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U19s kick off season with Stockport draw

By Bradley Saxton | 8th September 2021

The Young Minstermen kicked off their National League U19 Alliance League North campaign this afternoon with a 1-1 draw away at Stockport County.

Lewis Cunningham scored his first goal for the U19’s, as City replied seven minutes after Stockport had broken the deadlock at the Stockport Sports Village.

Tim Ryan selected a strong squad ahead of kick off, a team which featured first year pros Lewis Cunningham, Maison Campbell, Jonny Haase and Luke Jones.

The home side dominated possession within the opening ten minutes, going close on a couple of occasions. Oliver McFadyen curled a free kick from the edge of the area inches wide of Campbell’s left-hand post, before Toby Green fired over the bar after a promising break from midfield.

After not taking chances in the opening ten, the home side finally went on to break the deadlock after 13 minutes through Scott Holding, who tapped home from six yards out, after a cross in from the left from a short corner.

York didn’t have to wait long to find their equaliser, as centre back Cunningham rose highest to head home from an in-swinging Jonny Haase free-kick from the right-hand side five minutes later.

Just after the half-hour mark, City were awarded a penalty by the referee after a late tackle on Kyle Lancaster, after a brilliant break into the penalty area by the winger. After a late consultation with his linesman however, the referee overturned his decision, giving the home side a free kick.   

The Minstermen went close in the early exchanges of the second half, as they went in search of their second goal. Max Ezard had an effort fumbled away by Stockport goalkeeper Dan Harrison, before Lancaster headed narrowly over from a Haase corner.

Jones had a chance on the hour mark to find that second goal the away side. He started a brilliant counter-attack picking out Lancaster on the right, but the cross in from the winger fizzled out of Jones’ reach, as he attempted to tap home at the far post.

Both sides kept battling in what was very warm conditions, as Stockport went close themselves after 68 minutes to re-take the lead. Substitute Jai Baisley found himself unmarked in the penalty area from a corner, but he headed just wide of Campbell’s right-hand post.

Baisley went close again for the home side in the final ten minutes of the game. He drove forward from midfield into the City penalty area, before firing narrowly wide of Campbell’s left-hand post.

Both sides battled out a tight encounter, as City got off to a start in the league with a point. They turn their attentions next Wednesday, when they travel to the Citadel to take on Farsley Celtic in the FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round (7pm kick off).


Stockport County U19: Harrison, Jair Da Silva, Edwards (Baisley 63’), Tanswell, Sharples, Holding, Barugh, Al-Akkad, Walsh (Moruyi 46’), Green (Banda 72’), McFadyen

Unused Subs: Johnson, Johnstone

Goals: Holding (13’)

Booked: N/A


York City U19: Campbell, McLaughlin, Owen, Cunningham, Haase, Lancaster, Gordan, Algar, Clayton, Jones, Ezard (Heaton 79’)

Unused Subs: Dale, Pickles, Hogan

Goals: Cunningham (20’)

Booked: Heaton

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