MENS FOOTBALL: Uni pegged back as York steal draw

Leeds 2s and York 1s played out a 1-1 draw at Weetwood on Wednesday, where a dull first period was outshone by an all-action second half. York sat a comfortable two places higher than Uni prior to kick off, with a deficit of seven points separating the two sides.

York displayed confidence in the opening five minutes with large amounts of possession, but couldn’t fashion a clear opening. Leeds then began to pressurise the ball, which resulted in a competitive opening 15 minutes, a countless feisty challenges flew in.

Leeds’ best chance of the half came in the 18th minute as Ben Leaman played in Isaac Crown down the left wing with a pin-pint pass with the outside of the foot. Crown cut in superbly, but the resulting shot rippled the side netting without troubling the York keeper.

As the first half drew to a close York looked more likely to get that all-important first goal and Leeds had their keeper Cody Wharton to thanks for ensuring that the scores remained level at the halfway mark.

Uni broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half as Yoav Kestenbaum beat numerous York defendrs down the right flank, before flashing a ball across the box from the by-line. Lurking eight yards out was Jack Seccomb, who unleashed a first time effort which flew into the top left-hand corner, giving the York keeper no chance. Uni’s confidence was sky high after that goal and the team looked likely to add to their tally. Modou Touray sent a long ball into the opposition’s danger area and James Hughes was in the right place at the right time to slot his shot into the bottom right hand corner, only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for offside.

Seconds later, York broke through the Leeds defensive line. Wharton saved the initial shot well but despite the Uni defender’s best efforts to block the resulting rebound, the ball took a deflection, landing perfectly for the York striker who headed in from five yards. It was now York’s turn to ask all the questions, with a number of long throws that Leeds struggled to clear. Either team could have come out on top heading into the final stages of the game, but the match petered out.

The result leaves Uni second bottom in the Northern 2B division. Despite this, the side sit seven points clear of Leeds Beckett, meaning that they should comfortably stay up.


Image courtesy of Sam Broadley


Daniel Nixon

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