Harrogate lads win War of the Roses battle

North Yorkshire's Goalkeeper Craig MacGillvray Midfielder George Pickford, Centre Back Dillon Steele and Winger Aron Abassi. (S)
North Yorkshire's Goalkeeper Craig MacGillvray Midfielder George Pickford, Centre Back Dillon Steele and Winger Aron Abassi. (S)
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North Yorkshire U-18s took on and beat their Lancashire counterparts in the Northern County’s SFA final, writes Joshua Steele.

The match was a close affair from which North Yorkshire emerged victorious with a 1-0 win.

The result was thanks in no small part to representatives of the Harrogate and Craven district; goalkeeper Craig MacGillvray of Boroughbridge High School, midfielder George Pickford of St. Aidan’s Church of England High School, centre back Dillon Steele and winger Aron Abassi, both of St John Fisher Catholic High School.

The result was a perfect conclusion to the season as, led by manager Michael Mastorlonardo this year’s crop has become the most successful North Yorkshire County team in recent memory.

The victory held particular significance as the Lancashire team had only recently become ESFA National Champions, in which they defeated teams from all across England on their way to victory.

The game was a cagey affair, with the only goal coming after a free kick from North Yorkshire’s James DeCosemo was deflected into his own goal by Lancashire skipper Adam Freeland.

However local boy Craig MacGilvary played a huge part in keeping North Yorkshire ahead with a series of vital saves, not least from the penalty spot following a controversial decision.

North Yorkshire held on despite some late pressure from Lancashire, and were able to claim the title of Northern champions.