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Minsterbelles unbeaten run ended

24th April 2022

City see their 15-league game unbeaten run end after a 3-1 defeat at the Ingfield Stadium.

York were on the front foot in the second minute looking for an early goal, Sophie Tinson managed to get down the right and fire a ball across which the keeper took well.

In the minutes following, up until the quarter of an hour mark City created more openings, firstly Rebecca Fevers saw an effort blocked then Tinson fired a half volley which cleared the bar, the third chance again fell to Fevers who drilled a good effort on target but the keeper gathered comfortably.

In the 16th minute the Minsterbelles came agonisingly close to taking the lead, Jo Symington delivered a pinpoint cross for Alice Hughes who crashed a header off the underside of the bar which was adjudged to have not crossed the line before the hosts cleared.

Five minutes before the break Ossett launched their first attack of the half, a shot from the right edge of the box bounced wide of the left upright.

Tinson again took aim in the 43rd minute, a powerful strike that looked to be heading in before a sky-blue shirt denied the effort.

On the stroke of half time the hosts had the best chance of the half, a well hit shot narrowly flew over Chloe Precious’ goal as the sides went into the break goalless.

Ossett took the lead in the 50th minute, a defensive mix up left an open goal for the hosts to break the deadlock.

Just after the hour mark City had the ball in the net and thought they were level but Rebecca Hunt was denied by the offside flag.

In the 64th minute York did level the game; Symington curled an effort which came back off the bar and lurking in the box was Tinson who smashed the ball in to equalise.

The game didn’t stay level for long, a minute after scoring the Minsterbelles conceded again, a ball over the top caught out the backline, Precious did well to get down and make an initial save but the rebound was headed in, restoring the hosts lead.

The game then went a bit scrappy with neither team managing to get control, the pitch also played its part in making it hard to play on the floor.

Having looked in control for the majority of the first half City were growing frustrated as the game ticked towards the final few minutes.

In the final minute of the game the hosts added a third, a delivery from the left was met by an unmarked Ossett player to head in and sew the game up.

Attention now turns to a big North Yorkshire derby away at Harrogate Town next Sunday, kick off 2pm.

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