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Perfect ten for York Schoolboy U15s
9:47am Saturday 28th April 2012 in Junior football
YORKSHIRE Cup hopefuls York Schoolboy Under-15s are celebrating a perfect ten.
The Minster city boys beat Middlesbrough 6-3 at Tockwith to book a place in the Yorkshire Cup semi-finals at Sheffield tomorrow.
And ten members of the successful squad have been picked to represent North Yorkshire after impressing at county trials, where York won a selection tournament against sides from Scarborough, Harrogate and Hambleton.
The York top ten are Tom Robinson, Evan Tyson, Mike Ellis, Sam Hardy-Mayo, Tom Gore, Andy Swires, Callum Hurst, Adam Swords, Jake Rose and Dylan Howlett.
The teenagers were in superb form against a Middlesbrough side packed with academy and county players.
However, York’s passage into the knockout phase of the cup looked to be all but assured after they had raced into a three-goal lead in the first 15 minutes.
Steven Arnold opened the scoring, overlapping from right-back before steering a shot across the advancing ’keeper.
Rose followed up with a deflected long-range effort and Howlett also scored, finishing clinically from ten yards.
Middlesbrough rallied and pulled a goal back on 30 minutes, with a York player getting the final touch on a right-wing cross for an own goal.
They then made it 3-2 with a tap-in when the York defence was out-numbered following a flowing move.
With their lead reduced to one goal, York upped the tempo – and the quality of their play.
Harvey Rowson-Jeffery scored with a powerful header following great work from captain Tyson.
Robinson then struck with a vicious shot from distance and Hurst combined with Oliver James to complete the scoring from close range.
At 6-2, York relaxed and Boro netted a late consolation.
The man of the match award was shared by left winger Howlett, who had his best game of the season, and ever-reliable goalkeeper Ellis.