Academy Strike Late To Secure Vital Away Win

The Young Lions made the trip up north to play a vital six pointer against a strong South Shields team on Wednesday and returned with a vital win in their quest for the title.

The game was played at the home of the famous Wallsend Boys Club who have produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Michael Carrick, Steve Bruce and numerous other successful professional players, another of whom is Graham Fenton who now manages the Youth team at South Shields.

Guiseley were under no illusions as to the size of the task that lay before them. The Young Lions started brightly but so too did their opponents.

For 94 minutes both teams attacked each other and the spectators were given a real treat. There was no score until the 70th minute when Guiseley substitute Robbie Fox received the ball on the wide right. He ran at the full-back, cut inside into the box and slotted the ball past the ‘keeper with a left-footed strike. What an impact this was from Fox.

As expected South Shields upped the pace of the game and started to dominate possession but the Guiseley boys still looked very dangerous on the counter. With six of the 90 minutes remaining South Shields got the equaliser.

At this point Guiseley were literally on the floor, some playing through injury and refusing to come off whilst others had run themselves into the ground. From somewhere the 11 players found the physical and mental energy to pick themselves up.

They got their reward on 88 minutes when Adam Haw chased down a pass back and then won the race to the ball out wide before producing a perfect cut-back to the edge of the box. This was met by Kieron Ceesay who showed great composure to slam the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to give take the Young Lions back the lead.

The players then showed great maturity to see the game out and win a vital three points in the race for the league title.

The Young Lions management team were over the moon with Dave Currie saying:”The players were unreal today. It required every player to bring their A game and they did. We spoke to the them last week about how talent and skill win games but hard work and commitment will enable them to progress and win titles.

“We told the players that they had to fully respect South Shields but that they should not fear them. Whilst nothing has been achieved it was now in our hands and three wins out of four games would secure back-to-back titles.

“There is still a lot of hard-work to be done though and the players know this but the players deserve massive credit for this performance.

They portrayed themselves and Guiseley AFC in such a positive light and Danny and I are immensely proud of every one of them.”

Of South Shields coach Danny Ellis said:”Huge respect goes to our opponents they are a very talented group who, despite the defeat, showed class in the way they conducted themselves at full-time. Today was however all about the Young Lions and the pride that they have for that shirt is second to none.”

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