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U19's secure close 5-4 win over Boston United

By Bradley Saxton | 9th March 2022

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was pleased with his side’s 5-4 win away at Boston United, but he feels there is lots of things to improve on following his side’s performance in Lincolnshire.

The U19’s led 3-0 after half-an-hour through goals from Max Ezard, Ben Dale and Elliott Owen, but they were penned back by their opponents, finding themselves 4-3 down on the hour mark.

Two late goals though from Jonny Shepherd and Jacob McLoughlin sealed a dramatic late win for Ryan’s side, who return to winning ways after crashing to a narrow defeat at the hands of Chester FC last Wednesday.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan spoke about his thoughts on his side’s performance, where he felt they didn’t dominate as much of the game as they should have done.

“It was a very tough game today to sum up, we went three nil up inside the opening half-hour but I didn’t feel like the game was done at that point and we found that out after their comeback into the game”, said Ryan.

“I felt throughout we didn’t really dominate, we didn’t get a grip of the game and we were very lucky to come out of today’s game with all three points.

“A lot of the younger lads played today, it’s really good experience for them and it was an opportunity for them to impress, but I was looking for more from the older lads when the game became a lot closer.”

Ryan expressed that he wanted more from some of the second-year scholars during the game, highlighting certain areas that they need to improve on if they are to develop further, which he knows that they are all capable of.

Ryan added “I wanted a bit more dominance, communication and leadership from some of the second-years, if they want to progress within the game then these are some of the basics that need to be executed.

“You can’t go into games thinking you’ll get straight into a men’s side and just walk into the starting eleven, we can’t have that mentality in the squad.

“You look at the first-team defenders, they put themselves on the line, they make sure that they win everything on the floor and in the air and they make sure that they do anything to shut out the opposition.

“That’s what I want from the lads, doing simple things like this is what will help them progress better and I know that they are all capable.”

After falling behind in the game Ryan changed the U19’s shape, which he felt changed the game and help secure his side all three points.

“We changed the shape which I think help inflicted the win, we lost Kieran (Clayton) very early on which didn’t help, but I thought that Jonny (Shepherd) worked his socks off upfront this afternoon and he looked good and worked well when we put Max (Ezard) up there with him in the last quarter.

“We went quite narrow in the midfield, but I thought that they both worked really well up top together and they took control of the game late on.

“We did score three goals off set pieces, which is always pleasing for us, but we felt that the change in shape really helped us out their in the final third.

“It gave us more bodies high up on the pitch and we used it to our advantage.”

The victory sees the Young Minstermen move a point above Chesterfield in the league table into fourth, who also have a game in hand on them.

Ryan’s side return to National League Alliance U19 Academy North action next Wednesday when they take on Notts County at Wigginton Road – kick off is at 1pm.

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