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Academy season round-up

15th January 2020

After starting 2020 with a convincing victory over Halifax Town, the young Minstermen sit third in the U19 National Alliance League with games in hand on the teams above.

Under the guidance of Tim Ryan and Dan Wilson City have lost just once in the league all season – a 2-1 home defeat to Chester in September.

The City youngsters have been in free-scoring form, averaging over three goals a game in the league after hitting 21 in the six matches they’ve played.

York’s biggest victory in the league so far came in a 6-1 demolition of Alfreton Town – a score line matched in the cup success at Mansfield Town.

Ryan’s side have been largely solid at the back too, boasting the second-best defensive record in the division after conceding just six goals so far this campaign.

The young Minstermen have found success in cup competition too - after dispatching of Mansfield in the first round of the National League U19 Alliance Cup, City were drawn at home to Carlisle United.

The game finished 2-2 at Bootham Crescent but goalkeeper Jake Teale saved two penalties in the shootout to ensure City progressed to the round of 16, where they will play Halifax Town.

Teale also produced shootout heroics in the National Cup after a 1-1 draw with Chesterfield – three saves from the ‘keeper saw City advance to the second round.

The FA Youth Cup proved to be a fruitless endeavour for York’s youngsters though as a 3-2 defeat to Guiseley dumped Ryan’s side out of the competition in the second qualifying round.

Brandon Finn bagged a brace in the recent win over Halifax at Wigginton Road, equalling Luke Jones’ tally of seven for the season – no player has scored more for the young Minstermen this campaign.

The attentions of Ryan’s side were due to turn to the round of 16 tie with Halifax today, as they looked to book a place in the quarterfinals, however this game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Looking ahead, January 29th will be an important date on the young Minstermen’s calendar as they travel to table-toppers AFC Fylde with the hope of narrowing the gap to the league leaders.



Article by Oliver Green.

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