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York City storm to 4-2 League Two victory over Portsmouth
5:26pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
YORK City conjured a superb display to defeat fallen giants Portsmouth 4-2 in Sky Bet League Two at Bootham Crescent.
The Minstermen led 1-0 at half-time and, having been pegged back early in the second half, the hosts netted three goals in eight minutes to effectively seal the points.
Pompey 'keeper John Sullivan was at fault for the first goal, spilling Josh Carson's free-kick, allowing Wes Fletcher to follow up and score in the fourth minute.
Lewis Montrose went close to doubling the lead with a long-range effort, but the visitors levelled on 53 minutes when Jed Wallace went on a mazy run into the box and beat Michael Ingham.
Sullivan then saved from Montrose and Fletcher before dropping a Carson corner under no pressure, with Montrose pouncing to stab the ball over the line on 58 minutes.
Ryan Jarvis got in on the act on 64 minutes when he collected Fletcher's pass and rifled a shot across Sullivan into the bottom corner of the net.
The front two combined again two minutes later, this time Jarvis crossing for Fletcher to head into the roof of the net from six yards out.
Fletcher was twice denied a hat-trick goal in the closing 20 minutes, while substitute Ryan Bowman failed to claim a fifth goal after he had charged down a poor Sullivan clearance.
John Marquis got a late second for Portsmouth, but City managed to see out the game without further alarms.
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