LSC: Bolton Wanderers Reserves 1 Manchester United Reserves 2
Posted by nickogs20 on April 25, 2008
United’s second string secured their place in another cup final after coming from behind to overcome a stubborn Bolton side who refused to buckle even when reduced to ten men early on. Defender James Sinclair saw red after just 17 minutes – Federico Macheda raced clear and bore down on goal only to be tripped by Sinclair, who gave the referee no option but to dismiss him. United’s subsequent freekick was wasted and instead it was Bolton who took the initiative, responding admirably to the setback of going a man down and taking the lead after 20 minutes through skipper Rob Sissons. Ron-Robert Zieler in the United goal was powerless to stop the midfielder’s crisp drive.
United were stung into action however and didn’t give the hosts the chance to settle into a rearguard effort. Just six minutes later Danny Drinkwater was on target with a great strike which Bolton keeper Brocklehurst did extremely well to keep out – unfortunately for him the in-form Chris Eagles was on hand to steer home the rebound and restore parity. Bolton’s best chance of a result had probably slipped through their fingers with such a quick response, and the Reds wasted little time capitalising further. Just after the half-hour mark David Gray found space down the right and fizzed across a peach of a centre which the predatory Macheda couldn’t miss.
That double salvo predictably saw Bolton heads drop and the prospect of them getting back on terms always looked a slim one. Drinkwater, Séan Evans and Danny Galbraith all spurned chances to rubber-stamp United’s passage into the final as the visitors controlled the remainder of the game, although Bolton – to their credit – kept going until the last and gave the Reds’ defence a few nervy moments late on. Those scares thankfully came to nothing and it’s United who progress to the Lancashire Senior Cup final to face either Liverpool or Accrington Stanley – date and venue as yet unknown.
Gray – Cathcart – Chester – Cleverley
Eagles – Hewson – Drinkwater – Possebon – S. Evans
Subs: Galbraith (for Eagles 61), James (for S. Evans 61), C. Evans, Eikrem, Amos
Scorers: Eagles 26, Macheda 32