Fleetwood fightback can’t halt march of in-form YMCA

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YMCA made it four wins out of four in the U15 Alpha Gold division but had to withstand a determined fightback by the Reds at St George’s Playing Fields.

Shaun Brooks’ high-flying YM side stormed into a three-goal lead only for the hosts to reduce the deficit to one goal and set up a thrilling finale.

Fleetwood Captain Samie Slim beats Kai Leyland to a header

Fleetwood Captain Samie Slim beats Kai Leyland to a header

YM took the lead after just five minutes with a back-post header by Carnon Dawson and the second was a carbon-copy by the same player half an hour later.

The visitors looked 
comfortable two goals up at half-time and the contest looked over when they added a third early in the second half, Craig Henderson volleying into the top corner from long-range.

However, the home side’s are showing fighting spirit since promotion to the tip tier and their heads didn’t drop.

They gave themselves hope when Jack Brooks volleyed home a searching cross.

And it was 3-2 with 10 minutes left, when midfielder Joe Pratt fired home left-footed from a goalmouth scramble.

The home side pressed for an equaliser and bombarded the YMCA penalty area, though the visitors held out despite a penalty shout for the Reds.

However, YMCA clinched victory in the last minute when Kai Leyland took on a couple of defenders before despatching his shot into the bottom corner.

Goalscorers Dawson and Leyland were YM’s outstanding pair, while keeper Billy Crellin was run close for the Reds man of the match award by captain Samie Slim, who has proved himself a natural leader in central midfield and in the heart of defence.

It has been a mixed start for Fleetwood at the higher level and manager Brooks said: “We’ve had some good results but haven’t really scored the goals to reflect how well we have played.”

YMCA manager Ian Kilgannon couldn’t have asked for a better start.

He said: “We were fourth last season and I think it will be the same top-four this time, though hopefully in a different order.

“I think it will be tighter at the top this season.”