Sunderland 2 United 2: Late error costs U18s a fine win on the road
Posted by nickogs20 on May 3, 2009
May 2nd 2009, 12pm
The Academy of Light, Sunderland
|Sunderland U18s||2-2||Manchester United U18s|
|Fletcher 9||–||Ajose 48, 57|
|R Noble 86||–||–|
Sunderland scored after just nine minutes when Matthew Fletcher’s shot from the left deflected off Reece Brown and eluded the wrongfooted Conor Devlin. Michal Misiewicz in the Black Cats’ goal made some wonderful saves to keep United at bay. Thorpe replaced Moffatt after 20 minutes after Scott picked up a head injury that he was unable to shake off – Thorpe went to centre-half and Brown went to right-back. We dominated the opening half but couldn’t turn our superiority into goals.
Three minutes into the second half Nicky Ajose scored from six yards out after good work from Brandão. The big Portuguese cleverly fed Ajose, who showed excellent close control inside the box before firing past Misiewicz and into the roof of the net. The Reds continued to press and had the best of the game with Devlin not really troubled. Then from a long goal kick from the Ulsterman, the ball was flicked on by Josh King and Ajose lobbed the advancing keeper from outside the box to give United a deserved lead. United continued to have most of the possession and King twice went close to a killer third goal, forcing a fine save with a fierce strike before then heading against the post from a Norwood set-piece.
Those efforts not going in typically ended up costing United. With the game entering the final stages, Dudgeon gave away a free kick on the touchline. The cross came in and Devlin made a hash of it, failing to collect and dropping the ball at the feet of a grateful Ryan Noble, who slotted it into the vacated net. 2-2 the final score, reasonably fair on balance and another decent result for United against one of the strongest academy sides around.
1. Conor Devlin
2. Scott Moffatt (12. Tom Thorpe 20)
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Reece Brown
5. Scott Wootton
6. Oliver Norwood
7. Cameron Stewart
8. Matt James (c)
9. Joshua King
10. Evandro Brandão
11. Nicky Ajose
Referee: J Buglass
Sunderland: Misiewicz, Bagnall, Madden, Cornforth, Hourihane, L Noble, Wilson (Slegg 65), Wood (O’Mahoney 65), Reed, R Noble, Fletcher (Galer 65).
Unused: Hunter (G.K.), Marrs