Pools Youth Team showed great character as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at York City in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.
John Hewitson’s men conceded an early goal to their hosts but did not let that deter them as they enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages despite being one down.
Liam Travers and Connor Simpson both had chances to draw Pools level but it was Lewis Orrell who finally found the net on fifteen minutes when he looping cross to the back post caught the keeper out and went straight in.
However, there was a further setback for Pools when a back pass to keeper Scott Moloney took a terrible bobble and a bad first touch allowed the City forward to nip in and restore the hosts’ lead.
Again Pools responded well though; Travers and Jordan Fielding both hit the cross bar and the York keeper also made a great save to deny Fielding again as he followed up a Travers’ shot.
A set-piece from the training ground helped Pools get back on level terms again before the break; Orrell delivered a fine ball in to Simpson and his powerful header flew in to the back of the net.
Pools could even have been in front before the half time whistle but some fine, last-gasp defending on the line from City prevented Travers’ volley finding the back of the net when a goal looked certain.
There was more dominance from Hewitson’s youngsters in the second half too; a fine counter-attack involving Travers, Liam Pritchard and Orrell saw the latter go through on goal, round the keeper but then just fail to apply the finishing touch.
Pritchard then flicked on an excellent cross from Simpson in to the path of Ryan Robinson but again Pools let City off the hook by letting the chance pass.
However, Pools weren’t to be denied an in the final minute of normal time a wonderful pass from Orrell set Travers through on goal and he produced a neat lob to make it 3-2.
“The patience and character shown by the lads was excellent,” Hewitson beamed afterwards.
“We created so many chances we really could have been out of sight but to keep on going in search of the winner showed a great mentality.
“It was great to see Under 16s on the pitch getting game time, while Travers, Weirs and Orrell were out stand-out performers on the day.”
Full Time: York City 2 Pools 3
Pools: Moloney, Boyle (Bayne 90), Cooper, Orrell, Holliday, Fielding (Pritchard 63), Robinson, Weirs, Travers, Jackson, Simpson.
Subs not used: Young