City v Daisy Hill


City started the day 28 points ahead of their visitors and yet, ironically, there were probably a few nerves ahead of the game as Daisy Hill’s recent form was better than City’s. Kyle Townsley returned in goal, and also coming back in were Taylor, Earl and Renyard.

The game started in end-to-end fashion with Slack’s header forcing a save from Leather, and a Daisy Hill free-kick from Iley saved comfortably by Townsley. The pattern continued in these early stages as City won a free-kick in a dangerous area, but Renyard’s shot was saved by Leather. In the 12th minute, Townsley was alert to save a shot from Worrall.

In the 15th minute, the visitors took the lead as a left-wing corner was headed in by Iley for his 9th goal of the season. This certainly seemed to rock City and they were lucky not to concede further in the next few moments, as Townsley saved from Stott and Worrall was close to adding a second on 20 minutes. However, just two minutes later, an excellent cross from Simpson was headed in by Slack for his second goal in successive league games.

The equaliser seemed to allow City to regain their composure and McCartney saw his shot blocked with Renyard firing too high after 33 minutes. The visitors were still dangerous on the break and Townsley had to save Iley’s 35th-minute free-kick. City were ahead for the first time after 36 minutes as a free-kick dropped to Shiel 25 yards out and his speculative effort flew over Leather, who seemed slightly too far off his line.
Daisy Hill tried to respond and Iley’s free-kick was just wide but, at the other end, Pearson’s shot was deflected for a corner. As the rain started to fall more heavily, City scored twice more in the spell just before half-time. The third goal was finished neatly by Renyard and, on the stroke of half-time, Taylor headed in his 5th goal of the season.


The first action of the second half saw Renyard firing over in the 52nd minute before Townsley was again in action, to deny Stott. This was still a very entertaining game as Slack’s well-hit drive was athletically pushed over by Leather, with Renyard firing wide from the resulting corner.

On the hour, it was 5-1 as McCartney’s right-wing cross was calmly finished by Renyard, for his second of the game. City then made a change as Blair came on for Shiel. It was to Daisy Hill’s credit that they kept plugging away and the prolific Stott made it 5-2 in the 65th minute with his 8th goal in just 6 games. Leather then saved well from McCartney, and Earl received the first booking of the game.

In the 70th minute it was 5-3 with an excellent goal, as Farrington’s fierce drive flew past Townsley from 30 yards. The visitors now probably sensed a way back into the game, but this only lasted for sixty seconds before leading scorer McCartney lashed his shot past Leather. The second City change saw Addison make his first appearance of the season, in place of Earl. City substitute Blair could have had a five-minute hat-trick but he saw one shot hit the post, another saved well by Leather and then a header fly over the bar. City’s second booking of the game went to Taylor after a foul on half-way, and the final change saw Heath on for McCartney.
It could have been seven but Armstrong’s flicked header was cleared off the line, and Simpson saw his shot saved by Leather.

TEAMS- CITY- Townsley, Jake Simpson, Pearson, Taylor, Greenslade, Armstrong, Shiel, Earl, McCartney, Slack, Renyard SUBS- Blair, Addison, Heath, Ballantyne, Hoolickin

DAISY HILL- Leather, Fairhurst, Jurjevic, Farrington, Hussey, Farnworth, Prescott, Worrall, Iley, Stott, Ramwell SUBS- Wilkinson, Khasa, Entwistle

STAR MEN- Renyard (City), Farrington (Daisy Hill)

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