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United 1 City 0: Reds complete clean sweep over City to reach MSC final

Posted by nickogs20 on March 9, 2009

Manchester City Man Utd
Manchester City Reserves 0-1 Manchester United Reserves
Martin 35 (pen)

They put three past them back in October, two past them at the back end of last month and tonight, just one goal was enough to earn United’s reserves victory over their Manchester City counterparts for a third time this season, earning themselves a place in the final of this season’s Manchester Senior Cup in the process. The defending champions went into tonight’s rain-lashed clash at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields ground knowing that a win would secure qualification to the final. Lee Martin’s first-half strike and a resolute performance from a makeshift defence duly secured the necessary result and set up a repeat of last season’s MSC final – Manchester United vs Bolton Wanderers.

The continued absence of Kiko Macheda through suspension forced coach Ole Solskjaer to continue with a somewhat unorthodox attacking lineup, Lee Martin leading the line with Zoran Tošić and Danny Drinkwater supporting from wide. Darron Gibson added some first-team experience to the centre of midfield, while Corry Evans continued to captain the side from the heart of the defence in the absence of James Chester.

Lee Martin - continued his fine recent form by bagging the winner

Lee Martin - continued his fine recent form by bagging the winner

After two fairly comprehensive defeats at the hands of United this season, Glyn Hodges’ City side were always going to be desperate to gain a measure of revenge and prevent a Red clean sweep of the reserve fixtures between the two Manchester clubs this season. That resolve added to the usual frenetic nature of a derby match, plenty of commitment on show in the opening exchanges but little opportunity for anyone to provide a moment of quality.

McDermott went closest early on for the Blues with a well-struck effort from distance, but in truth Ron-Robert Zieler wasn’t overly peturbed as it flew over his crossbar. England keeper Joe Hart had more cause for concern just after the half-hour mark when Martin skipped around him and slotted home, only for an offside flag to come to his rescue. Five minutes later, he wasn’t so fortunate – Martin was again sent clean through – this time by a pinpoint through-ball from Rodrigo Possebon – and the 22 year-old repeated the trick, rounding Hart and calmly finding the net to give United the lead.

The Blues cranked up the pressure in the second half, knowing that a defeat would end their own slim hopes of qualifying for the final. Striker David Ball rattled Zieler’s post with the young German well beaten, and giant centre-half Clayton McDonald nearly wreaked havoc when pressed forward as an emergency centre-forward late on, Evans making one vital goalline clearance to deny the City defender.

The Reds were grateful to hear the final whistle, the 1-0 win perhaps a tad flattering but an impressive result nonetheless given the personnel Solskjaer was forced to do without. Three wins and two penalty shoot-out defeats in the competition leaves United with a total of 11 points from the group stage, one point less than table-toppers Bolton but two points clear of third-placed Oldham, who have also completed their fixtures. City, Bury and Stockport all have games to play but are now unable to catch the Reds, ensuring the second string will meet Bolton in the final once again, most likely in May.

1. Ron-Robert Zieler
2. Ritchie de Laet
3. Robbie Brady
4. Corry Evans (c)
5. Oliver Gill
6. Matt James
7. Rodrigo Possebon
8. Danny Drinkwater
9. Darron Gibson (12. Joe Dudgeon 46)
10. Lee Martin
11. Zoran Tošić (14. Oliver Norwood 75)

Subs not used
13. Gary Woods
15. Cameron Stewart
16. Daniel Galbraith

Booked: Drinkwater, de Laet

City: Hart, Obeng, McGivern, Mee, McDonald, Kay, Tsiaklis (Smith 72), Clayton, Ball, Moore (Poole 63), McDermott.
Unused Subs: Brown, Johansen, Cieslewicz.

Referee: C Kavanagh

10 Responses to “United 1 City 0: Reds complete clean sweep over City to reach MSC final”

  1. Tone said

    Do you have the final standings in the group? I’m having problems contemplating how we’re on top of the group when we’ve lost two matches.

    Also, I’m pretty sure de Laet got booked for kicking the ball away in the second half.

  2. nickogs20 said

    I’m just tallying up the results/points/standings now. There are a couple of games still to be played in the group but by my reckoning none of the teams involved can catch either us or Bolton.

    United – Beat Oldham/Bury/City, lost on pens to Bolton/Stockport
    Bolton – Beat Stockport/Oldham/City/United, still to play Bury
    Oldham – Beat City/Bury/Stockport, lost to United/Bolton
    City – Beat Bury, lost to Oldham/City, lost on pens to Bolton, still to play Stockport
    Bury – Lost to United/Oldham/City, still to play Bolton/Stockport
    Stockport – Beat United, lost to Bolton/Oldham, still to play City/Bury

    The key thing to remember is that a penalty shootout defeat is worth 1 point, as opposed to a ‘standard’ defeat with gets zero. So while Oldham finished with three wins and two defeats, same as us, we got two extra points that them.

  3. nickogs20 said


    11/08/08 Bolton 2-2 City (Bolton win 4-3 on pens)
    20/08/08 Oldham 3-2 City
    03/09/08 Bury 0-2 United
    17/09/08 Oldham 2-1 Bury
    24/09/08 Oldham 5-3 Stockport
    14/10/08 United 2-1 Oldham
    30/10/08 United 0-0 Bolton (Bolton win 9-8 on pens)
    10/11/08 Bolton 2-1 Stockport
    09/02/09 United 0-0 Stockport (Stockport win 8-7 on pens)
    17/02/09 Bolton 4-1 Oldham
    04/03/09 City 1-0 Bury
    09/03/09 City 0-1 United
    17/03/09 Bury vs Stockport
    28/04/09 Bury vs Bolton
    TBC City vs Stockport

  4. nickogs20 said

    And for good measure:

    Bolton 12
    United 11
    Oldham 9
    City 4
    Stockport 3
    Bury 0

  5. cem said

    how did tosic play i missed the game in my opinion hes not been to great so far, also do you reckon nani will go in the summer, i think hes been a flop.

  6. nickogs20 said

    Tosic is still settling in, early days. I don’t think Nani’s been a flop at all.

  7. cem said

    yeah but theres times were he can turn a game on its head and other times were he wouldnt even get a touch of the ball, i realy want nani to do well because you can see the potential but i think im generally an impatient person. can you see us getting anyone in the summer aparently theres an argentinian from banfield were after

  8. nickogs20 said

    We’re linked with tens of players every summer, wouldn’t read anything into that link particularly, seems much like an agent trying to drum up interest to me.

    Nani’s still young, I think there’s a tendency to judge him by Ronaldo’s standards which is unfair on pretty much anyone. Not to mention the fact that Ronaldo was only just having his real breakthrough season at 21/22, not much younger than Nani is now.

  9. RN said

    You had to say ‘real’ didnt you :-). Anyway tosic is peanut small so he needs real close control or bursts of speed : mere technical play wont do. Have you seen it in him or even the sign of it?

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