Milk Cup glory beckons for goal-hungry United kids
Posted by nickogs20 on August 1, 2008
United’s devastating form in front of goal continued tonight at the Ballymena Showgrounds, as a convincing 4-2 victory over Watford saw them take their tally to 17 in four games and progress to the eighth Premier Milk Cup Final in the club’s history.
Federico Macheda gave the Reds the lead with his fourth goal of the competition after fine work by Joshua King down the right, and after Piero Mingoia had equalised from the spot for the Hornets, King joined his Italian strike partner on that total with a brace of headers from Norwood corners. Mingoia got on the scoresheet again to pull one back, but Evandro Brandão sealed the win for Paul McGuinness’ side. That took the Portuguese to four goals for the week as well – quite a contest in progress between that trio for top goalscorer honours. Highlights of the game are already uploaded on the BBC’s Milk Cup mini-site, you can see them here, with the United action starting at around 5:20 in.
Standing in the way of a third Premier Milk Cup title for United are South Coast Bayern from the US of A. The Californian outfit are an affiliate of German giants Bayern Munich and have this week displayed the sort of teutonic efficiency you might expect to see from that famous team, dispatching reigning champions Fluminense 4-1 in the quarter-finals before squeaking past Heart of Midlothian in today’s semi-final via a penalty shoot-out. The Reds will be massive favourites for tomorrow’s final but SCB are no mugs, and our lads will have to maintain the sort of form that has seen them through to this stage if they are to be sure of lifting the trophy.
The final kicks off at 8.15pm and will be held at the Showgrounds in Coleraine. BBC2 Northern Ireland are showing the game live (Sky Channel 992) and the game may also be carried on BBCi (we’ll try and get confirmation of that tomorrow). This will be the biggest match of these young players’ lives thus far, and it’s a great chance for us fans to see the next generation in action.