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York Schoolboys U15 reach Yorkshire Cup final
7:30am Saturday 5th May 2012 in Junior football
A dramatic fight back saw York Schoolboys Under-15s reach the Yorkshire Cup final with a 4-3 extra-time victory over Sheffield.
The Minster city boys will meet either East Riding or Wakefield in the final of the competition after hitting back from 3-0 down to take the game into extra time, where they won the tie with a Callum Hirst goal two minutes from the end.
York were under heavy pressure from the start and the Steel City side were 2-0 up at half-time.
York’s problems increased immediately after the break as Sheffield made it three within minutes, leaving York a huge task.
A tactical change proved to be the catalyst for York as they converted to a back three and managed to pull a goal back through Adam Swords, who beat the Sheffield goalkeeper from close range.
Steven Arnold was soon brought down in the box for a penalty and it was Swords who stepped up to put the spot-kick away.
Arnold was again involved in the late leveller as he was put through to confidently chip over the advancing Sheffield ’keeper to take the game into extra time.
The dramatic turnaround was completed with only two minutes of extra time remaining as substitute Hirst bagged the winner from close range to send York into the final.
Captain Evan Tyson was named York’s man of the match after driving the team forward in the second half.
Manager Andy Swires said: “This was a fantastic result for York, whose never-say-die spirit overcame the odds.”
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