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Youth: York City 2-1 Fleetwood Town

31 August 2014

Youth team bow out in the first round

Fleetwood Town's Youth side narrowly bowed out of the Youth Alliance Cup following a 2-1 defeat away at York City on Saturday afternoon.

The Cod Army took a first half lead through Mamadou Djabi, however second half strikes from Ben Goofrey and a late penalty from Cameron Wilson were enough for the Minstermen.

Fleetwood were quick out of the traps, with Shane Glean seeing his long range effort well saved by York keeper Kieren Price.

Jordan Hancox was then played in following a swift passing move involving Tettey and Djabi, with Hancox diverting the ball towards goal, only for keeper Price to make a sprawling save with his legs.

Town would soon be in the lead as Djabi put the Fylde Coast side ahead after 15 minutes.

The striker skipped past his man before unleashing a rasping right footed effort across the face of goal from a tight angle.

And he could have found a second after 20 minutes, but dragged an effort just wide of the post in what was an excellent start for Town.

The home side started to come into the game a little more as the half wore on, but were limited to half chances as the Cod Army looked to preserve their lead.

Fleetwood's defence remained firm once again, with the Minstermen unable to find an equaliser which they had craved throughout the first half.

At the other end, influential midfielder Conor Smith saw his free kick curl over the bar from 25 yards, while in reply, York striker Nick Kennedy dragged an effort wide of Liam Bleeker's near post.

Fleetwood went in with the lead at the break, but endured a scare just before the interval as Callum Ruzonca skied an effort over the bar.

At the beginning of the second period, Smith set up Glean, who took a heavy touch and shot just wide of the post as Town looked to double their advantage.

York then engineered their first opening of the half, however midfielder Wilson blazed his long range free kick over the bar in what was becoming a reoccurring theme for City.

The hosts were eventually level on 65 minutes though courtesy of a superb 25 yard volley from Goofrey.

Town’s defence were slow to clear their lines, and Goofrey took the ball down on his chest before rifling a right footed volley into the top corner.

From then on both sides went in search of a winner, with Cod Army substitute Louis Myers going close after 72 minutes.

However, it was City who would get the all-important goal 12 minutes from time through Wilson from the penalty spot.

Wilson was tripped in the area, and stepped up confidently to coolly slot a right footed spot kick to the left of Bleeker.

Town rallied, and Conor Smith saw his driven effort well saved by Price late on, but Fleetwood unfortunately bowed out of the Cup.

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