United 1 Celtic 1: Honours even in Academy friendly
Posted by nickogs20 on October 21, 2008
|Manchester United U18s||1-1||Celtic U18s|
|James 76||–||Foley 53|
Manchester United took on Glasgow Celtic at the Cliff this afternoon, with each teams Academy battling it out for junior honours before the big Champions League tie between the two clubs takes place at Old Trafford.
There is also a scheduled reserve team fixture pencilled in for the return match in Glasgow. This is not an unusual practice as United have played junior friendlies many times before European Cup ties, notably Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev and Celtic.
United had all the usual suspects starting the game but elevated four youngsters from the U16s to take their places on the bench, including Ra’vel Morrison – who recently starred in England Schoolboys 6-0 drubbing of Northern Ireland – and Sam Johnstone – who has just been called into the England Boys team to face Scotland. The two other faces were local lads Jesse Lingard and Larnell Cole.
In a relatively uneventful first half, both teams looked good on the ball without really creating many chances. Celtic looked a neat outfit so it was a good test for our lads.
In the second half, Paul McGuinness brought on Ajose for Chris Curran, but instead of putting pressure on the visitors’ defence, we conceded at the other end! Celtic took the lead on 53 minutes when a free kick from just outside the area managed to squirm past Conor Devlin at the near post.
United did their best to force the game and Paul McGuinness then brought on Morrison and Lingard for their U18 debuts. The Reds got a well deserved equaliser when Matty James, who has been outstanding all season, scored from the edge of the box. Two minutes later Cole replaced Josh King, and although we had a few chances to sneak a win at the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
MUTV will be showing the highlights from this match on Sunday at 5.30pm (and at various other points in the couple of days after). Thanks again to Mr MUJAC for the match report.
1. Conor Devlin
2. Cameron Stewart
3. Oliver Gill
4. Kenny Strickland
5. Scott Wootton
6. Matty James (c)
7. Chris Curran (12. Nicky Ajose 51)
8. Oliver Norwood
9. Joshua King (16. Larnell Cole 78)
10. Davide Petrucci (14. Ra’vel Morrison 62)
11. Robbie Brady (15. Jesse Lingard 70)
Subs not used
13. Gary Woods
17. Sam Johnstone