Southport FC v York City FC
Report and pictures
by Sally Devine
Match held on August 16 2005
SOUTHPORT played their first game
at Haig Avenue last Tuesday night back in the Nationwide Conference
after promotion last year.Defeat on the opening day of the season
away to Dagenham and Redbridge 3-1, was followed by a torrid evening
against the Minstermen of York.
The Sandgrounders will find no easy games in this league and
struggled manfully to contain a committed and enthusiastic Yorkshire
side.The first goal arrived on the third minute, Joe O Neill scoring
from a free kick eight yards out.Southport levelled quickly when
Steve Daly lashed the ball into the net from the left after a
But York continued to press and on nineteen minutes went ahead after
Mark Convery converted a centre from Danny Mansaram.A further goal
before half time gave the visitors a comfortable lead to take into
the dressing room, Joe O Neill again on target with a header.
The pace and experience of the opposition caused Southport to make
mistakes and the defence floundered on several occasions with
defenders at sixes and sevens.
Kevin Leadbettter had two chances with shots that hit the side
netting and Sid Pickford spurned a good opportunity to redress the
balance.Krief left the field injured and nine minutes from time York
extended their lead when Joe O Neill grabbed the fourth giving him
his hat trick after another defensive error proved costly.
Final result was Southport 1 York 4
Southport Fc:- Dickinson; Lane; Fitzgerald; Kilbane; Davis; Baker;
Krief; Pickford; Leadbetter; Daly;Fearns.
York Fc:- Porter; Price; Peat; Panther; O'Neill; McClurk; Convery;
Hotte; Donaldson; Dunning; Mansaram
Goals:- O'Neill  Daly 
2 yellow cards each team.