A YORK City academy graduate celebrated winning the African Confederation Cup over the weekend.

Ryan Edmondson, who began his professional career with York in 2017, helped guide Central Coast Mariners to a 1-0 victory over Al-Ahed on Sunday afternoon for a second trophy of the season.

The striker completed a permanent switch to Australia to link up with former coach Mark Jackson after a spell in Sky Bet League One with Carlisle United, playing a pivotal role in two trophies early into his Mariners career.

An 84th minute strike from substitute Alou Kuol saw Central Coast Mariners defeat Al-Ahed in their return to the AFC Cup, having last played in the competition in 2015, with Jackson’s side surpassing Abdish-Ata, Odisha FC, Macarthur FC, Phnom Penh, Stallion Laguana FC, Terengganu, and Bali United in the build-up to the final.

Edmondson started the match in the striker position for Central Coast Mariners before being replaced by the eventual match-winner Kuol in the 63rd minute, with the former City youngster making his 19th appearance of the season having bagged five goals for the club.

The 22-year-old began his career with the Minstermen in 2015, before being rewarded for his impressive efforts with a first-team debut in a 2-1 victory over Brackley Town in October 2017.

It would be Edmondson’s only appearance for the first-team, having become the club’s third youngest-ever player, before going on to earn a move into the EFL with Leeds United.

Edmondson went on to primarily feature in cup competitions for Leeds, before having spells with Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Fleetwood Town, Port Vale and Carlisle, winning promotion with the Cumbrians in 2023.

The forward will now look to complete the treble with the Mariners, as Edmondson's side prepare for the first of a two-legged clash with Sydney FC in the A-League Men's semi-final.