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Ryan proud of Youth Team despite Cup exit

By Bradley Saxton | 15th October 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan described his U18 side’s performance against South Shields as “the best during his time at the club” despite crashing out of the FA Youth Cup on penalties last night.  

Having trailed 1-0 at the break, Ryan’s side equalised in the second half through a Jonny Shepherd spot-kick, but the Young Minstermen narrowly came undone 5-4 on penalties as South Shields progressed to the First Round Proper of the competition.  

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan had nothing but praise for his side, who showed fight and determination to find a way back into the game at the 1st Cloud Arena.  

“I thought we were absolutely fantastic, we lost the game and come away from it with a little bit of a bitter-sweet taste, but we were the best team tonight by a mile,” said Ryan.  

“We created a numerous amount of chances and I think they went into our box only twice in the ninety minutes, but they’ve ultimately won the game on penalties.  

“Despite the result, I’m really chuffed with the performance from the lads, I’ve been here three years now and this group of lads tonight have put on the best performance I have witnessed working with the club. 

“I’ve told the lads just now that they should be proud and that we were the better team here this evening, we’ve had some good players come through the academy whilst I have been working here and that tonight was the proudest I have been”. 

Ryan knew his side were facing tough opponents in South Shields, a side who they took on during pre-season. He praised the North East side, who took the Minstermen all the way during a tough ninety minutes for both sides.  

He added: “We had watched South Shields, we had analysed them and set up in training to combat what they had in attack.  

“Credit to them, they are a very good side who are comfortable on the ball and try different formations. 

“As I say it’s a bitter-sweet feeling knowing we worked hard to come from behind and get back into the game, but it sadly wasn’t to be and I’m gutted."

An impressive crowd of 391 turned up to the 1st Cloud Arena for the 3rd Qualifying Round tie and Ryan believes playing in front of a crowd of that size will have given his players a massive lift during the game.  

He went on to add: “What I’ve just said to them is regardless of the result, I’m so proud of them and playing in front of a big crowd tonight is a learning curve for them.  

“Whether you make a career for yourself for fifteen or twenty years, you’ll have a lot more lows than real highs, so you take it on the chin and playing in front of a decent crowd will have given them a real lift this evening.  

“I know that it gave me a real lift tonight and as I say, a lot of them will take tonight’s result on the chin and move on from it, which will help them improve in the long run."

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