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Avenue edge derby honours in Horsfall friendly
Park Avenue 3, City 1
Spectacular first-half goals from Rob O’Brien and Matty James helped Park Avenue to victory in tonight’s Tom Banks Memorial match.
City boss Phil Parkinson included four trialists in Marc Gallego, Jack Mills, Gavin Hoolahan and an unnamed winger, who impressed before being replaced in the 66th minute.
Goalkeeper Matt Duke and summer signings Garry Thompson and Alan Connell similarly started the match but Avenue ran out worthy victors.
O’Brien fired them ahead in the 17th minute before City levelled six minutes later when the unnamed trialist was felled and Thompson rifled home from the penalty spot.
Yet Avenue regained the lead when Alex Davidson, who created O’Brien’s opener, flighted in another teasing cross which James dispatched in style with a fine volley.
City substitute Adam Baker went clean through in the final quarter of the match but fired straight at Avenue goalkeeper Tim Deasey.
And moments later Avenue sealed victory when the highly-rated Jordan Deacey showed some nimble footwork before drilling home a shot past Duke.