Instant impact from Cofie as U18’s grind out a draw
Posted by nickogs20 on August 17, 2008
|MUFC Under-18’s||2-2||Spurs Under-18’s|
United’s Academy side came back from two goals down to earn an entirely-deserved draw against their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts in a final pre-season game this morning, with skipper Matty James and U16 forward John Cofie getting on the scoresheet in the second half.
Federico Macheda had a slight knock and was named on the bench, so Nicky Ajose was drafted into the team who lined up similar to that which faced Bury last Tuesday.
In blustery conditions at Carrington the Reds started the brightest with Evandro Brandão alone up front holding the ball up well. Norwood and James were pulling the strings in midfield and United were looking good. Brandão hit the bar with a chip and we also hit the post before Spurs took an undeserved lead. Gary Woods had dived to smother a shot a little earlier in Spurs’ first attack and then they scored with their second. Woods made a fine save but the Spurs forward knocked in the rebound. United could and should have been 3/4 goals up but just lacked a bit of composure in front of goal.
0-1 at half-time.
The second half was more even and after 58 minutes Paul McGuinness brought on Robert Brady, Chris Curran and Macheda. Shortly later Spurs scored a second when their number 7 ran their through our defence and neatly knocked it past Woods. A very good solo goal. On 68 mins Matty James ran on to a through ball and cleverly bent a shot past the keeper to bring United into the game. Robbie Brady then went on a mazy run and hit the inside of the post as the Reds tried hard to force an equaliser. Further substitutions saw Tunnicliffe, Fryers, Cofie and Lee Brennan (a triallist from Histon Town FC) come on.
Then on 84 mins, Chris Curran chased a ball into the corner, won the race for the ball, beat the fullback on the goalline and crossed for Cofie to score with a strong header. It was good reward for the Reds who didn’t deserve to lose the game.
Matty James was excellent in midfield, Gary Woods made three quality saves, Petrucci looked neat and tidy and Joe Dudgeon solid at left-back. Ollie Norwood was creative throughout and hardly gave the ball away all day.
Final score: 2-2 (James, Cofie)
1. Gary Woods
2. Kenny Strickland (15. Ryan Tunnicliffe)
3. Joe Dudgeon (16. Zeki Fryers)
4. Scott Wootton
5. Oliver Gill
6. Matty James (c)
7. Oliver Norwood (18. Lee Brennan)
8. Davide Petrucci (19. John Cofie)
9. Evandro Brandão (20. Federico Macheda)
10. Nicky Ajose (12. Chris Curran)
11. Cameron Stewart (14. Robbie Brady)
13. Conor Devlin
17. Not known
Many thanks to Mr MUJAC once again for the match report. The U18’s now play West Ham away next Saturday in their opening academy league fixture, and should have Danny Welbeck back from injury to aid their cause.
For those interested in the Bury game last Tuesday of which details were very slow to emerge, United won 3-0 and the team was: Woods, Strickland, Dudgeon, Wooton, Gill, James, Norwood, Petrucci, Brandão, Macheda, Stewart. There were plenty of subs but the details of those unfortunately aren’t available. The three goals, all in the first half, came via a brace from Evandro Brandão and a first goal in United colours from Davide Petrucci.