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Two late goals secure win at Farsley

By Bradley Saxton | 30th April 2022
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The Citadel
Saturday 30th Apr - 15:00

Two late goals helped the Minstermen secure a 2-0 win against Yorkshire rivals Farsley Celtic. 

Goals from Clayton Donaldson and Lenell John-Lewis ensured the Minstermen secured back-to-back victories at the Citadel as they strenthened their chances of securing a playoff postition in the National League North. 

With only three league games remaining of the season, York knew that victory against their Yorkshire rivals would only strengthen their ambition of securing a playoff spot.

City came into this fixture off the back of Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at Chester FC and John Askey was hoping his side could secure back-to-back victories against a Farsley side struggling near the bottom of the National League North table.

Askey made two changes from the side that secured three points in Cheshire in midweek. Clayton Donaldson and Kurt Willoughby both returned to the starting eleven, as Jack McKay and Lenell John-Lewis dropped to the bench.

Matty Brown also returned to the match-day squad as he was named on the bench, after the defender missed Tuesday’s game at Chester through injury.

Former York City manager Russ Wilcox was in the opposition dugout and he was hoping his side could return to winning ways after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Chester FC last weekend.

Wilcox’s side came into this fixture sat four points clear of the relegation zone and he was hoping his side could get a win which would further themselves further away from the drop zone.

The home side thought they had taken an immediate lead at the Citadel after only two minutes as the home side put the ball in the back of the net through Frank Mulhern, but the linesman deemed the Farsley man offside and the goal was ruled out.

City went close through Maxim Kouogun minutes later as headed narrowly wide of goal from a corner, before an ambitious effort from Mulhern nearly caught Peter Jameson well of his line for Farsley, but his effort flew narrowly over the bar from 35-yards out.

Akil Wright tested Farsley goalkeeper David Robson into a low-save with an effort on goal from distance after 24 minutes, before Maziar Kouhyar was denied by Robson from a tight angle moments later, after the winger met a cross into the penalty area from Willoughby at the far post.

The visitors continued to threaten as Mitch Hancox’s header was cleared off the line by Farsley defender Adam Clayton, before Mulhern went close again for the home side as he saw his free-kick from outside the penalty area narrowly fly over Jameson’s crossbar.

Willoughby curled the ball narrowly over the bar for City moments before the half-time interval, but neither side could find a cutting edge in what proved to be a tight first half in West Yorkshire.

The home side started the second-half brightly and they nearly broke the deadlock through Jimmy Spencer almost immediately after the restart, but Scott Barrow got across the penalty area well to deflect his effort out for a corner, before Hancox was required to clear the resulting corner in off his own line as the ball was met by the head of a green shirt.

Kouhyar sent a left-footed strike well wide of goal after Farsley had failed to clear the ball away from a long-throw into the area by Barrow, before Spencer managed to put the ball out of the ground for the home side with an effort on goal after the home side hit City on the counter-attack.

The deadlock was finally broken with fifteen minutes to go as Donaldson bundled the ball home from a tight angle on the left-hand side. After making the most of a defensive mistake at the back from the home side, he raced clear through on goal before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper into the back of the net for his first goal in thirteen games.

Things got better for the Minstermen as they doubled their lead with only four minutes to go as a long-ball forward by City wasn’t dealt with by Farsley left back Will Hayhurst. Kouhyar closed him down and won the ball back before laying the ball centrally for John-Lewis, who remained calm and composed as he rolled the ball into the bottom-right corner beyond Robson for his second goal in succesive league games. 

City held on for all three points and secured another clean sheet as they remain in sixth position in the National League North table.

The Minstermen's attentions now turn to Monday afternoon when they entertain AFC Fylde at the LNER Community Stadium, knowing a victory will secure themselves a spot in the playoffs (3pm kick-off). 


Farsley Celtic: Robson (GK), Digie, Butroid (Drake 51’) (Greaves 83’), Clayton, Syers (C), Gratton, Turner, Spencer, Hayhurst, Mulhern, Parkin

Unused Subs: Trenerry, Ingham, Malumo

Goals: N/A


York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson, Sanders, Kouogun, Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (C), Hancox (John-Lewis 72’), Kouhyar, Willoughby (Brown 87'), Donaldson

Unused Subs: Campbell, Woods, McKay

Goals: Donaldson (75’), John-Lewis (86’)


Referee: James Westgate

Man of the Match: Akil Wright

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