Everton 1 United 1: Youthful Reds held to a draw on Merseyside
Posted by nickogs20 on November 9, 2008
|Everton U18s||1-1||Manchester United U18s|
|Sinnott 21||–||Morrison 5|
United’s Academy side picked up another hard-earned point on their travels and maintained their unbeaten away record for this season as they travelled to Everton’s new Academy Centre at Halewood this morning and held their talented hosts to a 1-1 draw. U16s and England Schoolboys winger Ra’vel Morrison continued his promising early integration into the U18 side with United’s goal after just five minutes, the Reds being pegged back a quarter of an hour later by a Corey Sinnott header.
In extreme cold and blustery conditions, Paul McGuinness took the opportunity of introducing two U16s into the team, Ra’vel Morrison on the left side of a five man midfield and Ryan Tunnicliffe on the right. Petrucci, Norwood and James held the middle roles while there was no place on the bench at all for Nick Ajose or Cameron Stewart.
With Joe Dudgeon now fully fit, Kenny Strickland dropped to the bench and Ollie Gill was moved into central defence alongside Scott Wootton. Another U16, forward John Cofie, was also named as a substitute.
Whatever eyebrows were raised about starting with such a young side, United fans were soon celebrating as Morrison put United ahead after only five minutes. Everton then started started to get back into the game and equalised on 21 minutes when they scored from a header on the six yard box. It was a disappointing goal to concede in what was turning out to be a very good game.
Half-time: Everton 1 Manchester United 1
The second half was fairly even and both teams had half chances without really stretching the keepers that often. McGuinness brought on Robbie Brady to replace Davide Petrucci to provide a little more threat in front of goal but the Everton defence gave him little opportunity to shine. Shortly after, Ryan Tunnicliffe, who had a fine game, picked up a knock and was replaced by Chris Curran.
The game then petered out a little with no other action to talk about, the 1-1 draw remarkably being Everton’s fifth such result in a row (and their sixth in the last seven). United will be pleased with a point from what is a always a tough away fixture against a rapidly improving Academy. The Reds are back on home turf next weekend, Bolton Wanderers the visitors to Carrington on Saturday 15th.
1. Gary Woods
2. Reece Brown
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Scott Wootton
5. Oliver Gill
6. Matthew James
7. Ryan Tunnicliffe (14. Chris Curran 68)
8. Oliver Norwood
9. Federico Macheda
10. Davide Petrucci (15. Robbie Brady 56)
11. Ravel Morrison
Subs not used
12. Kenny Strickland
13. Conor Devlin
16. John Cofie
Thanks to Mr MUJAC for the match report.