Wednesday 2 United 2: U18s fail to make early dominance count
Posted by nickogs20 on March 28, 2009
|Sheffield Wednesday U18s||2-2||Manchester United U18s|
|Wood 29||–||Moffatt 12|
|Palmer 66||–||Ajose 22|
Despite dominating the first half, scoring twice and hitting the woodwork three times, United’s academy side were forced to settle for a draw this morning against their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts, who rallied well to get back into a game that looked like it could very quickly get away from them. On a morning that saw all four seasons pay a visit to Wednesday’s Middlewood Road ground and some almost unplayable conditions at times, the Reds took advantage of having the wind at their back and imposed themselves on the game early, Ollie Norwood and Cameron Stewart striking the frame of the goal before Scott Moffatt and then Nicky Ajose managed to find the net and give United a deserved lead. Sloppy defending from a set-piece gave the hosts a way back into the game before the break, and – with the conditions now in their favour – Wednesday made full use of that opportunity, grabbing an equaliser, and ultimately a share of the points, after a fine passing move caused havoc in the Reds’ backline.
Apologies for the ‘bullet-point’ nature of the following report, hopefully it provides some insight…
– Norwood hit the bar in the first five seconds with one of his trademark ‘straight from kick-off’ efforts, keeper got a vital touch.
– Stewart cracked a shot against the post after 9 minutes or so after a short corner involving Norwood and Danny Galbraith.
– United took the lead after 12 mins, Moffatt played a one-two with Chris Curran, looked to put across a low centre for the onrushing Norwood but the cross drifted in off the far post without anyone getting a touch, his first goal for the academy.
– Ten minutes later, Stewart beat his man down the left, cut the ball back, Ryan Tunnicliffe cleverly let it run which took their centre-half out of the game and Ajose had an easy finish – his 7th goal of the campaign so far.
– Just before the half-hour, a corner for Wednesday bobbled around the box without being cleared and skipper Nick Wood managed to just scramble it across the line to bring it back to 2-1.
– 36 mins, the hosts’ turn to hit the woodwork after a Wootton mistake left United exposed.
– Ajose toe-poked a tricky chance inches wide moments later, and then on the stroke of half-time Norwood curled a thirty-yarder against the bar – it seemed to bounce down on the line, hard to tell from the angles offered by MUTV and no appeals for a goal from anyone so you’d assume it didn’t go over.
– Wednesday had the wind at their backs in the second half, much more even game, them maybe shading it.
– Nice move from the Owls brought an equaliser – several passes strung together, Gill drawn out from the back and left stranded, Dudgeon got a great tackle in as one of their players looked set to score but unfortunately it fell to Liam Palmer who was left with a simple finish.
– Almost immediately from the kick-off Ravel Morrison was put clean through but a defender just got back at him enough to put him off slightly and he put his finish just past the post.
The second half was a much less eventful one than the first, which was played at a hectic pace, 16 shots on goal in total, and in at times quite horrendous conditions, so I guess that took it out of both sides. A somewhat disappointing result for the Reds given their first-half possession, chances and overall dominance but Wednesday deserved their point for a stirring comeback when things looked very bleak for them at one point.
1. Conor Devlin
2. Scott Moffatt (12. Reece Brown 46)
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Scott Wootton
5. Oliver Gill
6. Oliver Norwood
7. Chris Curran
8. Ryan Tunnicliffe
9. Cameron Stewart
10. Nicky Ajose
11. Daniel Galbraith (c) (14. Ravel Morrison 57)
Referee: MJ Denton