U18s: Durham 3 North Yorkshire 0
Durham progress into Round 2
In only their second competitive game of the season Durham U18s marched into the next round of the ESFA National Trophy with a well-earned 3-0 victory over a hard-working North Yorkshire side.
Durham took the game to their spirited opponents from the start and created a wave of opportunities which their forwards did not exploit. The midfield trio of Luke Bailey, Dan Mitchell and Kyle Davidson dominated their opponents and the movement of Jay Redman at the front of the midfield diamond helped Andrei Ardelean and Dan Maddison to get into scoring opportunities on a number of occasions and a mix of a lack of composure in the penalty area, good goalkeeping and dogged defending kept the scoreline blank. Bailey brought an excellent save from North Yorkshire goalkeeper Jordan Harding who was also tested by Redman with successive shots as Durham continued to dominate play. However, it was down to full back Tom Joyce to show his strikers the way to goal with a speculative shot which took a deflection and wrong-footed Harding to put Durham into the lead which they carried into the half time break. At the other end, North Yorkshire striker Josh Pierce and left winger Tom Gilroy were causing problems with strong runs beyond the Durham defenders as they tried to provide an instant response to Durham’s lead. Although Durham had to work hard and they had an element of good fortune, in reality it was one of goalkeeper Kieran Stoker’s quieter games as the players in front of him put in a hard shift and he was quick off his line to clear any danger from balls played over the top of his defence.
Both the scoreline and the pattern of play continued as the game resumed after the break and the Durham forwards still could not convert any of the chances that fell their way. North Yorkshire threw more men forward in an attempt get a foothold in the game but found the Durham rearguard of Tom Joyce, Nathan Kett, Jake McCardle and Callum Webster strong and resolute. In the 65th minute Redman was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and from the resulting free kick he astutely picked out Maddison at the near post whose glancing header crept across the line to give Durham the comfort of a 2-0 lead. Billy Hall came into the right-hand side of midfield; Steven Taylor came into the number 10 role; Sam Steele replaced the injured Dan Mitchell; and Trent McMenam came in to maintain the defensive strength and provide fresh legs right across the team. It was down to the hardworking partnership of Redman and Maddison to finally secure the lead when Redman jinked his way into the penalty area to play in Maddison who turned his defender and slotted the ball past Harding for his second and Durham’s third goal. This effectively finished off North Yorkshire and put Durham into the next round of the competition.
Durham now have a tie against Cumbria game and can be confident of progressing if they continue to combine focus, effort and ability in the way that they have in the earlier part of the season.
- Kieron Stoker (Sunderland College)
- Tom Joyce (St Thomas More RC), Callum Webster (Carmel College); Nathan Kett (QE College), Jake McCardle (Gateshead College)
- Luke Bailey (St John’s RC), Jayven Redman (Sunderland College), Kyle Davidson (Carmel College), Dan Mitchell (St Aidan’s Catholic Academy)
- Andrei Ardelean (New College), Dan Maddison (St Joseph’s Catholic Academy)
Substitutes used: Trent McMenam (New College), Steven Taylor (QE College), Billy Hall (St Bede’s RC)
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