YORK & District Schoolboys Under-14s lost a sixth consecutive game, going down 4-0 at Sheffield in their regional league.

The visitors had a tough time in the first half, going two down playing uphill and against the wind, before twice being undone after the break by quick counter-attacks.

Sheffield started strongly, using the long ball to their advantage and keeping York's back four of Olly Brooks-Humphrey, Will Hotson, Evan Turbine and Tom Coy busy. The back line were able to restrict Sheffield to half-chances early on.

But Sheffield went ahead on 10 minutes after breaking through the defence to beat keeper Louis Powell at his near post.

York's response was positive and they competed well in the midfield battle, with Adam Guilfoyle and Ellis Cattaneo pressing their opposing numbers and feeding through balls for the forward players to latch onto.

Sheffield defended set-pieces very well and restricted York to minor opportunities which were easily dealt with by the home keeper.

One of his clearances - with the aid of a tail wind - carried to the edge of York's penalty area where a striker's clean effort made it 2-0 after 25 minutes.

Sheffield pressed hard for a third but Powell kept the York within reach at half-time.

York battled through the second half and had efforts through Callum Thorpe, Archie Colley and Matthew Dawes could not penetrate.

The hosts were quick on the counter, scoring on 54 and 67 minutes, to send York - who battled to the final whistle - back home without a point.

York's man of the match was Ellis Cattaneo.