Reds stay unbeaten as Fábio takes his turn in the spotlight
Posted by nickogs20 on August 8, 2008
|MUFC Reserves||3-2||Northwich Victoria|
|Fábio 45||-||Byrom 27, 39|
Danny Drinkwater struck the winner for the second consecutive game as United’s reserves came back from 2-0 down to preserve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten record as manager against a Northwich Victoria side packed with former Reds. Meanwhile Fábio da Silva, having watched his twin brother hog the limelight this week, made a real impact of his own at the Marstons Arena.
This was officially designated as a United home game but the entrance fee was a tenner….a bit rich to watch a reserve game at home!
Nevertheless, the game attracted a fair share of locals and reserve team regulars as well. It was interesting just watching the warm up as ex-Reds Jamie Mullan and Aaron Burns were obviously familiar faces, so it was with a tinge of surprise to see Michael Barnes and Phil Marsh also turning out as trialists. United made several changes from the side that beat Liverpool last week, with Ben Amos, Jimmy Derbyshire, Fábio da Silva, Corry Evans, Danny Drinkwater, Magnus Eikrem all coming in, as well as Milk Cup heroes Federico Macheda and Evandro Brandão.
The first ten minutes were relatively even although Mullan and Barnes were creating chances down the wings. While Fábio was being given a good test against the tricky Mullan, Jimmy Derbyshire was having a sterner challenge against the pacy Barnes and it was down the left wing that Barnes used his pace to beat Derbyshire and send a cross into the box that Byrom smashed past Ben Amos for the opening goal.
Our midfield of Eikrem, Hewson, Evans and Drinkwater were getting overrun and it was no surprise when Vics’ made it 2-0 when Byrom hit a screamer that gave Amos no chance. In fact if he got in the way he would have ended up in the back of the net with the ball. United were playing really poorly and hardly put a pass together.
Then on the stroke of half time, Fábio Da Silva scored a great solo goal. First lobbing the ball over the Vics’ defence, he burst through a number of players, showing exceptional strength, and then volleyed past the keeper. This kid is class!
Half time: Manchester United 1 Northwich Victoria 2
Cameron Stewart replaced Brandão at half time but it was not until Ole made 4 substitutions just after the hour mark that the Reds finally got their act together. Cleverley, Cathcart, Gray and James all came on and four minutes later Tom Cleverley notched the equaliser with a good strike after good build up work from Drinkwater and James.
United were now on top, and the new midfield of James, Cleverley, Hewson and Drinkwater started to click. On 71 minutes Drinkwater scored United’s third and the winner after some good team play, when he took a great through ball from Matty James around the keeper and crashed it into the net.
United could have scored one or two additional goals but that would have been unfair to NV who perhaps deserved a draw, particularly after their first half display.
In the latter stages, the Vics’ staged a mini comeback but our defence looked solid.
Final Score: Manchester United 3 Northwich Victoria 2
The gate was not announced but it looked about 300-400.
1. Ben Amos
2. Jimmy Derbyshire (12. David Gray ’61)
3. Fábio da Silva (16. Craig Cathcart ’61)
4. Richard Eckersley
5. James Chester (c)
6. Corry Evans (14. Matty James ’61)
7. Magnus Eikrem (18. Tom Cleverley ’61)
8. Danny Drinkwater
9. Federico Macheda (17. Oliver Norwood ’76)
10. Sam Hewson
11. Evandro Brandão (15. Cameron Stewart ’46)
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
Massive thanks again to Mr MUJAC for the match report. The reserves are next in action at the Marstons Arena a week on Monday, when they face their Chelsea counterparts in the first of an intriguing double-header.