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Dominant Minsterbelles cruise past Wednesday

By Olly Wood | 15th November 2021

Sophie Tinson scored eight in a resounding win for City against bottom of the league Sheffield Wednesday.

Having been frustrated last time out in a 0-0 draw away at Farsley Celtic, City made a fast start to the game.

After just two minutes skipper Nikki Brown tried her luck from the edge of the box, her driven effort came back off the upright with York threatening early on.

Five minutes in the Minsterbelles had their goal, Rebecca Fevers looped an effort with her left foot from outside the box and the keeper couldn’t prevent the shot from going in.

The pressure didn’t stop after City took the lead, Wednesday struggled to get out with York pressing from the front.

In the 10th minute Holly Findlay found space on the right side of the box, the winger looked up and squared for Ellie Hall who managed to provide the telling touch to put York two to the good.

Just after the quarter of an hour mark York struck the woodwork again, having scored the opener Fevers looked to be on target again but her effort hit the post and stayed out.

Midway through the first half Tinson, Elisha Hardcastle and Jo Symington all had efforts wide of the target as the Minsterbelles really asserted their dominance in the match.

In the 34th minute York won a penalty as Hall was brought down by a defender, up stepped Tinson, the result never in doubt as the striker slotted it away for her 15th goal of the season.

Three minutes later Tinson had a brace, Abby Parkin played a perfect ball in behind the Sheffield defence, Tinson broke the offside trap and cleverly lifted her finish over the on-rushing keeper for the fourth of the first half.

York were finishing the half as strong as they started it, in the 40th minute they had their fifth and Tinson had her hattrick, she beat the keeper to the ball and fired into the bottom corner.

Two minutes later City scored their sixth, Tinson again, a goal bound shot from outside the box deflected off a defender and looped over the keeper capping off a dominant first half from York.

City were fast out of the blocks in the second half looking to continue the scoring as they weren’t ready to settle on the lead they’d built up in the first 45.

Findlay was next to get in on the act, she curled an effort with her left foot from the edge of the box past the keeper in the 47th minute increasing the lead further.

Shortly after Findlay almost had her second but for a great save from the Wednesday keeper from point blank range.

In the 53rd minute Tinson scored her fifth of the afternoon, powerfully firing into the corner putting City 8-0 up.

Just before the hour mark York made five changes in one go, Symington, Fevers, Brown, Findlay and Hall were all replaced by Milly Ash, Alice Hughes, Shannon Durkin, Tegan McGill and Freya Louth.

The substitutes were all heavily involved after joining the action but not before Tinson got her double hattrick, another well taken goal finding the bottom corner.

In the 69th minute Tinson did well to beat the keeper to the ball, she set the ball back for Ash who just fired wide from the edge of the box with City continuing to look for more goals.

A minute later Ash had her goal, two of the substitutes were involved, Durkin got into the box, looked up and squared for Ash who slid the ball past the keeper to make it double figures.

Two minutes later another substitute made an impact leading to a goal, McGill caused problems in the box, her shot deflected into the path of Tinson who instinctively poked the ball into the corner for York’s eleventh.

Just over ten minutes before the end Parkin who’d worked hard up and down the wing all game got on the end of Ash’s cross, and side footed into the corner.

In the 83rd minute Tinson scored her eighth and final goal of the game, again a well hit shot that gave the keeper no chance.

Another substitute got on the scoresheet, for the final goal of the afternoon, Hughes broke from midfield, timed her run to perfection getting in behind the defence and slid the ball under the keeper for the fourteenth goal.

In the 90th minute Wednesday had their best chance of the game, a free kick from distance bounced off the top of the crossbar and over.

A very impressive Minsterbelles performance, back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season helping to keep the unbeaten run going and maintaining the lead at the top of the table.

Next up for City is second placed Redcar Town at home on Sunday the 21st of November, kick off at 2pm.

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