Youth Cup: United 2 Birmingham 0 – Reds edge past battling Blues
Posted by nickogs20 on December 11, 2009
December 10th 2009, 7pm
Moss Lane, Altrincham
|Manchester United U18s||2-0||Birmingham City U18s|
It wasn’t particularly convincing, it certainly wasn’t all that pretty but ultimately, a hard-fought 2-0 win over Birmingham City was enough to send United’s academy side through to Round Four of this year’s FA Youth Cup.
Things couldn’t have started better for Paul McGuinness’ side, who were ahead before the clock had even reached the sixty-second mark thanks to some slack marking from the visitors and a smart header from Paul Pogba. United struggled to build on that early advantage however and the Blues gave as good as they got, maybe even having the better of the first-half and likely feeling more than a little unfortunate to go in two behind at the break after Nicky Ajose doubled the Reds’ lead on the half-hour mark.
With Birmingham still very much in the game, a pivotal moment came eight minutes into the second half as the Blues were awarded something of a soft penalty, only for striker Jake Jervis to see his penalty brilliantly saved by Conor Devlin. A goal there and it could have been a very different game but that miss seemed to drain the visitors’ belief, and the Reds saw out the rest of a tricky tie in relative comfort to ensure their name would be in the hat for tomorrow’s fourth round draw.
More to come…
1. Conor Devlin
2. Michele Fornasier
3. Sean McGinty
4. Tom Thorpe (16. Alberto Massacci 21)
5. Scott Wootton
6. Ryan Tunnicliffe
7. Ravel Morrison
8. Paul Pogba
9. Will Keane
10. Davide Petrucci (c)
11. Nicky Ajose
Subs not used
12. Larnell Cole
13. Sam Johnstone
14. Jesse Lingard
15. John Cofie
Booked: McGinty, Wootton, Pogba.
Birmingham: Butland, Dunphy, Rowe, Mutch, Packwood, Preston, Hubbins, McPike (Bogle 74), Jervis, Sammons, Asante.
Unused subs: Daniels, Redmond, Hronec, Ntambwe.