Sheffield 2s got their BUCS Northern Division 4B campaign off to a losing start as they were stunned by a 90th minute winner at Norton Playing Fields.
York St John 2s scored with seconds to spare after Sheffield looked to have earned a share of the spoils thanks to James Lineau’s equaliser six minutes from full time.
Sheffield, who were pipped to last season’s title by five points after an impressive showing by Teesside 1s, got off to the best possible start when James Smith was tripped inside the area. The winger stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick into the bottom right corner with just two minutes on the clock.
The conditions worsened as the rain became heavier and Sheffield began to struggle with the zippy surface, eventually surrendering their lead shortly after the quarter-hour mark. A free-kick from the left was headed away comfortably by the Sheffield back-line, but Alex Mooney flapped at York St John’s cross from the opposite flank and gifted the visitors a leveller.
Sheffield were then twice denied by the upright as Smith squandered a chance to regain the advantage, but York St John pulled themselves ahead eight minutes after the interval when a well-drilled cross along the face of goal was swept home from close-range.
A barrage of attacks came from Sheffield, with the hosts dominating the wide areas, yet they failed to apply the finishing touch to a catalogue of chances. Alex Bradshaw headed against the bar and a couple of clear-cut penalty appeals fell on deaf ears.
A Sheffield equaliser looked inevitable, but it was worth the wait, as Lineau pounced on an uncontested ball in the box, rifling a shot past the helpless goalkeeper into the top corner to record what looked to be a hard-earned point.
The drama did not stop there though, as a shot squirmed under the body of Mooney after a decisive counter-attack with virtually the last kick of the game, giving York St John their first BUCS win of the new campaign and dealing Sheffield a sickening blow.
Sheffield manager Siamak Zaad felt that the home side showed enough to record at least a point, but bemoaned their profligacy in front of goal as they were punished by an economical York St John side.
He told Forge Sport: “We had a very good performance but unfortunately the ball hasn’t gone in [enough times].
“If you see the first-half we have created lots of chances but we didn’t score, we had one hit the bar and the post in the second-half as well, and we were in shape, good in our movement but today isn’t our day. They were okay, the other team played well and had good luck.
“We worked really hard, had teamwork and we were united when we were down and kept pushing up. We had good behavior on the pitch. We will go and work on our finishing.”