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Academy win again on penalties

5th December 2019

Jake Teale yet again produced heroics in a penalty shoot-out as York progressed in the National League Academy Cup.

Luke Jones and Jack Wright were on the scoresheet during the game, as the game ended 2-2.

York went ahead just after 10 minutes. Charlie Jebson-King’s corner was missed by the goalkeeper, and Wright was there to head into an empty net to give York a great start.

Unfortunately, a nasty looking injury forced Jebson-King to be taken off with only 15 minutes played.

Carlisle then got themselves level on the half hour mark. Teale managed to save well from a fierce strike, but the ball fell kindly for Joe Malone who tapped it into an empty net.

There wasn’t many chances after that, however there was plenty of aggression, with both sides not being shy of a tackle. The teams went in at the break level.

Just two minutes into the second half and the away side took the lead. A slight mix up at the back allowed Marcus Giles to get a shot away inside the area, and into the bottom corner.

After that, York were the dominant side. With 20 minutes to go City equalised. Jones headed in a free kick from the left hand side of the box, with the keeping not getting near it.

Both sides had chances to win the game in normal time. First Jonny Shepard headed straight at the keeper, and up the other end, Teale pulled off a great save to send the game to penalties.

York scored their opening two penalties but Teale saved brilliantly down to his left to keep out Carlisle’s second. Shepard missed York’s third penalty, and Teale saved another one to give York a 2-1 lead after three penalties each.

Both teams scored their fourth spot kicks, giving skipper Archie Whitfield the chance to score the winning penalty again. His penalty was expertly taken, sending the keeper the wrong way to start the celebrations as City made it through.

Youth team manager Tim Ryan said after the game: “I’m absolutely delighted. Jake Teale yet again was superb, he saved another two penalties today and the lads were all over him, but it’s a whole team performance that get all the accolades. It was a brilliant performance and I’m well chuffed for everybody.

“With the way that Charlie (Jebson-King) has been playing then anyone would miss him. We had to rejig a bit and get a substitute on. I thought Will (Jackson) coped OK and filled that void when Charlie came off.

“We have spoke to one or two people who have played Carlisle this season and a lot of their lads have had a dip into men’s football. That was the most pleasing thing for me today, that all the lads stood up to the physical challenge and battled man to man, and stood up to them who were a massively physical opponent.

“Jake Wright is getting better every week. Each day he comes in with a smile on his face and he’s willing to listen and improve. If he keeps putting in performances like that he’s got a hell of a chance in the future.

“I didn’t see much of their second goal, I’d only just got back out there. We didn’t clear our lines in our final third. It was a different start to how we had finished the first half. From then on in we are chasing the game. The last 40 minutes we had good fitness levels, we had more chances and showed more endeavour to win. We had them rocking on the back foot.

“It became end to end, cup football as they say. None of us could break the deadlock but as soon as it went to penalties I said to Dan (Wilson) I’m confident here with Jake in net.

“We are going to need everybody included in our squad now. There were still five lads injured today. There’s also one or two who are itching for game time. We’ve got Solihull here in a couple of days so we’ll assess where we are with injuries. There’s a days rest now so we’ll regroup and go again on Friday.”



Report by Jack Witham.

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