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REVIEW | York City 1-1 Wrexham AFC

The Minstermen gave the Red Dragons the blues late on.

4 December 2022

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REVIEW | York City 1-1 Wrexham AFC

The Minstermen gave the Red Dragons the blues late on.

4 December 2022

Tom O’Connor’s seemingly last-gasp overhead winner was soon cancelled out in stoppage time via a soul-destroying deflected effort from fellow substitute Manny Duku.

Although no goals were scored for the best part of 90 minutes and clear-cut chances weren’t constant, the game was in fact a good spectacle. 

The blue shirted Red Dragons had the brighter start to the game, with the most notable chance falling to Elliot Lee in the sixth minute, but his mistimed jump led to a header well off target.  

The return of Anthony Forde to the starting line-up was an added bonus for Wrexham, as he relentlessly found himself on the ball on the right-wing, with the ability to whip in accurate crosses. 

As the adrenaline of Wrexham’s start slowly ebbed away, York were able to dust themselves down having suffered no loss and start creating their own chances. 

This is were the feeling of a tit-for-tat game arose and remained constant for the entirety, embodied by the events at the end.

Watching Wrexham in the second half would constantly have you slightly raised out of your chair. This is because of the vast number of times we almost broke through the backline to run through on goal. Whether it came from a quick Howard kick out of his hands, or Elliot Lee turning and piercing away from his man to attempt to slot a ball through the York defence.  

Lee’s ability on the ball does not go unnoticed, but it must be remarked on how good his first touch is in tight scenarios, to then have the ability to swivel past his defender and ease away from him with his nippy pace. It’s uncommon for a central attacking midfielder to have bundles of speed, but this is one of many qualities that Lee possesses. 

The feeling couldn’t help grow that one moment would just click and one side would steal the game in the dying embers. 

There was no through ball or one-yard tap-in when the moment eventually came... Just an overhead kick from our substitute midfielder. 

Tom O’Connor rotated his body, facing away from goal, to slot home an extraordinary acrobatic effort, to secure what seemed to be an 89th minute winner for the Red Dragons in blue. 

The Irishman, moving away from the York goal inside their box, watched Lenell John-Lewis' off-balanced header fly right across the box to him. Allowing the ball to move past his right-foot, he flung his left foot at the ball, as it bounced on the City line and into the back of the net. 

After the sheer brilliance of O’Connor, Wrexham would have to bring themselves back down to planet Earth and see out the seven minutes of stoppage time. 

However, fellow substitute Manny Duku sunk Wrexham hearts a couple of minutes later with his first touch of the game, as his deflected effort rose into the upper echelons of Mark Howard’s net. 

John Lewis had controlled the ball following an Ethan Ross goal kick and ushered a through ball to the on-running substitute. Jacob Mendy had seemed to catch-up with Duke, even though back-pedalling for an instant, as he lunged a foot in to attempt to deflect the ball. Instead, his foot acted as a springboard and the ball ignited extra revolutions to loop into Howard’s net to pure delight for the home side. 

Both sides had their appeals throughout the match for penalties, but the referee was unmoved for any and the televised game ended 1-1. 

Following Notts County’s 4-1 away win over Scunthorpe United, the Magpies moved back into first and the dreaded topsy-turvy nature of leading the table is currently coming into fruition. 

 

 


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