Association of Northern Counties Youth Competition
The East Riding County FA Juniors opened their 2015/16 Division 2 campaign by entertaining Lancashire’s Under 18’s at the Roy West Centre.
EAST RIDING COUNTY FA 2
LANCASHIRE COUNTY FA 1
Squad: Nathan Davis, Luke Jacobs, Stephen Richardson, Ryan Gledhill, Joe Holmes, James Wilkinson, Jamie Harvey, Mitchell Levi Lewis, Younis Griari, Siben Sarni, Josh Hobson, Tommy Waud, James Lee, Chris Causier, Josh Hairsine and Luke Salas.
The game started in sensational fashion with two goals within the first 2 minutes of the kick off to the new season. Within a minute, Lancashire took the lead courtesy of Lewis Kelsall’s fine finish from an acute angle. East Riding responded immediately when Ryan Gledhill latched on to the ball inside the penalty area and he had time to finish in style. Keeper James Wilkinson was kept busy and some assured handling promoted confidence as he commanded his area. He came to the hosts rescue in the 30th minute by diverting Gledhill’s shot around the post. A flowing Lancashire move culminated in Kyle Jameson wasting a golden opportunity when scooping the ball over the bar. At the other end, Riding went close when a Luke Salas corner kick was headed narrowly wide by Mitchell Levi Lewis.
After the interval, keeper Louis Goulding parried the ball and it fell kindly to Thomas Waudby who missed the chance by blasting the ball over the bar. Keeper Wilkinson pulled off another important save to deny Dion Johnstone. The Juniors then went close from a Levi Lewis free kick which was weighted to perfection but Waudby was unfortunate to see his header just miss the target. Wilkinson then pulled off a brave save at the feet of Johnstone before the decisive moment arrived in the 84th minute. Siben Sarni set up Salas to hit the ball into the roof of the net from close range to score the winning goal. The victory owed much to an excellent performance from Joe Holmes.
The Juniors are next in action when they entertain Leicestershire on 7th November at the Roy West Centre in Round 2 of the FA County Youth Cup.