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Never-say-die Reds mount late fightback to earn share of the spoils against Chelsea (Video highlights included)

Posted by nickogs20 on August 26, 2008

Chelsea Man Utd
Chelsea Reserves 2-2 MUFC Reserves

Mellis 32 Fábio 77
Sinclair 45 Gibson (pen) 90+3


Further evidence of the spirit new Reserve boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have instilled in his squad was on display at Cobham this afternoon as a long-range thunderbolt from Fábio da Silva and a late late Darron Gibson penalty rescued a draw for the Reds from a game in which they had been distinctly second-best to a strong Chelsea side for long periods.

In the second ‘leg’ of a double-header which has seen the first-ever meetings between the two clubs’ reserve teams, the Blues had a point to prove after being narrowly beaten in a very even contest at the Marstons Arena last Monday. To that end Chelsea reserves’ boss Brendan Rodgers named a much stronger side than the one that took the field in Northwich, with Portuguese ‘keeper Hilário and England youth starlets Michael Mancienne and Scott Sinclair providing a relative wealth of first-team experience and Argentine prodigy Franco di Santo bolstering the attack.

Solskjaer himself made a number of changes to the side from last week. Ben Foster was replaced by Ben Amos in goal, with Fábio and Rafael dropping back to full-back and Richard Eckersley moving inside to partner James Chester at centre-back. Tom Cleverley was also brought in as part of a three-man central midfield (alongside Gibson and Sam Hewson), with Danny Drinkwater and David Gray taking up the wide positions and supporting the returning Danny Welbeck in the lone striker role.

Chelsea dominated proceedings in the first half, going close through Sergio Tejera inside sixty seconds before going infront on the half hour when Jacob Mellis, so impressive last week, coolly finished after the Reds failed to properly clear a corner. Rodgers’ men then doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, Sinclair rising highest to direct Magnay’s cross past Amos.

The second half gradually saw United claw their way back into the game, eventually turning that resurgence into goals as the game neared it’s close. First a slick passing move resulted in Fábio picking the ball up thirty yards out, from where the Brazilian teen advanced and unleashed a terrific strike that Rhys Taylor in the Chelsea goal got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. United then preserved their unbeaten pre-season record deep into injury-time, Bridcutt recklessly felling Drinkwater and Gibson stepping up to coolly send Welsh U21 goalie Taylor the wrong way.

For the third time in this pre-season campaign the Reds’ had fought back from two goals down to get a result, today’s result being particularly pleasing considering the calibre of the opposition. Of some concern though will be injuries to Welbeck (eye) and Rafael (shoulder), although neither looked to be particularly serious.

Video highlights of the last three goals of the game:

Phil over at the excellent Chelsea Youth and Reserves was at the behind-closed-doors fixture and has penned a far more detailed match report, available to read here. We hope to have some pictures up later this evening as well.

Other match reports are available from United and Chelsea’s official sites.

1. Ben Amos
2. Rafael da Silva (16. Cameron Stewart 80)
3. Fábio da Silva
4. James Chester
5. Richard Eckersley
6. Darron Gibson
7. Sam Hewson (15. Magnus Eikrem 80)
8. Daniel Drinkwater
9. Danny Welbeck (14. Federico Macheda 14)
10. Tom Cleverley
11. David Gray (c)

Subs not used
12. Corry Evans
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
17. Jimmy Derbyshire

Next up for the Reds’ second string is the first competitive game of their season, as the defence of the Manchester Senior Cup kicks off against Bury a week tomorrow (Weds Sept 3rd). The game is a 2pm kick-off at the Shakers’ Gigg Lane stadium.

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6 Responses to “Never-say-die Reds mount late fightback to earn share of the spoils against Chelsea (Video highlights included)”

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  2. […] sealed a come from behind 2-2 draw, thus maintaining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten streak. Man United youth have a good match report, as always. But if you are interested in the goal, then sit back and watch below: (RSS feed […]

  3. Excellent bit of prompt blogging here – even get a video clip thrown in. I like that picture of the United line-up. Did you make that yourself?


  4. nickogs20 said

    I had someone far more talented in Photoshop knock up a template for me which I just tinker with each game to get the formation/personnel right.

  5. […] Never-say-die Reds mount late fightback to earn share of the spoils against Chelsea (Video highligh… […]

  6. […] home ‘leg’ at the Marstons Arena thanks to a Danny Drinkwater strike before roaring back from a two-goal deficit at Cobham with late goals from Fábio da Silva and Danny Drinkwater. In addition, Ben Amos, Rafael, Tom […]

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