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City shock holders Chester in Cup

16th January 2019

Substitutes Ethan Henderson and Kiari Ventura scored late goals as City knocked holders Chester FC out of the National League Under-19 Alliance Cup at Bootham Crescent.

Henderson headed City level in the 73rd minute before Ventura turned the ball home at a corner with just seven minutes to play.

The visitors had taken the lead four minutes before the interval when midfielder Cain Noble - one of three first team players in the Chester line-up - drilled the ball home after goalkeeper Ryan Whitley spilled the ball at a corner.

City's line-up included Nathan Dyer at rightback along with three Under-16s - Matty Dixon, Alfie Evans, and Luke Jones.

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LET'S CELEBRATE: Striker Kiari Ventura chases Ethan Henderson after City's equaliser. Photo: Mark Comer

New manager Steve Watson was looking on from the stands along with sporting director Dave Penney, physio Ian Gallagher, and injured midfielder Simon Heslop.

Whitley produced a good save early on to deny Louis Hayes while Dyer had a shot blocked in the Chester area following a cross from Charlie Jebson-King.

Chester's Lloyd Marsh-Hughes struck the foot of the post with a low drive after 25 minutes while goalkeeper Alex Atton produced a flying save to tip over a header from Aston Harrison after a great delivery from the right by Dyer.

Captain Josh Rogerson was booked for a foul on Iwan Murray and Whitley pushed the subsequent freekick from Molyneux around the post. Whitley then saved a terrific volley from Stuart Crilly at the corner.

Chester took the lead four minutes before halftime when Whitley dropped the ball under pressure at a corner and Noble drilled home a low shot. City appealed in vain for a foul on Whitley who had come off his line to try and catch in a crowded penalty area.

Harrison should have equalised for City in the 53rd minute but his close-range header from Dyer's cross flew over the crossbar.

Striker Jones was ruled narrowly offside in the 62nd minute after rising to head home another excellent cross from Dyer.

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MEET THE JONES': City striker Luke shielding the ball from Chester captain Dion. Photo: Mark Comer

However, City finally got back on level terms with 17 minutes to go when substitute Henderson headed home a left-wing cross to the far post from Jebson-King.

City snatched victory seven minutes later when Chester's defence switched off and Dyer's near post corner was deflected over the line by Ventura.

Dion Jones spurned a late opportunity to equalize for the visitors but drilled wide when unmarked on the edge of the penalty area.

City are now in the last eight of the competition having previously beaten Preston North End Myerscough and Romulus FC and been re-instated when second round opponents Salford City fielded an ineligible player.

City: Whitley; Rogerson (C), Jebson-King, Whitfield, Watson, Dixon, Dyer, Evans, Jones (Ventura 72), Overton (Jackson 63), Harrison (Henderson 54). Subs: Binsley, Cawthorn.

Chester: Atton; Butterworth, Molyneux, Cottrell, Jones (C), Clarke, Crilly, Noble, Marsh-Hughes, Murray (Edwards 88), Hayes (Goodwin 88). Subs: Ruffer, Jones.

POINTING THE WAY: Youth team manager Tim Ryan (right) and Head of Youth Dan Wilson. Photo: Mark Comer

Main photo (top of page): Kiari Ventura celebrates after netting the winner. Photo: Mark Comer

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