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Trafford 2 United 2: Youthful ‘reserves’ snatch a late draw

Posted by nickogs20 on October 28, 2008

Trafford FC Man Utd
Trafford FC 2-2 Manchester United Reserves
Winter 55 Petrucci 83
Barlow 66 Ajose 88

United’s reserves, in name at least, produced another in a long line of stirring comebacks this season to earn a draw in last night’s mid-season friendly with Trafford FC. In truth, this was United’s academy side on show getting in some vital preparation for the imminent onset of FA Youth Cup action under the tutelage of U18s manager Paul McGuinness, with the genuine reserves being saved for Thursday night’s MSC tie with Bolton Wanderers.

This tie was always going to be tougher than perhaps expected, the old cliché of men against boys being very much in evidence as United’s youngsters – all aged between 15 and 18 – went up against a physical, experienced non-league side. This perhaps showed as the Reds fell two goals behind early in the second half after an even first 45 minutes, but the United kids’ class told as the game drew to a close with goals from Davide Petrucci and Nicky Ajose earning their side a draw.

U16 regulars Ravel Morrison and Tom Thorpe, both recently ‘capped’ by England in the Victory Shield, were included amongst the substitutes (Morrison making it on for the last half hour), while Joe Dudgeon continued his return from injury with a late quarter-hour cameo.

Trafford FC’s official site have published a more detailed match report for those interested.

1. Gary Woods
2. Reece Brown
3. Oliver Gill (16. Joe Dudgeon 74)
4. Kenny Strickland
5. Scott Wootton
6. Matty James (c)
7. Chris Curran
8. Oliver Norwood
9. Evandro Brandão (12. Nicky Ajose 41)
10. Davide Petrucci
11. Robert Brady (14. Ra’vel Morrison 59)

Sub not used
15. Tom Thorpe


6 Responses to “Trafford 2 United 2: Youthful ‘reserves’ snatch a late draw”

  1. LouisRocca said

    Hi, great to see our youngsters getting a chance against more senior oponents.

    By the way, Ra’vel Morrison writes his name Ra’vel not Ravel, I don’t know what about the spelling, but that seems to be the way it’s written. Ra’vel impressed me very much in the England U16 match earlier this month. Great pace, skills and currage, definently not afraid of taking on players. I guess both Ra’vel and Tom Torpe will get a chance in the FA youth-cup this season.

  2. Joe Armstrong said

    Just remember we were without Scott Moffatt, Joe Dudgeon, Cameron Stewart, Federico Macheda and Josh King.

    Our strongest team might look:

    Moffatt, Wootton, Strickland, Dudgeon
    Curran, James, Norwood, Petrucci, Stewart

    That leaves the bench of Devlin, Brown, Gill, Brady, King, Brandao, Ajose +

    Not much room for Thorpe or Morrison so I wouldn’t expect to see them get any action unless we have loads of injuries!

  3. Cid said

    What happened to Welbeck. I dont find him playing either for the academy or the reserves. Even if he plays he is not the one making the headlines. Its Macheda

  4. lorenzo23 said

    Went to this match. Two goals down and the lads kept their heads up, kept playing and pulled it back. Could have won, Trafford cleared off the line twice within a few minutes after their goalie was beaten.

  5. nickogs20 said

    Cid – Welbeck picked up a groin injury when away with England U19s a couple of weeks ago.

  6. dogtag said

    Looks like Ajose came in useful after coming on as a sub again, being involved in the first goal and scoring the second

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