Lancaster City U18 1-2 St Helens Town U18

Lancaster on the attack with Shaun Sailor.
Lancaster on the attack with Shaun Sailor.

The game started slowly with both sides fighting hard to take control of the midfield.

City switched off as St Helens took a throw-in on their right wing.

The ball was passed down the channel which caught the City defence out and they all failed to mark their men and were duly punished.

The shot was saved by Tom Hunt, who pushed the ball away, but again City’s defence were last to react to the ball running free in the box and the left winger put the ball into the open net.

This seemed to spur City on and they got their passing game together and made some good chances but could not take them.

After 35 minutes Cutts, Harrison and Harding played some neat passing and one-twos.

Luke Bradley squared the ball to Shaun Sailor, who chipped the keeper with a perfect lob.

Just before half-time Luke Bradley had another chance at goal but failed to convert it.

In the second half Lancaster pressed forward and continued to pass and play well.

Shaun Sailor had yet another chance but was forced wide by the defender.

After a couple of minor injuries City were forced to make a few changes.

Tom Coultard was pushed up from right back, he then found himself racing through on to a loose ball and bravely went in for a 50-50 with the keeper and was unlucky not to score.

St Helens’ goalkeeper was being kept busy and made about four consecutive saves within one minute but City again failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

With five minutes to go all of City’s possession and chances were thrown out of the window as St Helen’s had a rare half chance,.

They brought the ball down the right wing and crossed the ball into City’ goalmouth.

City’s centre half sliced his clearance and put the ball in his own net to hand the visitors the victory.

Man of the match: James Fielding.