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City U19s lose to Hartlepool

13th February 2020

First Half goals from Ben Reay and Luke Chapman condemned York City to a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Hartlepool United.

City got off the worst possible start when Pools were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute, after an attacker was bundled over in the box. Despite Jake Teale saving the initial effort, the referee ordered the spot kick to be retaken, with Reay making no mistake the second time around.

After Ethan Henderson almost levelled the score, the hosts doubled their lead when in the 21st minute, Chapman’s cross from the corner of the box evaded everyone before nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

York were more competitive in the second half, with Kiari Ventura breaking free towards the penalty area, before seeing his shot smothered by home keeper Grant Lowerson.

City almost pulled a goal back in the 81st minute, when Ventura beat his man before teeing up Will Jackson. However, after taking a touch, the young midfielder curled his effort agonisingly over the crossbar.

But they were unable to breach a solid Hartlepool side who deserved the win.

Speaking after the game, manager Tim Ryan said: “I was disappointed with the performance. I just said to the lads that, credit to Hartlepool, I think we have been beaten by a better team with collectively better players on the day than us. It is a learning curve for some of them.

“To give an early penalty away, whether it was harsh or not, and then for the referee to re-spot it, after a great save from Jake Teale, made it a tough start. The conditions as well, as it proved second half when we got a little bit into the game, played a part but there were no complaints whatsoever.

“We were second best all over the pitch.”




Article by Ed Painter.

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