YORK City under-19's will have the opportunity to defend their silverware after reaching the National League Football Academy League Cup final for the second year running.

Goals from Bill Marshall and Leon Gibson-Booth saw York's under-19's defeat Blyth Spartans 2-0 in the semi-finals yesterday afternoon, reaching the final for the second consecutive year.

An early injury to Blyth's Sam Nicholson after just five minutes forced the hosts into an early change of shape, before Marshall headed City ahead on 39 minutes.

But despite an even contest, it would be York that would solidify their lead after a timely finish from Gibson-Booth in the second-half, taking advantage of the ten-men Blyth after a red card was shown to the hosts.

Last season saw the young Minstermen defeat Woking to lift the cup at England's St George's Park, with Tim Ryan's side maintaining a 13-match unbeaten run after a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals last May.

The under-19's will now face Maidstone United at St George's Park on Wednesday, May 1, after the Stones edged past Aldershot Town in the semi-final with further details to be released shortly.