Bolton 1 United 3: Reserves start season in style as Bolton are beaten again
Posted by nickogs20 on August 25, 2009
August 24th 2009, 7pm
County Ground, Leyland
|Bolton Wanderers Reserves||1-3||Manchester United Reserves|
|O’Halloran 10||–||Cathcart 3|
United’s reserves got their Barclays Premier Reserve League North campaign off to winning start this evening with an ultimately convincing 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Returning to the County Ground in Leyland, scene of last week’s Lancashire Senior Cup Final triumph against the same opposition, a much more open and exciting match than that encounter saw the Reds seize control of the game in the second half after a much more even first 45 minutes that had seen Craig Cathcart and Wanderers’ Michael O’Halloran trade early goals and Zoran Tošić hand Ole Solskjaer’s side a slightly fortuitous lead on the stroke of half-time.
The second half turned into something of a duel between a much more dominant United and Robert Lainton in the Bolton goal, with numerous opportunities to kill off the match going begging before Sam Hewson finally secured all three points and an opening day win with a late header.
Last week’s LSC clash had seen an experience-laden Trotters side narrowly beaten by a much younger Reds XI, but the league meeting brought something of a role reversal. Bolton fielded a completely different starting lineup with much more of a youthful look to it, while United mixed in a bit more of a first-team flavour in the form of Wes Brown and Darron Gibson, both looking for vital match practice. At the other end of the experience scale, Solskjaer handed a first reserves start to his compatriot Joshua King, the 17 year-old having really impressed throughout pre-season for both the second string and the academy.
Full report to follow…
1. Ben Amos
2. Wes Brown (16. Cameron Stewart 58)
3. Ritchie de Laet
4. Matt James
5. Craig Cathcart
6. James Chester (c)
7. David Gray
8. Darron Gibson (14. Magnus Eikrem 58)
9. Joshua King
10. Danny Welbeck
11. Zoran Tošić (15. Sam Hewson 58)
Subs not used
12. Joe Dudgeon
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
Bolton: Lainton, Riley (Battersby 55), Bennett, Eckersley (Harsanyi 28), Stokes, O’Halloran, Sheridan, McDonald, Blakeman, Mooy (Michail 71), Campbell.
Subs not used: Lynch, McGeechan.
Ref: M Heywood (Cheshire)