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    International football came to the New York Stadium as England's youngsters hosted old rivals Germany in front of a very healthy 7754 crowd, especially considering the England senior team were playing Brazil live on TV on the same night. The game was entertaining from the first whistle with England mostly in the ascendancy with WBA's Rayhann Tulloch particularly making a nuisance of himself, firstly being dispossessed by German Keeper Klein when he was about to shoot, then a strong run beating two German defenders was ended by a wonderful tackle from Moenchengladbach's Bongard.England Captain Doyle from Man City was an influence from central midfield, almost opening the scoring with a free kick that was well saved by Hoffenheim's Klein in the German goal. Germany's left back Klatterbach (FC Cologne) had their best first half chance hitting a long range effort just wide with the England keeper Okonkwo (Arsenal) beaten. HT England 0 Germany 0 A scrappy opening to the second half was ended when England opened the scoring on 61 minutes with England substitute Bobby Duncan (Man City) cleverly made space for himself in the area to bury his chance. Going behind seemed to galvanise the German team however &Fabrice Hartmann(Red Bull Leipsig) equalised on 71 minutes scoring after Okonkwo parried his initial effort. The action swung from end to end after this, only pausing for a raft of substitutions & England got the winner on 71 minutes with Reading's Nolan tapping in a cross by Man Utd's Greenwood. A very entertaining night out left me very impressed by England's U17 squad. Based on tonight's display, the future is very bright indeed.
  2. 1 point
    League leaders Shrewsbury were todays visitors to NYS for todays L1 encounter. Before kick off, Shrews manager Paul Hurst, the Millers record appearance holder as a player received a rapturous welcome from the Millers faithful. The game started at a quiet pace with the only opening of any note was a weak header from Millers midfielder Will Vaulks which was comfortably saved by Dean Henderson in the Shrews goal. Henderson was a hero on 13 minutes however, saving a penalty from the EFL's top scorer the Millers Kieffer Moore, awarded for a clumsy tackle by Shrews defender Nsiala on the Millers loanee Midfielder Richie Towell. Shrewsbury gained heart from the penalty reprieve & took the lead in the 18th minute when a left sided run from Shrews midfielder Jon Nolan saw him hammer the ball past O'Donnell in the Millers net. Whalley was next to go close for Shrewsbury, testing O'Donnell with a hard low shot on 33 minutes. As half time approached, Rotherham came more into the game & defender Richard Wood had a goalbound effort saved by Henderson who saved again from Towell just on the half time whistle. HT Millers 0 Shrews 1 Shrewsbury's task of holding on to the three points became harder on 52 minutes with the straight red card issued to defender Abu Agogo for a rash challenge on Millers midfielder Ryan Williams. Shrewsbury to their credit almost made it two when following a quick break, forward Stefan Payne played in Nolan again but the Shrews goalscorer fluffed his lines & blazed the ball over the bar. Millers manager Paul Warne obviously had seen enough & started withdrawing midfielders & introducing striker Clarke-Harris & attack minded midfielder Frecklington & after a sustained period of Millers pressure, the home side deservedly equalised when Towell rifled in a fine Joe Newell crossfield ball. Rotherham continued to have all the momentum going into the game's final stages with one or two goalmouth scrambles which were well defended by the Shrews. A terrific roar from the Millers faithful greeted the 4th officials board of SIX minutes added time hoping their team could finally breach the Shrewsbury back line but after conceding a needless corner the Millers went home empty handed when Payne rifled the ball home in the 93rd minute. FT Millers 1 Shrews 2 An unlucky defeat of their own making by the Millers. Six games without a win now with Wigan in town next weekend. Disconcerting to say the least.

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