FAPAL: Sheffield United U18’s 1 United U18’s 1
Posted by nickogs20 on April 5, 2008
This morning’s penultimate Premier Academy League fixture saw United travel to Yorkshire to face Sheffield United at Shirecliffe, scene of a 1-1 draw between the two sides in November’s Pele Challenge. Paul McGuinness made three changes to the side that lost so heavily last weekend, and Federico Macheda – returning to the academy side with the reserve season now effectively over – gave United an early lead, instinctively firing home from 12 yards after four minutes for his 12th goal in 17 academy starts. The equaliser came just before the half hour with United’s weakness on crosses exposed again, Adams heading in off the underside of the bar. Both teams had their chances to take all three points but couldn’t quite manage it, United’s shakiness at the back not being capitalised upon whilst the Reds’ impressive front six couldn’t quite conjure up a winner. Paul McGuinness will be encouraged, if not elated, with his side’s response to last week’s horror show against Sunderland.
Talking of Sunderland, they bagged another five-goal away haul at Crewe this morning, which improves United’s chances of finishing inside the top three in Academy Group C. A win in next week’s final fixture away to Newcastle will see United finish ahead of Crewe and leave only Liverpool with a chance of overtaking us. Manchester City last week clinched top spot in the group and a place in the national playoffs.
Derbyshire – Brown – James – Dudgeon
Eikrem – Drinkwater – C.Evans – Galbraith
King – Macheda
Subs: Stewart (for Dudgeon 58), Norwood (for Eikrem 70), Brandão (for Stewart 88), Gill.
Scorer: Macheda 4′