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Preston 0 United 4: Reserves turn on the second-half style en route to another final

Posted by nickogs20 on April 20, 2009

April 20th 2009, 2pm
Deepdale, Preston

Preston Man Utd
Preston North End Reserves 0-4 Manchester United Reserves
Drinkwater 58
Martin 60
Ajose 75
James 84

United may have suffered semi-final heartbreak at Wembley yesterday, but no such fate or drama awaited the reserves today as a stirring second-half display saw them comfortably overcome Preston by four goals to nil on a beautifully sunny afternoon at Deepdale. After dominating a tepid first-half without overly threatening the Preston goal, the Reds found their shooting boots in the second half and simply overpowered a Lilywhites side who worked hard but were ultimately out of their depth.

Goals from Danny Drinkwater, Lee Martin, sub Nicky Ajose and an absolute screamer from Matt James sent Ole Solskjaer’s side through to a second consecutive LSC Final (against either Blackburn or Bolton) in some style, and there was further good news for Reds fans in the form of Wes Brown’s return to action after a long injury lay-off, the England defender completing nearly an hour at right-back.

More to follow…

1. Ben Amos
2. Richard Eckersley
3. Oliver Gill
4. Corry Evans (c) (14. Cameron Stewart 60)
5. Ritchie de Laet
6. Wes Brown (15. Joe Dudgeon 58)
7. Magnus Eikrem (16. Nicky Ajose 68)
8. Danny Drinkwater
9. Matt James
10. Lee Martin
11. Zoran Tošić

Subs not used
12. Jimmy Derbyshire
13. Conor Devlin

Referee: D Bond

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