SSFC Academy progress in another York shootout

SSFC Academy progress in another York shootout

South Shields Academy defeated York City on penalties for the second time in little over a month in the National League Academy Cup on Wednesday.

The Mariners got the better of York on spot-kicks in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup after a 1-1 draw at 1st Cloud Arena in October.

History repeated itself in the Academy Cup, with goalkeeper Callum Dobson again proving to be the hero as Shields battled into the second round of the competition.

The sides played out a 1-1 draw over the 90 minutes, with Blair Rossiter’s opener for the home side cancelled out by York as they forced a shootout.

It was an impressive display by the Mariners which left the coaching staff buoyed.

Academy coach Andy Inness said: “There are lots of positive things for us to reflect on.

“We kept the ball well at times, played through the thirds really well and adapted in a good way tactically.

“York’s set-up posed us a couple of problems and we had a chat about that at half-time. The players carried out our instructions very well in the second half, which was a much more controlled performance.”

Rossiter’s goal caught the eye, with the midfielder – linking up with the Academy as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury – latching onto a ball from Joao Gomes before picking out the bottom corner. It was a fine counter-attack by the Mariners which began on the edge of their own penalty area.

Dobson saved one York penalty and almost stopped two others as Shields emerged 4-3 winners on spot-kicks, sealing their progression in what is a prestigious national competition.

The influence of Rossiter and Gomes – both part of the first-team squad – proved particularly beneficial to the group.

Inness added: “Having Blair and Joao with us is great for the rest of the players because it outlines where they can aspire to be, with both of them having progressed through the Academy themselves.

“The way they prepare for the games and carry themselves is a lesson for the younger lads, as is their work-rate on the pitch and the intensity they play at.

“It’s a great learning curve for the players and having those two with us over the last couple of weeks has raised the standards and performance levels of the Academy group.”

In the college league, meanwhile, another Shields Academy team played out a 1-1 draw with Park View. The Mariners’ goal was scored by Joseph Armstrong.