Brady leads rout as United youngsters blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs in the Lyme Valley
Posted by nickogs20 on January 13, 2009
A youthful United reserve side got right back into the swing of things after the Christmas break with an emphatic 7-1 thrashing of Newcastle Town at the Lyme Valley Stadium yesterday evening.
When I say it was a youthful reserve side, that was because it was pretty much the first choice academy XI. The U18s resume their league campaign with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to Carrington on Saturday morning, so this hastily-arranged friendly was handy match practice for Paul McGuinness’ squad. Newcastle Town were grateful for the game as well after seeing their North West Counties Premier League fixture called off at the weekend, and welcomed a United side for the fourth game between the two clubs in recent years.
United started brightly and opened the scoring after 13 minutes, Robbie Brady applying the finish after a fine run from Davide Petrucci. Fifteen minutes later, Joe Dudgeon broke forward and scored a rare goal to give United a two goal cushion. Kiko Macheda made it three six minutes before the break, finishing at the second attempt, and United were well on top as the whistle blew for half-time.
Nick Ajose came on for Cameron Stewart at half-time and nine minutes after the break, McGuinness took the opportunity of giving a couple of the U16 lads a run out. Sam Johnstone came on to replace Conor Devlin in goal while Tom Thorpe took the place of Scott Wootton at the heart of the defence. Just after the hour mark Brady got his second of the evening, again assisted by Petrucci, and three minutes later the young Dubliner completed his hattrick after terrific work by skipper Matt James. Brady’s ability in front of goal was part of the reason United signed the winger last January but before last night he had yet to find the net for the Reds – hopefully this treble will open the floodgates.
Match-ball secured (metaphorically at least), Brady was replaced by the returning Cameron Stewart for the last twenty or so minutes. Newcastle Town grabbed a consolation with a quarter of an hour remaining, Smith’s quickly taken free-kick catching Johnstone off guard, but Stewart then made the most of his second spell on the pitch, completing the rout with the sixth and seventh United goals in quick succession, using his pace to get in behind the defence and beat the keeper one-on-one on both occasions.
7-1 it finished, great preparation for the resumption of the Academy League campaign this coming weekend and another enjoyable meeting with Newcastle Town, whose continued warm hospitality should ensure regular visits from United sides to the Lyme Valley Stadium in the future.
1. Conor Devlin (13. Sam Johnstone 54)
2. Ryan Tunnicliffe
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Kenny Strickland
5. Scott Wootton (14. Tom Thorpe 54)
6. Oliver Norwood
7. Cameron Stewart (12. Nick Ajose 46)
8. Matt James
9. Federico Macheda
10. Davide Petrucci
11. Robbie Brady (7. Cameron Stewart 68)
SCORERS: Brady 13, 64, 67, Dudgeon 28, Macheda 39, Stewart 83, 85