Vital Football

Latest York City News

Brave York gallant to the end

Fleetwood Town
0 - 0
York City

Highbury Stadium

Fri 16th May 7.45pm

Attendance: 5,194

Referee:

York City gave it their absolute best but couldn't find the vital breakthrough in a hugely entertaining play-off semi-final second-leg against Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium.

A scoreless draw means that Fleetwood go through 1-0 on aggregate courtesy of Matty Blair's first-leg winner and take on either Burton Albion or Southend United in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The Minstermen certainly didn't let down their vast army of supporters though, with a fiercely determined and committed performance during a truly riveting contest.

Manager Nigel Worthington earlier made one enforced change from the first-leg with Ryan Bowman replacing the injured Ryan Brobbel. Indeed Bowman went straight down at the kick-off after finding the ball blasted directly at him.

But York still opened in great fashion while immediately passing at high-tempo and snapping into every challenge. Even so Fleetwood soon broke for Josh Morris to exchange passes with David Ball and flash a shot over the crossbar.

The visitors instantly replied as Russell Penn volleyed over after Keith Lowe's far post header was blocked from Michael Coulson's corner.

Fine work from Coulson then witnessed Adam Reed having a shot charged down before Will Hayhurt's whipped corner was punched away by Chris Maxwell.

Conor McLaughlin drifted a tame left-footed reply along the ground and through to Nick Pope but the slick and busy Minstermen were appearing much the livelier of the two sides.

The recalled Bowman next flicked Hayhurst's low corner wide of the near post while Fleetwood's Ian Hume lashed over a Morris cross following an uncharacteristically misplaced pass from Lowe.

Moments later a superb move from the visitors, with a quick interchange of passes between Calvin Andrew and Reed ending with Coulson's firm drive being parried by Maxwell.

McLaughlin became the first player booked for a late challenge on Ben Davies, while skipper Penn dusted himself down despite a split nose following a nasty collision with Hume.

York were still looking much the better outfit as the bustling Andrew headed over Davies' cross and Bowman was soon hacked down by the cautioned Mark Roberts.

Goalkeeper Maxwell next flapped at a Hayhurst corner but the ball was scrambled away from the line as Andrew and Penn both challenged.

Striker Bowman also saw an effort charged down when Andrew headed on Pope's long clearance and Antoni Sarcevic became the third home player booked for tripping Coulson at a quick free-kick.

First-leg goalscorer Matty Blair in turn headed a Coulson delivery over his own bar for another corner, and Hayhurst's resultant cross was met by Lowe and parried away by Maxwell as Andrew prepared to head in.

Fleetwood rallied a little towards the end of the first-half through a Steven Schumacher free-kick being glanced on by Nathan Pond and deflected wide by Roberts. Schumacher also hoisted over in added time.

The Minstermen were straight out of the blocks at the start of the second period and Reed's whipped corner from the left was cleared near the line by the excellent Pond.

Sarcevic glanced a Charlie Taylor corner over at the other end while McLaughlin tried a speculative 40-yard effort which drifted harmlessly over the target.

Back came a superbly determined York and Hayhurst's excellent cross was glanced wide by the head of Reed while Morris dragged a reply beyond the near post following good work by Sarcevic.

Fleetwood introduced former City striker Jon Parkin on 64 minutes before Hayhurst was booked for catching McLaughlin. Great work from Blair then took him to the byline and his inviting delivery flashed dangerously across the face of goal

York made their first switch with Ryan Jarvis coming on for Bowman, although it was Sarcevic soon surging into the visitors' box and forcing a brilliant, low one-handed save from Pope. Morris' corner was then headed over by Pond.

The Cod Army had real concerns as the already-cautioned Sarcevic escaped a sending-off when bringing down all-action midfielder Penn. Substitute Parkin next spread play well but Lowe successfully blocked Taylor's cross.

Back again came never-say-die York with Andrew curling a 25-yard attempt just over as the game was becoming increasingly stretched over the final ten minutes.

Fleetwood again escaped punishment when substitute Jarvis was clearly tripped on the edge of the area and Coulson hoisted over the crossbar.

Morris dropped another cross onto the roof of the net in reply and York-born Taylor drilled a left-footed shot wide of the far post - while the visitors pushed substitute Lewis Montrose into attack for the closing moments.

Into five minutes of added time and Coulson's driven effort was deflected over by the outstanding Pond. On loan goalkeeper Pope was sent forward for the corner but immediately had to chase back as Morris miscued on the break with an open goal beckoning.

Some lovely footwork from the tireless Coulson wide on the left then witnessed a firm shot into the midriff of Maxwell, until team-mate Morris was sent racing clear but the trusty Pope again stood his ground.

That proved at least some justice because defeat on the night would have been totally unfair on the terrific Minstermen - who were defiantly fearless and spectacularly brave throughout.

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Roberts, Taylor, Blair, Schumacher (Goodall 75), Sarcevic (Cresswell 83), Morris, Hume (Parkin 64), Ball

subs (unused): Murdoch, Evans, Jordan, Lucas

York City: Pope, Oyebanjo, Lowe, McCombe, Davies, Coulson, Penn, Reed (Montrose 84), Hayhurst (Allan 90), Andrew, Bowman (Jarvis 69)

subs (unused): McGurk, Platt, Puri, Ingham

Ref: S. Duncan (Northumberland)

Att: 5,194

You can now use your social login to comment on our front page articles using your Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts!




Play-off dates: Sat 10th May, 7:30pm (7th v 4th); Sun 11th May, 12:00pm (6th v 5th); Fri 16th May, 7:45pm (4th v 7th); Sat 17th May, 12:00pm (5th v 6th); PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY MONDAY 26th MAY 3:00pm

Join The Vital Debate


Writer:Vital York
Date:Friday May 16 2014
Time: 10:30PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Winehouse
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Should Sean Newton be moved back into midfield?
Suggested By: Vital York City
Yes62%
No38%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Lincoln 44 30 7 7 97 43
2 Tranmere 45 28 8 9 92 39
3 Forest Green 45 25 10 10 85 32
4 Dag & Red 45 26 5 14 83 26
5 Aldershot 45 22 13 10 79 27
6 Dover Athletic 44 23 6 15 75 21
7 Barrow 45 20 15 10 75 20
8 Gateshead 45 19 13 13 70 23
9 Macclesfield 44 20 6 18 66 7
10 Bromley 45 17 8 20 59 -9
11 Sutton 45 15 12 18 57 -2
12 Wrexham 45 15 12 18 57 -14
13 Maidstone 44 16 9 19 57 -15
14 Eastleigh 45 14 14 17 56 -7
15 Boreham Wood 45 14 13 18 55 -1
16 Solihull Moors 45 15 9 21 54 -13
17 Chester 45 14 10 21 52 -6
18 Woking 45 14 10 21 52 -14
19 Torquay 45 13 11 21 50 -9
20 Guiseley 45 13 11 21 50 -17
21 York 45 11 16 18 49 -15
22 Braintree 45 13 9 23 48 -23
R North Ferriby 45 12 3 30 39 -48
R Southport 45 10 8 27 38 -45
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent York City Results (view all)

York City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 12:15PM : Forest Green Rovers (H)
Conference National

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.RoweyOnTheWing 2
2.VitalYorkCity1
The Vital Football Members League