NORTHERN COUNTIES YOUTH COMPETITION
With nine players unavailable for a variety of reasons, a depleted East Riding County FA Under 18 team travelled to meet Durham FA in the Northern Counties Youth Competition with just eleven players and with some drafted in at short notice who were making their debuts. The team spirit was tremendous and a tenacious performance deserved more than a cruel defeat when conceding the winner in the 3rd minute of stoppage time.
DURHAM COUNTY FA 2
EAST RIDING COUNTY FA 1
The East Riding Juniors started on the offensive and Luke Wilkinson went close on two occasions during the opening exchanges. At the other end, keeper Richard Moy made two important saves to deny Levi Oman and then Cameron Nichol. At times it was hard to believe that this makeshift side were playing together for the first time as the teamwork was outstanding and their commitment was rewarded in the 43rd minute when Corey Mortimer’s through ball split the Durham defence wide open and Luke Wilkinson completed the move with an exquisite finish by lobbing the ball over advancing keeper Jordan Harkess.
The Juniors continued to press after the break and they went close when a pin point pass from Alex Rookyard found Wilkinson who just failed to make a clean connection. Moments later the same combination created a chance but keeper Harkess saved Wilkinson’s effort. Durham then started to exert sustained pressure but resolute defending and an incredible work rate frustrated the hosts. Keeper Moy saved well to deny Ryan King and after surviving Durham’s pressure with strong defending, the East Riding were dangerous on the counter attack. A surging run by the industrious Matt Thompson who ran himself ragged throughout the game created an opportunity for the Juniors. But with players feeling the effects of their endeavours, there was a need for fresh legs in the last quarter but with no substitutes available, the Riding succumbed to Durham’s pressure. Ryan King was denied by keeper Moy and Jack Start but from the resulting corner kick, Durham scored the equaliser when Jake Winship’s header found the back of the net. To their credit, the Juniors went looking for a winner and the powerful Jordan Cox forced his way into creating a couple of chances. A draw would have done no favours for either side but as the game entered the 3rd minute of stoppage time, Durham scored a dramatic winner courtesy of a long range shot from Cameron Nichol which ensured Durham’s place in the play offs and condemned the East Riding to Division Two status next season. However, with seven of this team available next season, it augurs well for a better campaign especially after this tremendous display which certainly deserved at least a draw against all the odds.EAST RIDING COUNTY FA 4
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY FA 1
Having lost 4-2 to Lincolnshire in the FA County Youth Cup, the East Riding Juniors were looking for a change in their fortunes. Lincolnshire dominated proceedings in the first half and should have had more than one goal to show for their dominance. The visitors went close early on, when a sweeping move down the right flank culminated in a pin point cross from Lewis Richard which was met by Brody Robertson who just failed to find the target. Jamie Playford was then denied by a fine save from keeper Luke Kinsley but Lincolnshire did take the lead in the 15th minute when Harry Kirwan’s shot was parried by keeper Kinsley but the ball fell kindly for Ryan Rushen to head home from close range. The Riding’s first real chance occurred in the 33rd minute when the ball fell to Corey Mortimer on the edge of the area but he fired the ball just wide of the near post. Playford then spurned another opportunity as his shot flashed across the face of the goal.
The Riding looked to be a different side after the interval and were on the offensive from the outset. A volley from Ben Silburn was saved by keeper Sam Vince but moments later the Riding equalised in the 48th minute when the ball cannoned high off a defender for Aiden Anderson to add the finishing touch. The East Riding continued to press and went ahead in the 78th minute when Luke Wilkinson scored with a fine individual effort. Kinsley then preserved the Juniors lead when he made a brave save at the feet of Steve Wright. The East Riding extended their lead in the 83rd minute, when a precise through ball from Joe Norton put in Wilkinson who netted with a clinical finish. Jordan Cox then completed the scoring with a long range effort which looped over the goalkeeper. Kirwan and Richard then went close for Lincolnshire but the East Riding deserved their first win of the season. The victory owed much to an impressive performance from Jack Start.
The Juniors can now retain their Division One status with victory next Saturday when they travel to Hetton Le Hole to meet Durham County FA.The East Riding County Juniors embarked on a three game stint in 2 weeks to complete this season’s campaign in the Northern Counties Youth Competition Division One. They travelled to Ellesmere Port to take on Cheshire on 23rd February and a week later entertained Lincolnshire at the Roy West Centre.
CHESHIRE COUNTY FA 3
EAST RIDING COUNTY FA 2
The East Riding went down to a narrow defeat despite a much improved performance. They were denied by the woodwork on two occasions and by desperate goal line clearances. The Juniors had claims for two penalty kicks turned down in a very unlucky defeat. Marksmen for the East Riding were Aiden Anderson and Luke Wilkinson.
The East Riding County FA Juniors entertained the West Riding in the Northern Counties Youth Division 1.
East Riding FA 1
West Riding FA 1
The East Riding Juniors were soon in arrears as the visitors took a 2nd minute lead with a well taken goal from OdunOdebe. After sustaining a lot of pressure the East Riding went close when good work from Joe Norton created a chance for Matt Thomson but his close range effort was saved by keeper Declan Flowers. At the other end Redmund Lee broke clear only to put his shot wide of the post. The East Riding should have equalised from Will Rhodes’ dangerous freekick but the ball somehow evaded Jordan Hunt, James Curry and Jack Start.
In the second half the East Riding got on top but spurned several opportunities. In a counter attack keeper Luke Kinsley did well to deny Matthew Marshall in a one on one situation. The East Riding were given a life line when an unnecessary foul, by keeper Flowers on Luke Sellers, resulted in a penalty kick which was dispatched by Ben Silburn in the 74th minute. The West Riding then went close but Alex McGurk’s free kick was palmed round the post by keeper Kinsley. Then Aiden Anderson came to the East Riding’s rescue when he cleared the ball off the line. The Juniors went close when Joe Norton’s shot curved just wide of the post.
The East Riding are next in action on Saturday 3rd November at the Roy West Centre in the 2nd round of the FA County Youth Cup. Kick-off is at 2.00 pm.
NORTHERN COUNTIES YOUTH COMPETITION
The East Riding Under 18 squad with only one player available from last season, opened their 2012/13 campaign with a trip to Newcastle to meet Northumberland FA
Northmberland FA 5
East Riding FA 1
The East Riding started brightly forcing 2 corner kicks in quick succession. After exerting all the early pressure the East Riding took the lead in the 5th minute after Will Rhodes played in Ben Silburn who netted with a stunning strike on the turn. Northumberland responded with an equaliser in the 12th minute when Brad McClelland was put through a gap in the East Riding defence and made no mistake with a clinical finish. McClelland then turned provider when he set up James Darby to score with a long range effort in the 16th minute. The East Riding then suffered a series of injuries including keeper Curtis Alden who had to be replaced in goal by full back Matthew Thompson. With only 2 substitutes available, the Riding’s resources were now stretched to the limit with some players having to continue playing whilst carrying knocks. After the break, the makeshift keeper Thompson was in action straight away making a save from the unmarked Matthew Eltringham. At the other end the Riding went close after a slick move between Ryan Hirst, Luke Wilkinson and Silburn almost brought reward but the Northumberland defence scrambled the ball clear. Thompson then came to the Juniors rescue again when an outstretched leg denied Marc Heaman. However, Northumberland scored their third goal in the 74th minute when Curtis Coppen headed home from close range. Then the hosts extended their lead in the 81st minute from Lee Waugh’s powerful drilled free kick. McClelland completed the scoring in the 84th minute when he outpaced the Riding’s defence to slide the ball home. The final chance of the game fell to the East Riding’s outstanding performer, Ben Silburn, but he placed his shot just wide of the far post.
The East Riding Juniors are next in action on 27th October when they entertain the West Riding at the Roy West Centre, KO 2pm.