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Ten man City fight back for point

26th March 2019
Match Result
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FC United of Manchester
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York City
Broadhurst Park
Tuesday 26th Mar - 19:45

Ten man City produced a spirited second half fightback to salvage a 3-3 draw against FC United of Manchester.

Midfielder Adriano Moke was sent off just before the interval following two bookable offences in the space of three minutes.

City had been trailing 2-1 at that stage and fell further behind immediately after the re-start when Kurt Willoughby converted from close-range.

Goals from substitute Wes York (72) and striker Macaulay Langstaff (77) dramatically rescued a point, however, for the Minstermen.

Manager Steve Watson made two changes to his side with striker Alex Kempster and centreback Hamza Bencherif replacing Jordan Burrow and the injured David Mirfin.

Sean Newton wore the captain's armband as Burrow started on the bench.

City fell behind after just nine minutes when FC United midfielder Dale Whitham rose to head Jack Banister's corner past goalkeeper Adam Bartlett.

Kempster tested goalkeeper Andy Fisher at his near post before a second FC United corner saw Don McHale head wide of the City goal.

City were back on level terms in the 29th minute when Langstaff ran into a ball from Moke and fired an angled drive beyond goalkeeper Fisher.

However, it took just eight minutes for Whitham to restore the home side's advantage.

Again, the goal stemmed from a corner; City initially defended the set-piece but allowed United to penetrate again down the right-hand side. The ball reached Whitham on the edge of the box and the midfielder drilled his shot to the right of Bartlett.

City's evening looked to be going from bad to worse in the closing minutes of the first half when Moke collected two yellow cards in quick succession and was ordered off the field by referee Sam Mulhall.

Moke had fouled Banister on halfway in the 43rd minute and, with less than a minute of stoppage time to play, he tripped winger McHale, again on halfway.

Burrow replaced Parkin and City adopted a 4-4-1 formation at the start of the second half.

But Willoughby extended United's advantage in the 48th minute - hooking a cross from Banister past Bartlett from close-range - which left City facing an even stiffer task.

Burrow tested Fisher with a header and the United goalkeeper also beat away an angled shot from Paddy McLaughlin as City looked for a way back into the game.

With 18 minutes to play, substitute York reduced the deficit to 3-2 with a diving header after Langstaff's initial shot from 15 yards bounced back off the bar.

Langstaff then grabbed his second goal of the game to equalise five minutes later - hooking the ball past Fisher after Burrow had helped on a freekick by Burgess.

Ten-man City might even have won it in the closing stages but York opted to run at the centre of the defence when Burgess was unmarked to his right and the chance was lost.

In the final seconds, City broke away after defending a United freekick but, with the goalkeeper hopelessly out of position, Burgess was ruled offside after running onto a pass from York.

York City: Bartlett; Griffiths, Bencherif, Newton (C), Ferguson; McLaughlin, Moke, Burgess; Langstaff, Parkin (Burrow HT), Kempster (York 58). Unused substitutes: Tait, Dyer, Whitley.

FC United of Manchester: Fisher; Morton, O'Halloran, Mohammed, Lynch, Winter, Banister, Whitham (Wallen 90+2), Willoughby (C), Myers (Sharp 81), McHale (Donohue 75). Unused substitutes: Donohue, Peers, Harris.

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Attendance: 1670

Bookings:  Moke, Ferguson, Newton (City), O'Halloran (United)

Sent-off: Moke (second bookable offence)


FC United: Whitham 9, 37, Willoughby 48

City: Langstaff 29, 77, York 72


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