Categories: General Date: 18/03/18 Title: U18s: Durham 3 South Yorkshire 0
Durham move into 2nd place
The Durham v South Yorkshire’ game had a bitter-sweet end as it had to be abandoned at half time due to a worrying injury to Durham goalkeeper Ryan Lumsden and it was only immediate and prompt attention by all concerned and rapid response from the emergency services which led to an immediate and full recovery for the player.
Durham were 3-0 in front at the time and all stakeholders decided that the result should stand. In blustery conditions Durham got off to a dream start as striker Jamie O’Brien chased the ball down from the South Yorkshire kick-off and robbed full back Sam Kirk. He then drove into the penalty to finish strongly past Jay Mellor in the South Yorkshire goal – all inside the first minute. South Yorkshire did not let this early setback faze them and immediately probed down the flanks through wide men Robbie Cowley and Sam Morley and forced a series of corner kicks.
Durham’s defensive trio of Jay Nicholson, Joe Blackbourne and Brad Moncur were strong and resolute in the face of a strong wind and Ryan Lumsden was quick off his line when necessary. On 12 minutes Billy Hall provided an exquisite finish with a powerful drive into the top corner of the South Yorkshire net after good build up play involving Callum Foster and Harry Outterside. Reece Blakey then hit a powerful strike just over the bar after weaving his way into the penalty area. Durham’s football was slick, precise and creative during these phases of play and they created numerous chances to go further ahead without being able to apply the killer touch and put the game out of reach.
Consequently, South Yorkshire refused to give up the game and from successive corner kicks Lumsden had to get a strong hand to the ball to palm it away to safety. However, it was Durham who had the lion’s share of the possession and Blakey, Foster, Kyle Davidson and Luke Collins all tested Mellor’s resolve but it was left to leading goalscorer O’Brien to bring the safety of a 3-goal cushion to the proceedings. Outterside and Hall linked up to play a dangerous ball into the penalty area and O’Brien bravely got in front of Mellor to make it 3-0 as half-time drew closer.
But there was still time for the horrendous accident which occurred in the Durham penalty area as the South Yorkshire forward challenged Lumsden for a loose ball high in the air and from the resulting collision Lumsden fell awkwardly and had to receive lengthy treatment and a hospital visit before being given the all clear.
For the Durham lads it was another successful day with a good result and a good performance and the eventual news that their teammate was on the mend.
Durham play Cleveland on Monday, March 19th their final game for a place in the semi-final of the Northern Counties Championship play-offs.
Substitutes used: Owen Brown (Framwellgate School), Nik Krokhin (Durham Johnston School), James Thompson (Monkwearmouth Academy), Fergus Hawes (Durham Johnston School)
Scorers: Jamie O'Brien 2, Billy Hall