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York hold off late Old Boys surge to lift Ernie Fairclough Memorial Trophy
10:26am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
THE York Minster Engineering Football League representative team retained the Ernie Fairclough Memorial Trophy with a convincing 3-2 victory over the Yorkshire Old Boys League.
The York side enjoyed much the better of the first half, with Gary Newton and Dave Watson both creating chances and going close to putting the visitors in front in the early stages.
When the first goal came it was through fortune alone, with an Old Boys’ defender turning a harmless looking shot into his own goal.
The Minster side were soon two up thanks to a Lee Powell header, shortly before ’keeper Michael Clancy denied an Old Boys striker from close range.
Man of the match Neale Holmes constantly threatened to undo the Yorkshire Old Boys back four but, despite numerous chances, the York side failed to increase their tally.
The second period saw the Minster Engineering team increase their lead further with substitute Alex Yates heading a third goal before a late surge saw Old Boys score two without threatening to make a real contest of the match.
Team managers Matthew Ward and Iain Dunn were “more than happy” with the performance, although the result failed to underline the secure nature of the team’s victory.
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