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Despite York’s domination throughout the women’s football, the hosts made it hard for themselves by missing a hatful of chances. Within the first five minutes, York’s Stewart almost converted from a nice pass by centre-forward Hooks and should have scored another, after a delightful run down the left wing.
Shortly afterwards, York’s centre-midfielder, Milner, almost scored a spectacular opener – controling and volleying the ball just past the top corner. A few minutes later, Milner shook the woodwork with a excellent effort outside the box. Milner, as well as Ballentyne (captain – who dictated the indoor football match) and Pugh, were superb during the match: effortlessy controling the almost non-existant Lancastrian midfield.
However, York failed to hit the net, and it was Lancaster who opened the scoring against the run of play, with a scrappy smash and grab finish.
Despite this set-back, York pressed on in the second half more than ever, in search of a goal. Lancaster eventually succumbed to York’s pressure mid way through the second half, as striker Hooks latched on to a loose ball and slotted it expertly into the corner.
Two minutes later, York took the lead with an almost identical goal – again Hooks was on hand to find the bottom corner. In spite of Lancaster’s brave efforts to get back into the game – and Lancaster’s fans singing “Lancaster la la la la” – York held on to clinch what should have been a comfortable victory.