United 4 Hull 0: Reserves tame the Tigers
Posted by nickogs20 on March 19, 2009
|Manchester United Reserves||4-0||Hull City Reserves|
|Macheda 23 (pen)||–||–|
United’s reserves continued their recent impressive form as Hull City were brushed aside in emphatic fashion en route to the second four-goal romp of the week. A bright start by the visitors was nipped in the bud when Kiko Macheda converted a penalty awarded for a trip on Lee Martin. Danny Welbeck added a second on the half-hour after fine work by Rodrigo Possebon, and the Brazilian added a third in the second half to end any doubt over the destination of all three points. A superb fourth from Martin well and truly gave the Reds revenge for their defeat on Humberside earlier in the campaign and ensured Ole Solskjaer’s side remained in touch with the rest of the chasing pack in the Premier Reserve League North.
Ron-Robert Zieler, Oliver Gill, Jimmy Derbyshire, Magnus Eikrem and Antonio Bryan were the unlucky players to make way from the side that dismantled Rochdale on Monday. Tomasz Kuszczak came in for some more vital match practice between the posts, while Ritchie de Laet returned from suspension to partner skipper Corry Evans at the heart of the defence. Danny Drinkwater and Lee Martin replaced Bryan and Derbyshire on the flanks, while Matt James came in for Eikrem in central midfield.
Hull’s side was markedly different to that which beat the Reds at North Ferriby back in November, boss Trevor Morgan no longer unable to call upon the experience of Dean Windass, Bryan Hughes and Stelios Giannakopoulos that proved so vital in that 2-1 win four months ago. Nonetheless, his much more youthful side – bottom of the league but boosted by a point in their last outing against Newcastle – gave a good account of themselves in the early exchanges, and should really have established an early lead, Ryan Kendall being guilty of wasting two gilt-edged chances.
While United had looked somewhat shaky, it hadn’t all been one-way traffic in that opening twenty minutes. Macheda in particular saw plenty of the ball and should probably have put himself on the scoresheet, Tom Woodhead in the Hull goal doing just enough to stop him. With the Reds starting to seize control of proceedings however, Woodhead’s resistance wasn’t to last and Macheda finally had the beating of him after 23 minutes, albeit from the penalty spot after Hanley tripped the lively Martin.
Just like on Monday the Reds had weathered an early storm and were now clearly in the ascendancy, and they doubled their lead on the half-hour. Possebon bundled his way forward through a couple of challenges, making the most of the ball breaking his way, and played Welbeck in with a throughball that the Mancunian forward nicked away from his marker before nonchalantly dinking over the befuddled Woodhead.
Further chances came and went before the break but Solskjaer’s side were firmly in control of the game and you sensed it would only be a matter of time before they wrapped things up, and sure enough it was 4-0 before the clock had reached the hour mark. The second half was just over five minutes old when a flowing United move sent Martin clear down the left. His cross just cleared everyone in the middle, but Welbeck was able to retrieve and fire back across goal, where a deflection presented Possebon with an open goal from six yards out – the result was inevitable. A first goal since October for the Brazilian, a figure that will disappoint him after his prolific pre-season form. Hopefully that one will open the floodgates for Rodrigo.
Seven minutes later it was Martin’s turn to get in on the act. United initially lost possession around 30 yards out but a casual pass from the Hull right-back gave Martin the chance to pounce, toe the ball away from the pass’ intended recipient before lifting a sublime chip over the onrushing keeper. The young winger from Taunton is a strong creative force but a lack of goals has always been a criticism levelled at him, yet with finishes like that it’s hard to see why he doesn’t net more regularly.
With the game settled, Solskjaer withdrew Welbeck, having already substituted Fábio at half-time and Richard Eckersley early in the second period – all three perhaps being kept fresh for first-team duty at Fulham on Saturday. Messrs Gill, Eikrem and Bryan were given run-outs as the Reds cruised through the last half-hour, not quite posing the same threat on the Hull goal but in no danger of missing out on a clean sheet. Indeed, the Pole in goal really needn’t have come back out after half-time.
The three points took the Reds to a tally of 16 from a possible 21 over the last five weeks, a run of form that has seen them surge up the Premier Reserve League North table into fourth place, just two points behind both Newcastle United and Manchester City, who themselves are six points behind leaders Sunderland. Second place is definitely a realistic aim for United, especially with a double-header with the Geordies to come over the next few weeks.
1. Tomasz Kuszczak
2. Richard Eckersley (14. Magnus Eikrem 56)
3. Fábio da Silva (12. Oliver Gill 46)
4. Corry Evans (c)
5. Ritchie de Laet
6. Matt James
7. Rodrigo Possebon
8. Danny Drinkwater
9. Federico Macheda
10. Lee Martin
11. Danny Welbeck (16. Anton Bryan 73)
Subs not used
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
15. Robbie Brady
Ref: Tony Harrington