FC Halifax U19s lost 5-0 on Wednesday night as they travelled to The Highbury Stadium to face Fleetwood Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.
Three goals in the first half for Fleetwood showed the dominance they had with the ball and chances created. Then two late goals in a minute showed how much the young Shaymen improved in the second half.
On a chilly evening over in Lancashire under the lights Town started well cancelling out any attack the home side had. It took 15 minutes before Fleetwood had a clear cut chance, when a free header at the back post was saved well by Zak Taylor.
Two minutes later Sam Barrett half volleyed his chance to break the deadlock, the centre half putting it away a few yards out from goal.
Town keeper Zak Taylor kept it at 1-0 for a bit longer as he pulled off a great save on the half hour mark. Taylor was able to leap across his goal and palm over a fine glancing header from a Fleetwood striker to keep his in the game.
Seven minutes later Fleetwood doubled their advantage. After building up on the left wing a good cross came in and found Carl Johnston at the back post. His header was placed perfectly it just sneaking inside the post giving Taylor no chance on getting over to it.
The young Shaymen’s best chance of the game came just before the break for right back David Abubakar ran onto a flick on from Jean-Jacques Kirengozi, Abubakar carried the ball into the box looking to find the far corner but his shot just missed the far post.
From the resulting goal-kick Fleetwood got their third of the game on the stroke of half-time. James Hill got himself higher than the Town defence to get his name on the score sheet and pull of a celebration similar to Michael Duckworth’s against Sutton. Must be an admirer.
As the second half started Town came out looking to play more direct and quickly, and it almost worked for Town. Kirengozi, Gary Da Costa and Mohammed Subriani all had chances to get a shot away in a bit of a scramble, just after the break.
Taylor continued to perform well in-between the sticks. Taylor made a couple of good saves to keep it at 3-0. Heading into the last few minutes at The Highbury Stadium neither side could say they had a clear cut chance.
As the clocked ticked into the 90th minute Fleetwood got a fourth and a fifth in a minute. Joe Collins and Cian Hayes stuck quickly for the home side to round of the game.
Zak Taylor, David Abubakar, Macauley Smith (C), Euan Brown, Josh Harrison, Matthew Rowson, Patrick Grooms, Jean-Jacques Kirengozi, Mohammed Subriani Gary Da Costa, Mousab Aliyu
Callum Bromley, Josh Caan, Morgan Butcher, Nick Crance, Tyler Foster, Ibrar Farooq, Lennon O’Grady
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