place, it was as entertaining as predicted with both sides creating many chances.

We took the lead on 25 minutes when Sumali Cissa converted from the penalty spot but Rovers levelled the score just after the hour mark, after a long goal kick, and clever chip beat Hallwood in goal.

Despite the wind and hail that created difficult playing conditions at times, both sides had their efforts. Kwame Boateng’s free kick was well caught by the goalkeeper and Niah Payne did extremely well down the left wing, creating several in the opening 15 minutes. Our first chance was punched behind by the goalkeeper and the second, saw Cissa’s cross well cleared by the defence.

Moments later the home side were awarded a corner. The initial kick was too long for those waiting in the box and our defence managed to break with Payne, who surpassed four defenders on his charging run before the ball was put behind for another corner.

We broke the deadlock through a Sumaili Cissa penalty after he was brought down by the Doncaster goalkeeper. Having capitalised on Doncaster’s poor clearance, James Sunderland’s block bounced into the path of Cissa, who beat his defender before being brought down in the box.

As Doncaster’s goalkeeper became injured during the tackle, it gave Cissa the time to compose himself before thumping the ball straight into the top right-hand corner, sealing his second goal in three games.

We were awarded two free-kicks in quick succession on 30 minutes. Luca Mellor’s first effort forced a low save from the Doncaster goalkeeper and the clearance from his second bounced off Cissa, back to Mellor who teed up Payne for curling effort that went just over the bar.

Like the first half, the home side started strongly. Despite our defence coping well with Doncaster’s efforts they managed to find the equaliser on 54 minutes. Their goalkeeper’s kick provided the perfect assist to the forward who chased the ball and cleverly chipped it over Hallwood in net.

The high-tempo continued throughout the game, with both sides nearly finding a winner in the last ten minutes. Hallwood pulled off a fantastic save to tip the ball onto the post on 39 minutes and Cissa came close to scoring his second of the game in the dying minutes but both his shots were kept out. HIs first strike was cleared by Doncaster defence and the keeper made a good save to deny the rebound.

Next week we are at home to Oldham Athletic (6th February 2016) 11.00am k/o – At – West Riding West Riding County Football Association, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX.


  1. Chandler Hallwood
  2. Jack Lazenby ( Reece Powell 72’)
  3. Tom Windle
  4. Alex Laird
  5. Kesi Omulokun
  6. Kwame Boateng
  7. Ville Moilanen
  8. Luca Mellor ©
  9. Niah Payne
  10. Sumaili Cissa
  11. James Sunderland (Casey Taglione 60’).

By Sinead Cunningham

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