U18s: Durham 4 North Yorkshire 1

Durham move into second place
Posted by: allan

The game started cagily with both sides trying to come to terms with quite windy conditions and it was Durham who settled first when in the 6th minute a cross from the right found James Thomson on hand to net from close range. No sooner had the Durham lads took the lead when in the 8th minute a cross from North Yorkshire left held up in the wind and a forward nipped in at the near post to flick home to level the scores. With North Yorkshire looking dangerous from set plays an evenly contested first half ensued with Liam Robson at right back doing well to shackle North Yorkshire left winger who looked dangerous. The central defenders, Ryan Colquhoun and captain Nik Krokhin dealt with the attacks that came their way well. Joe Lockey at left back had little opportunity to show his attacking play in the first half as the wind pinned Durham back but he employed his excellent defensive skills to good effect. Despite the wind, Durham’s midfield quartet of mason Hurworth, Joe Ames, Jonny Langley and Joe Sloan closed the North Yorkshire lads down and played some excellent passes for James Thompson and Matthew Law to create openings in the North Yorkshire defence. The pace of the front two of Durham created problems for the opposition defence which found them difficult to deal with.

Half time came, and all three subs were thrown into the fray with the new central midfield of Matty Jackson & Stevie Black taking advantage of the wind and a tiring North Yorkshire midfield to get effect. Steven Johnson joined Matthew Law up front and like James Thompson before him was thorn in the side of the opposition defence. Durham came at North Yorkshire with a vengeance from the restart and in the 47th minute Matthew Law finished off a good move to make it 2-1. Seven minutes later the Durham side had a two-goal lead when Mason Hurworth finished with aplomb a cross from the left at the back post. Durham re-introduced their subs and the game was sealed in the 67th minute when Joe Sloan slotted home for Durham’s fourth. There was no further scoring with Durham comfortably seeing the game out. A pleasing win for the lads against good opposition in difficult conditions.