Vital Football

Latest York City News

Late goal denies York victory

Gillingham
1 - 1
York City

Priestfield Stadium

Sat 26th Jan 3pm

Attendance: 4,893

Referee:

York City were only denied victory by a late equaliser from title-chasing Gillingham's returning substitute Cody McDonald in a 1-1 draw at the Priestfield Stadium.

The Minstermen had earlier taken a shock lead when Patrick McLaughlin's 17th minute corner was helped into his own net by Charlie Lee. And they could have even added to it as skipper Chris Smith headed a McLaughlin free-kick against an upright, while Matty Blair had late penalty claims denied.

Manager Gary Mills handed an immediate debut to latest on loan signing Jack O'Connell, with Daniel Parslow moving across to left-back to replace ankle-injury victim Jamal Fyfield. Lanre Oyebanjo and Alex Rodman were both recalled in place of the unavailable David McGurk and Jamie Reed.

Having recently lost the leadership of the table, Gillingham were looking to recover from successive home defeats and Charlie Allen headed behind early on before leading scorer Danny Kedwell dragged wide.

York's first threat arrived just past the quarter-hour when McLaughlin's cross was knocked back by Smith but there were no takers as the ball drifted dangerously across the face of goal.

But a minute later the visitors were in front with McLaughlin's inswinging corner towards the near post being diverted into his own net by Lee as goalkeeper Stuart Nelson desperately tried to prevent it from crossing the line.

Lee sought to make instant amends when hooking into the side-netting before almost heading an attempted back-pass over his own keeper, who just managed to rescue the situation ahead of Blair.

The Minstermen were continuing to appear bright with McLaughlin seeing another effort blocked and Leon Legge battling to hold off the threat of Jason Walker following Blair's inviting through ball.

In between times their opponents had already made their first substitution with Myles Weston replacing Andy Frampton. He soon witnessed Allen's corner being met by skipper Adam Barrett's header and producing a great save from York keeper Michael Ingham five minutes before the interval.

The Gills made another change as they started the second-half in purposeful fashion, until Blair's shot was parried by their keeper Nelson at the expense of a corner. McLaughlin delivery was then flicked on by Walker for Legge to clear just ahead of the arriving Parslow.

At the opposite end, Ingham parried away a Lee corner while Barrett headed over a Joe Martin free-kick before McLaughlin tried to surprise home keeper Nelson from distance.

Gillingham made their final change ten minutes into the second-half with McDonald, to great acclaim from the home support, replacing Adam Birchall. But it was Steven Gregory soon booked for a heavy challenge on Walker and skipper Smith heading McLaughlin's resultant free-kick against an upright.

York keeper Ingham next fell to his right to gather Lee's 30-yard attempt before the visitors replied with Blair cutting in from out wide and having a deflected shot saved by Nelson. Scott Kerr's follow-up was also blocked while Parslow's superb break from his own half wasn't matched by his final pass as Walker waited in space.

There was then an unfortunate clash of heads involving Oyebanjo and Lee which saw both players eventually being replaced. Gills substitute McDonald's first real involvement was a harmless effort straight through to Ingham, who also gathered Chris Whelpdale's free-kick after Smith was penalised for challenging Kedwell.

But with five minutes remaining the home side were level when Weston's cross from the right was forced in at the far post by McDonald - who had only rejoined the club on loan from Coventry City the previous day.

Back came a spirited York side with Blair almost setting up the supporting Michael Potts and Walker volleying at Nelson from 25-yards. Ingham blocked from Lee at the other end before the visitors were claiming a penalty when Blair was challenged from behind after collecting Walker's pass inside the area.

Potts then almost forced his way through during seven minutes of added time as his side continued their impressive record this season when visiting the leading promotion contenders.

Gillingham: Nelson, Martin, Legge, Frampton (Weston 38), Barrett, Whelpdale, Lee, C. Allen (Fish 46), Gregory, Kedwell, Birchall (McDonald 55)

subs (unused): Forecast, Davies, Muggleton, Burton

Goals: McDonald (85)

York City: Ingham, Oyebanjo (Challinor 81), Smith, O'Connell, Parslow, Kerr, Potts, McLaughlin, Blair, Walker, Rodman (Bullock 90)

subs (unused): Musselwhite, T. Allan, McReady, Johnson, Everson

Goals: Lee OG (17)

Ref: D. Phillips (West Sussex)

Att: 4,893 (258 York)

* YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 *

Join The Vital Debate


Writer:Vital York
Date:Saturday January 26 2013
Time: 5:55PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Winehouse
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What's your minimum required finish under Jackie McNamara this season?
Suggested By: Vital York City
Champions18%
Play-offs60%
Top half16%
Mid-table1%
Lower mid-table1%
Avoid relegation4%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Cheltenham 46 30 11 5 101 57
2 Forest Green 46 26 11 9 89 27
3 Braintree 46 23 12 11 81 18
4 Grimsby 46 22 14 10 80 37
5 Dover Athletic 46 23 11 12 80 22
6 Tranmere 46 22 12 12 78 17
7 Eastleigh 46 21 12 13 75 11
8 Wrexham 46 20 9 17 69 15
9 Gateshead 46 19 10 17 67 -11
10 Macclesfield 46 19 9 18 66 12
11 Barrow 46 17 14 15 65 -7
12 Woking 46 17 10 19 61 3
13 Lincoln 46 16 13 17 61 1
14 Bromley 46 17 9 20 60 -5
15 Aldershot 46 16 8 22 56 -18
16 Southport 46 14 13 19 55 -13
17 Chester 46 14 12 20 54 -4
18 Torquay 46 13 12 21 51 -22
19 Boreham Wood 46 12 14 20 50 -5
20 Guiseley 46 11 16 19 49 -23
R FC Halifax 46 12 12 22 48 -27
R Altrincham 46 10 14 22 44 -25
R Kidderminster 46 9 13 24 40 -22
R Welling United 46 8 11 27 35 -38
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent York City Results (view all)

York City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.racom4
2.Winehouse1