Academy Side Turn On Style For Dolan

Moors’ Academy players turned on the style in a 2-0 win over Leeds United at Consett as Matty Dolan watched on after accepting a coaching role with the Club.

Dolan has already played on a winning team twice after joining Moors from Hartlepool United last week, and the midfielder will also be working closely with the Club’s Academy squad.

The 31-year-old was at Consett on Wednesday to witness a very solid performance from the youngsters as Josh Oliver scored the first before goalkeeper James Brown grabbed a stunning second in the 2-0 triumph.

Moors started the game well and were in front with just 10 minutes on the clock when Oliver converted his first of the season following good work in the build-up from Shay Jackson.

Man of the Match Jackson was to be a constant threat to the Leeds defence and his perfect pass into the right of the penalty spot allowed Oliver the time and space he needed to fire home the opening goal.

A competitive first half played in difficult and windy conditions saw keeper Brown make a wonderful save to deny the visitors an equaliser direct from a free kick on 25 minutes, while Leeds also saw two shots cleared off the line as they got on the front foot.

However, Moors regrouped at the start of the second half and went further in front on 55 minutes in spectacular fashion. Having been a standout performer between the posts in the first half, Brown then got his name on the scoresheet when his clearance from the edge of his penalty area found its way into the net at the other end.

Former Leeds United and Coventry City star Noel Whelan, in charge of the visitors, heaped praise on Moors youngsters after the game as they saw out the fixture to celebrate their first clean sheet of the season.

“It was fantastic to meet the group and it was a really encouraging performance,” Dolan told us afterwards.

“The effort the lads put in was brilliant and you could see that every one them really applied themselves well.

“The first was a very promising display and they maintained those standards into the second half, which has led to them having a really positive afternoon and one I thoroughly enjoyed too.”

Full Time: Moors 2 Leeds United 0

Moors: Brown, Stapleton, Blair, Lynch, Neely, Robertson (Yates 58), Fulton, Oliver, Campbell, Jackson, Hope.

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