FC Halifax Town Under 19’s suffered an opening day defeat at home in Elland, succumbing 4-0 to AFC Fylde.
It was a valiant effort from a very youthful Halifax side, but Fylde’s quality, in the end proved too much for the Shaymen.
Fylde opened the scoring after just two minutes, when Rhys Long cut in from the left and picked out Finley Lynch inside the Halifax penalty area, who stroked the ball into the bottom right corner, beating Lewis Haley.
The visitors should have had a second just two minutes later. Owen Robinson latched on to a ball just outside the area, and chipped it over Hanley, however he was denied by the post, keeping the score at 1-0.
The Shaymen began to find their feet as the half progressed, with Dan Hernandes having a good opportunity. The midfielder picked up the ball 20 yards out and got away a shot that was heading for the bottom right corner, if not for a smart stop by Jack Boult.
In the 40th minute, Fylde had a golden opportunity to double their lead when Mossimo Ciccarelli brought down Finley Lynch in the area, leading to a Fylde penalty. Owen Robinson stepped forward to take it, however his good low strike was kept out with a brilliant stop by Lewis Haley.
Fylde started the second half in the same vein as they started the first and doubled their lead in the 50th minute. Owen Robinson was the scorer, as his free kick from 20 yards was fired into the top left corner.
The Coasters lead was then extended to three goals in the 58th minute, as Finley Lynch’s close-range effort was saved, but fell to striker Max McArphy who finished coolly from 10 yards out.
Finley Lynch then got in on the action again as he was played through in the 65th minute, and slotted past Hale to make it a 4-0 lead for the visitors.
With 20 minutes remaining, Fylde were reduced to 10 men after Harry Jones saw red for a two-footed lunge contesting a tackle, however the score remained the same, finishing FC Halifax Town 0-4 AFC Fylde.
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