Academy progress in the Cup

North Ferrriby United U18s 0 – 2 Guiseley AFC Academy

Guiseley AFC’s Under 18s faced the ominous task of the trip east along the M62 to the 1st team’s old adversaries North Ferriby United. Although we had never met before at youth level we knew we were in for a tough match.

The young Lions’ line-up had changed dramatically from last season with not one of the starting eleven that featured against Bury eligible to play last night. It was a nervous start from both teams with North Ferriby settling the better of the two. However in 12 mins Jacob Brown slid through a perfectly weighted pass through to Lamar Lindo who struck it low into the corner of the Ferriby net. This early goal seems to spur Ferriby on and they began to get a hold of the game, putting the Young Lions defence under pressure. Greg Moorhouse pulled off a wonder save just before half-time, pushing a powerful drive over the bar to keep Guiseley in front at half-time.

The second half saw a more determined Guiseley performance. With North Ferriby having players who had the ability to hurt us concentration was the key. As the half progressed Guiseley began to create a little more and this time the Ferriby keeper had to pull off a great save from Lindo. In 74 minutes big Lamar made it 2-0 after he finished off expertly after a great penetrating run and pass from the lively Stephen Smith. The players then began to relax once the two goal cushion sunk had in. Passing, movement and confidence was now evident and the youngsters finished the game the better side.

So in the end a victory which could have been very different if it wasn’t for the clinical finishing of Lamar and the solid defending as a team in the 2nd half. North Ferriby United were a credit to themselves
and will maybe a little aggrieved and disappointed. On another day they could won but tonight belonged to Guiseley AFC’s Young Lions.

Next up for the Academy is a home tie at Nethermoor this Wednesday (17th) against local rivals Farsley, with a 2pm kick-off.