Champions Dunnington in shock defeat on opening day of York Minster Engineering League season (From York Press)
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Champions Dunnington in shock defeat on opening day of York Minster Engineering League season
11:11am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
Dunnington, who were unbeaten in the league since a 2-0 loss at now disbanded Rowntrees in March 2012, were surprisingly overhauled as RI ground out a hard-fought victory.
Darren Sellars opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a strike from 20 yards and Lee Powell doubled the home side’s advantage on the half hour.
Olly Newby scored a powerful header just before the interval to bring the champions back into the game, but York RI restored their two-goal cushion after the restart through Carl Shepherd.
Liam Keenaghan added RI’s fourth with a superb low drive before Dunnington got a late consolation through Tom Richards.
The Ryedale side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and ran out 3-0 winners. Scott Preston, Dean Nuttall and Marcus Godsell were on the scoresheet for Malton.
Mark Featherstone, Robin Bedford, John Patrick, Matty Bastock and player-manager Terry Hibbert shared the spoils for Cop.
Again it was the home side who took the three points, although the game could have gone either way with both sides failing to convert chances.
Wigginton took the lead after 26 minutes through Josh Luckhurst, only to see Gareth Hirst hit an unstoppable leveller minutes later.
After the break, it was Rovers who forged ahead through Chris Dyson’s exquisite chip, only for Scott Stewart to hit Grasshoppers’ second with a 35-yard screamer.
Then, 15 minutes from time, Jamie Willstrop’s cross was turned into his own net by an unfortunate Huntington defender, and Rovers’ misery was completed when they lost Kevin Martin ten minutes from time for his second bookable offence.
Poppleton registered a 3-2 victory at promoted St Clement’s with Jim Gledhill hitting a brace early in the game for the away side.
Simon Keogh gave Saints hope, only to see Nick Moss weigh in with United’s third. Scott Nicholas added a second for St Clement’s from the penalty spot, but the visitors hung on to claim their first opening day victory in three years.
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