JUNIOR FOOTBALL - Seamer U13s work hard for NRCFA Cup win
FC Seamer Under-13s worked hard for a 2-1 home triumph against Kader in the North Riding FA Junior Cup on Sunday.
From the kick-off this cup-tie was keenly-contested, and there was not much between the teams throughout.
Seamer just shaded the first half with both teams working hard and putting themselves about with some good hard challenges, with Samson Grunwell hounding the Kader midfielders in the centre of the pitch.
A well-taken goal from Seamer’s Ryan McAleese was the only goal of the first half.
Kader started the second half brightly and got the equaliser after a good spell in the game.
Seamer reacted well to this though and started creating a few chances.
Both defences were on top for the majority of game with Cody Dale pulling off some well-timed challenges at the back for the home side.
The best move of the game came with 10 minutes remaining when Seamer broke down the right and then a great pass from McAleese to play Ryan Allison through on goal, who slotted home neatly into the corner of the goal.
Seamer held on despite some good pressure from Kader and a last-minute block from Kai Popplestone saved the day, with Seamer progressing into the next round of the cup.
Heslerton Under-13s made it four wins out of five to go joint top of the Scarborough & District Minor league on Sunday, albeit having played more games, when they beat a spirited Thornton Dale side 2-0.
Neither team created many chances in the first half, however the home side lifted their game after the break and went ahead through Myles Johnson, whose hard work paid off as he nipped in to fire the blues ahead.
Matthew Moss doubled the lead for the hosts, beating the offside trap to slot home.
Johnson and Harry Richardson both hit the woodwork and Jake Allardice had a shot well saved by the Dale keeper as Heslerton piled on the pressure but there were no more goals.
Man of the match went to Harry Thompson for a great shift on the left wing.
Phoenix FC Under-15s travelled to York College for a cup match with first division team Bishopthorpe White Rose, the home side winning by a 5-1 margin.
Six minutes in, Charlie Doubtfire-Langfield pounced on a ball that was thrown out to a central defender and neatly lobbed the home keeper.
White Rose upped the pressure on FC and won a series of corner kicks.
Jackson Smith had to be subbed after hurting his lower back, and this took a chunk of speed out of Phoenix’s counter-attacking force.
Bishopthorpe equalised after 20 when their huge midfielder bulldozed his way through to head in.
Bishopthorpe’s second goal came from the another corner, this time scored with a foot instead of a head.
Both teams had their chances, but it was a home forward who beat the offside trap and stormed in on goal in the last couple of minutes of the half.
The second half was stronger for Phoenix as they pushed forward a lot more.
Cameron McDonald linked up well with defence and midfield to make some great runs down the left.
Bishopthorpe made it 4-1 when a shot from the left of the 18-yard box just squeezed inside the post and rebounded into the net off the keeper.
Then a shot from the right looked to be covered nicely by keeper Ollie Cooper, but unfortunately took a deflection off the boot of defender Josh Gommersal, who had been having an exceptional game, and wrong-footed the gloveman to make it 5-1.
The away side never let their heads drop, and Ollie Bennett charged down the keeper on a number of occasions, and Owen Mansell went to ground after some contact in the box, but the ref waved play on.
There were a couple of really good performances from Phoenix midfielders Cal Andrews and Mansell, but man of the match was Gommersal, who defended with a cool head and ran his socks off.
Evan Chapman dazzled in midfield as Filey Holt Under-12s cruised to a 10-3 cup triumph over Thornton Dale.
Filey keeper Robert Painter-Wardell was called into action early and saved smartly from point blank range.
Jay Marsh opened the scoring tapping in a Logan Tuck corner and Tuck made it two, firing home after a weaving run.
Marsh added another from a delightful Mclean Bell corner and Thornton got one back following a good spell as Filey headed into the break three-one to the good.
Filey put on a powerful second half performance. Coles brothers Alfie and Harry both scored their first goals for Holt with splendid efforts and Kody Oldroyd added two more following great work from Chapman.
Thornton battled on bravely and were rewarded with a goal, before Thomas Richardson reacted quickest to fire in a ninth for Filey.
Thornton added another before Marsh completed his hat-trick and crowned a great win for Filey.
Heslerton Heroes Under-10s welcomed Holt on Sunday.
Game one saw a very good all-round team performance by the hosts, with Louie Spencer the sole Heslerton goalscorer.
Charlie Driver was named as the player of the game for a solid defensive midfield display.
In game two both teams played some lovely football.
Harry Massheder was the Heroes goalscorer with the whole team sharing the player of the game award for a very spirited display.