Young Lions dash Bradford City hopes in FA Youth Cup

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Oliver McBurnie gets in a shot for City’s youngsters during their 3-0 loss to Millwall in the FA Youth Cup third round at Valley Parade Oliver McBurnie gets in a shot for City’s youngsters during their 3-0 loss to Millwall in the FA Youth Cup third round at Valley Parade

City Youth 0, Millwall Youth 3

City’s under-18s saw their season’s proud unbeaten run ended by Millwall in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

The loss was the first of the season for City’s apprentices after they had gone 16 league and cup games undefeated from the start of this campaign.

Despite enjoying the better of the play in the first period, Alfie Pavey’s opener on the stroke of half-time undeservedly sent the Bantams in at the break behind.

Further goals from wingers John-Prince Rylah and Fred Onyedinma after the interval during a more even second period sealed the tie in favour of the Lions.

City made most of the running in the early exchanges and created the vast majority of chances during an impressive opening half hour.

A number of the openings came via the boot of Callum Chippendale, who had passed a late fitness tests on a shoulder injury to partner Oliver McBurnie in attack.

City skipper Jack Stockdill did receive a booking, however, for a late challenge on Ritchie Danquae seven minutes before half-time.

But after leading from the front during most of the opening period, City harshly found themselves behind in the final minute of the half.

Defender James King’s attempted back-pass to Jack Bentley was unfortunately underhit, allowing Pavey to run on to the ball and slot past the goalkeeper on the stroke of half-time.

Pavey then turned provider in the second period when he played in Rylah for a sight of goal and the winger finished high into the net from around ten yards out in the 69th minute.

City youth team boss Steve Thornber made changes shortly after Millwall’s second goal, with attackers Reece Webb-Foster and Joe Brennan being brought on.

Millwall were reduced to ten men with just over eight minutes to go when skipper Sid Nelson was given his second booking for a foul on Nathan Curtis.

The red card came during a slightly heated period in the game, with sections of the sizeable home support clearly not happy with some of the tackling on show from the visitors.

City’s third and final change came with four minutes to go when Sam Wright was replaced by Danny Devine.

The Bantams pushed hard for a way back into the contest right into injury time but, with a number of bodies forward on one particular attack, they were caught on the break.

Onyedinma led the breakaway as he strode forward before slotting past Bentley to put an unfair gloss on the scoreline.

City Youth: Bentley, Hepworth (Brennan 73), King, Pollard, Heaton, Mottley-Henry (Webb-Foster 73), Wright (Devine 86), Stockdill, Curtis, Chippendale, McBurnie. Subs (not used): Barker, Jenkinson.

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7:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

spleen ventor says...

Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future.
City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break.
In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3.
All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years!
Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future. City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break. In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3. All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years! spleen ventor

8:36am Wed 18 Dec 13

KnightMcCall says...

Got to agree with Speen Ventor. City played really well in the first half and Millwall seemed more interested in dirty tactics which the yong bantams did really well to stand up to. How it was a City player getting booked after a couple of dreafull millwall challenges just reminded me of watching the 1st team. Ref as utterly dreadful.

The City lads should just accept it as part of the learning experience. They didn't create enough really and Millwall scored with 3 out of the 4 chances they had. It saddens me that Millwall are coaching their youngsters to be arrogant and dirty. At least three off the ball incidents missed by the dumpy ref; all three would have been red cards had any of the officials bothered to keep their eyes open.
Got to agree with Speen Ventor. City played really well in the first half and Millwall seemed more interested in dirty tactics which the yong bantams did really well to stand up to. How it was a City player getting booked after a couple of dreafull millwall challenges just reminded me of watching the 1st team. Ref as utterly dreadful. The City lads should just accept it as part of the learning experience. They didn't create enough really and Millwall scored with 3 out of the 4 chances they had. It saddens me that Millwall are coaching their youngsters to be arrogant and dirty. At least three off the ball incidents missed by the dumpy ref; all three would have been red cards had any of the officials bothered to keep their eyes open. KnightMcCall

9:02am Wed 18 Dec 13

minkiebantam says...

It may sound sour grapes from the above 1st two comments, BUT. I was there as well and can concur that poor refs and time wasting tatics run all the way down the age tiers it seems.
City youngsters looked good at times, with some nice passing, but they were bullied and barged around by a big Milwall setup. I missed the 1st 10 mins of the game, but was told the big lad in the middle for Millwall should have been booked already and he comntinued to commit foul after foul with no response from the useless fat controller. They had the captain sent off (rightfully) near the end, but could have had at least 2 or three sent off, for off and on the ball challenges.
All in all, i enjoyed my 1st look at the future (if there not all sold off in Jan!!?) of Bradford City.
CTID!
It may sound sour grapes from the above 1st two comments, BUT. I was there as well and can concur that poor refs and time wasting tatics run all the way down the age tiers it seems. City youngsters looked good at times, with some nice passing, but they were bullied and barged around by a big Milwall setup. I missed the 1st 10 mins of the game, but was told the big lad in the middle for Millwall should have been booked already and he comntinued to commit foul after foul with no response from the useless fat controller. They had the captain sent off (rightfully) near the end, but could have had at least 2 or three sent off, for off and on the ball challenges. All in all, i enjoyed my 1st look at the future (if there not all sold off in Jan!!?) of Bradford City. CTID! minkiebantam

10:17am Wed 18 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

spleen ventor wrote:
Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future.
City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break.
In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3.
All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years!
You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football?
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future. City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break. In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3. All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years![/p][/quote]You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football? Peter300

10:48am Wed 18 Dec 13

claret or green ? says...

Peter300 wrote:
spleen ventor wrote:
Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future.
City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break.
In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3.
All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years!
You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football?
If you need it explaining to you Peter, SV was using a metaphor when he referred to watching the City kids as "a glimpse into the future", I also went down to cheer the kids on, did you ? His summing up of the dirty Millwall tactics and the inept referee was sound. Millwall, when coming up against stronger opposition and ref in future rounds will be lucky to keep 8 or 9 players on the pitch and for City it was a game they can learn from in their development. But as for you Peter, is that really the best you can come up with in your default criticise mode ? I think you need to remember it is the season of goodwill, so either get back to the doctors for some stronger tablets are just effing put a sock in it for a couple of weeks eh ?
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future. City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break. In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3. All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years![/p][/quote]You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football?[/p][/quote]If you need it explaining to you Peter, SV was using a metaphor when he referred to watching the City kids as "a glimpse into the future", I also went down to cheer the kids on, did you ? His summing up of the dirty Millwall tactics and the inept referee was sound. Millwall, when coming up against stronger opposition and ref in future rounds will be lucky to keep 8 or 9 players on the pitch and for City it was a game they can learn from in their development. But as for you Peter, is that really the best you can come up with in your default criticise mode ? I think you need to remember it is the season of goodwill, so either get back to the doctors for some stronger tablets are just effing put a sock in it for a couple of weeks eh ? claret or green ?

10:53am Wed 18 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I think the 'sharpening his studs' comment prior to the match may have been actually true by the Millwall captain, SId Nelson.

I was also there last night and although we dominated possession and created more chances we never really tested their keeper. The scoreline flatters Millwall though as the first was a poor backpass, the second an okayish goal but the third was a breakaway in stoppage time and this was with us trying to drag ourselves back into it.

As someone said above, it will be a good learning process for the lads as we see often, you don't always get what you deserve in football, especially if you are relying on rotund, useless, myopic part timers to try and balance a game up fairly.

My one observation of the game was the lad on our right, no 7, was having more success when given the ball than the lad on the left, no 11 yet the 7 was subbed. He didn't appear to be carrying an injury, in fact he had only just skinned there left back twice in a minute before being taken off. I don't remember the 11 going past his man once or keeping possession that well all night.
I think the 'sharpening his studs' comment prior to the match may have been actually true by the Millwall captain, SId Nelson. I was also there last night and although we dominated possession and created more chances we never really tested their keeper. The scoreline flatters Millwall though as the first was a poor backpass, the second an okayish goal but the third was a breakaway in stoppage time and this was with us trying to drag ourselves back into it. As someone said above, it will be a good learning process for the lads as we see often, you don't always get what you deserve in football, especially if you are relying on rotund, useless, myopic part timers to try and balance a game up fairly. My one observation of the game was the lad on our right, no 7, was having more success when given the ball than the lad on the left, no 11 yet the 7 was subbed. He didn't appear to be carrying an injury, in fact he had only just skinned there left back twice in a minute before being taken off. I don't remember the 11 going past his man once or keeping possession that well all night. Prisoner Cell Block A

2:53pm Wed 18 Dec 13

JasRodgers says...

As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch.
As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch. JasRodgers

3:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

Peter300 wrote:
spleen ventor wrote: Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future. City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break. In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3. All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years!
You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football?
You tell us Peter your the fan with the football knowledge, I too was there last night and agree with most of whats posted above including the poor referee, he would not have been out of place on Emsley's Rec refing a Sunday morning game, so come on Pete name the youth players you think will make professional careers in football, heres the team that played last night not that you would not know!!.
Bentley, Hepworth , Pollard, Wright, Heaton,King, Mottley-Henry, Stockdill, McBurnie, Chippendale, Curtis.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Thought I'd have a wander down for a glimpse into the future. City started really brightly playing some wonderful football with slick passing and link up play, unfortunately they couldn't get the all important break through and then were undone right on half time with a Millwall break. In the second half despite their tender years, the opposition were well schooled in being dirty, cheating timewasters and the referee totally useless in clamping down on their tactics....final score 0-3. All in all...just like watching the first team for the last 40 odd years![/p][/quote]You say the future, but from your vast knowledge and experience over numerous years, how many of the young players on view last night will be at City in three years time? How many will have careers in professional football?[/p][/quote]You tell us Peter your the fan with the football knowledge, I too was there last night and agree with most of whats posted above including the poor referee, he would not have been out of place on Emsley's Rec refing a Sunday morning game, so come on Pete name the youth players you think will make professional careers in football, heres the team that played last night not that you would not know!!. Bentley, Hepworth , Pollard, Wright, Heaton,King, Mottley-Henry, Stockdill, McBurnie, Chippendale, Curtis. nowt fresh

4:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mick, Cleckheaton says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
I think the 'sharpening his studs' comment prior to the match may have been actually true by the Millwall captain, SId Nelson.

I was also there last night and although we dominated possession and created more chances we never really tested their keeper. The scoreline flatters Millwall though as the first was a poor backpass, the second an okayish goal but the third was a breakaway in stoppage time and this was with us trying to drag ourselves back into it.

As someone said above, it will be a good learning process for the lads as we see often, you don't always get what you deserve in football, especially if you are relying on rotund, useless, myopic part timers to try and balance a game up fairly.

My one observation of the game was the lad on our right, no 7, was having more success when given the ball than the lad on the left, no 11 yet the 7 was subbed. He didn't appear to be carrying an injury, in fact he had only just skinned there left back twice in a minute before being taken off. I don't remember the 11 going past his man once or keeping possession that well all night.
The number 7 had an excellent first half showing both trickery and pace and the Millwall defence could hardly handle him. For some reason he didn't get as much of the ball second half and I was as mystified as you when they took him off. I thought he linked up very well with the right back in the first half and he was taken off as well at the same time.

Couldn't agree more about "hissing Sid", nothing more than a thug.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: I think the 'sharpening his studs' comment prior to the match may have been actually true by the Millwall captain, SId Nelson. I was also there last night and although we dominated possession and created more chances we never really tested their keeper. The scoreline flatters Millwall though as the first was a poor backpass, the second an okayish goal but the third was a breakaway in stoppage time and this was with us trying to drag ourselves back into it. As someone said above, it will be a good learning process for the lads as we see often, you don't always get what you deserve in football, especially if you are relying on rotund, useless, myopic part timers to try and balance a game up fairly. My one observation of the game was the lad on our right, no 7, was having more success when given the ball than the lad on the left, no 11 yet the 7 was subbed. He didn't appear to be carrying an injury, in fact he had only just skinned there left back twice in a minute before being taken off. I don't remember the 11 going past his man once or keeping possession that well all night.[/p][/quote]The number 7 had an excellent first half showing both trickery and pace and the Millwall defence could hardly handle him. For some reason he didn't get as much of the ball second half and I was as mystified as you when they took him off. I thought he linked up very well with the right back in the first half and he was taken off as well at the same time. Couldn't agree more about "hissing Sid", nothing more than a thug. Mick, Cleckheaton

4:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s.
Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s. nowt fresh

4:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

JasRodgers wrote:
As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch.
I disagree.

The City youth team played a lot of football through the centre with short one two passing, mainly in the first half. They also got it out the right hand side and looked dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]JasRodgers[/bold] wrote: As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I disagree. The City youth team played a lot of football through the centre with short one two passing, mainly in the first half. They also got it out the right hand side and looked dangerous. Prisoner Cell Block A

5:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

JasRodgers wrote:
As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch.
Your not the Bradford Lion by any chance ??.
[quote][p][bold]JasRodgers[/bold] wrote: As a neutral supporter at the game last night I would like to congratulate both teams for there efforts in what I felt was a real cup game performance from both sides. My opinion of the game was that Bradford played very much in the style of there 1st team Crash! Bang! Whallop! Set piece! Long throw! Set piece! playing the game with more braun than guile or quality. It look to me that Millwall stood up to the bully boy tactics of Bradford and were the stronger team as Bradford run out of steam or possibly heart 2nd half, showing more quality in attack and eventually running out comfortable winners. Bradford as I said early should be really pleased with there efforts but seemed like they expected Millwall to roll over, when they applied get it forward pressure football, but Millwall where just made of sterner stuff. After all they are tuff London kids!! I agree it was a night of development for both teams. Have to say some of the abuse directed at the players from the terraces was as bad as some of the tackles both teams dished out on the pitch.[/p][/quote]Your not the Bradford Lion by any chance ??. nowt fresh

5:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Pablo says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s.
Ah, "back peddling" Tom Flockett! Rarely tackled, just back peddled.

I used to work at Valley Parade in my school holidays. In training, the players used to run around the perimeter of the pitch. All of them lapped normally, with the exception of Tom, who ran backwards! We used to howl with laughter.

Was last night's no 5 as ugly as Tom? I recall he used to work in Rawson Market during the close season, as a porter. Happy days!
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah, "back peddling" Tom Flockett! Rarely tackled, just back peddled. I used to work at Valley Parade in my school holidays. In training, the players used to run around the perimeter of the pitch. All of them lapped normally, with the exception of Tom, who ran backwards! We used to howl with laughter. Was last night's no 5 as ugly as Tom? I recall he used to work in Rawson Market during the close season, as a porter. Happy days! Pablo

5:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

Pablo wrote:
nowt fresh wrote: Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s.
Ah, "back peddling" Tom Flockett! Rarely tackled, just back peddled. I used to work at Valley Parade in my school holidays. In training, the players used to run around the perimeter of the pitch. All of them lapped normally, with the exception of Tom, who ran backwards! We used to howl with laughter. Was last night's no 5 as ugly as Tom? I recall he used to work in Rawson Market during the close season, as a porter. Happy days!
Yes unfortunately for him he was a dead ringer for Tom, Tom didn't need to tackle he just gave the winger one look and he passed the ball to a team mate.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Any one out there who went last night old enough to remember "Tom Flockett ? there number 5 was a dead ringer same hair style as well a right throw back from the late 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah, "back peddling" Tom Flockett! Rarely tackled, just back peddled. I used to work at Valley Parade in my school holidays. In training, the players used to run around the perimeter of the pitch. All of them lapped normally, with the exception of Tom, who ran backwards! We used to howl with laughter. Was last night's no 5 as ugly as Tom? I recall he used to work in Rawson Market during the close season, as a porter. Happy days![/p][/quote]Yes unfortunately for him he was a dead ringer for Tom, Tom didn't need to tackle he just gave the winger one look and he passed the ball to a team mate. nowt fresh

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