Date: 2nd August 2014 at 2:50pm
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Ryan Jarvis scored twice as York City’s threadbare side proved too strong for League One visitors Sheffield United with a 2-0 victory in their early kick-off at Bootham Crescent.

Neither Jake Hyde nor Femi Ilesanmi made the starting line-up for hosts already missing the likes of Wes Fletcher, Josh Carson and Luke Summerfield. That allowed youngster Cameron Murray a chance to impress while the recovering Daniel Parslow was included on the bench.

However, it was Michael Coulson who missed an early opportunity when slicing wide after being released by a misplaced pass. Jamie Murphy was similarly off-target at the other end and then delivered for Jose Baxter to glance towards Michael Ingham.

Blades counterpart Mark Howard next had to turn over a far post header by Keith Lowe from Russell Penn’s free-kick as the home side went close to opening the scoring.

Skipper Chris Basham replied by heading a Craig Alcock narrowly wide while Stefan Scougall fired over following the break.

The Minstermen still went in front as the hour approached through Jarvis forcing the ball in at the second attempt during a scramble in the visitors’ box. They responded with substitute Connor Dimaio sending a deflected effort at the goalkeeper before fellow replacement Diego De Girolamo struck wide.

Even so it was York going further ahead as Jarvis produced an incisive finish for his second of the afternoon from Lindon Meikle’s 69th minute pass.

The visitors tried to come back and Murphy’s cross was nodded over by Harrison McGahey before substitute Andy Butler headed straight at Jason Mooney.

But it was their opponents enjoying the perfect boost ahead of the big kick-off next week.

York City: Ingham (Mooney 60), McCoy (Parslow 60), Lowe (McCombe 60), Winfield, Straker, Meikle, Penn (Montrose 60), Platt, Murray (Rzonca 46), Coulson (Hirst 66), Jarvis

Goals: Jarvis (56, 69)

Sheffield United: Howard, Alcock (McNulty, 46), Harris, Wallace (Dimaio 36), Basham (McGinn 70), Flynn, Murphy (Doyle 70), Scougall (Butler 70), Baxter (De Girolamo 23), Collins, McGahey (Porter 70)

subs (unused): Willis

Ref: G. Eltringham

Att: 1,761 (992 United)

Video Link: York City 2 Sheffield United 0

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