Date: 30th July 2016 at 4:43pm
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York City drew their final pre-season game 1-1 with Newcastle United’s Under-23 side at Bootham Crescent.

Summer recruit Aidan Connolly earned them an early lead that was cancelled out by ex-Celtic centre-back Stuart Findlay early in the second-half.

The Minstermen included a trialist striker – believed to be former Oxford United forward Deane Smalley – in the absence of the injured Richard Brodie. Defender Josh Robinson also returned for the sidelined Jack Higgins

The hosts enjoyed an ideal start with Connolly opening their account from close-range on seven minutes after goalkeeper Nathan Harker spilled Scott Fenwick’s initial effort.

Haris Vuckic’s immediate reply produced a fine stop from Luke Simpson, whose opposite number Harker performed equally well to frustrate Fenwick following Connolly’s corner delivery.

Newcomer Simpson also denied Callum Roberts before the break but was beaten when Findlay headed an equaliser from an early second-half corner.

The former Watford shot-stopper was then required to keep out both ex-Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney and recent York trialist Kyle Cameron, while Burundian midfielder Gael Bigirimana was also narrowly wide for the visitors.

Shaun Rooney headed a Yan Klukowski corner beyond the far post at the other end and substitute Daniel Nti tested Harker from twenty-five yards.

However, the Magpies were close to a late winner as home goalkeeper Simpson blocked from Toney just before the end.

York City: Simpson, Rooney, Robinson (Dixon 46), Fry, Whittle, Kamdjo, Heslop, Klukowski (Felix 82), Connolly (Thompson 74), Fenwick, Trialist (Nti 46)

subs (unused): Wilton, Galbraith, Walton, Kennedy, Wardle, Clarke

Goals: Connolly (7)

Newcastle United XI: Harker, Mbabu, Williams, Findlay, Cameron, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Gilliead, Vuckic, Roberts, Toney

subs: Woolston, Broccoli, Newberry, Longstaff, El-Mhanni, Holmes

Goals: Findlay (49)

Ref: N. Miller (County Durham)

Att: 885