Reserves: United 1 Liverpool 0 – Gabby’s golden goal puts Reds on the brink of glory
Posted by nickogs20 on April 14, 2010
April 13th 2010, 7pm
Moss Lane, Altrincham
|Manchester United Reserves||1-0||Liverpool Reserves|
United are within touching distance of the Barclays Premier Reserve League North title after Gabriel Obertan’s glorious first-half strike clinched a 1-0 win over nearest challengers Liverpool.
With the Merseysiders trailing United by six points but having two games in hand heading into the game at Moss Lane, this meeting of fierce North West rivals was understandably billed as a title decider and was every bit as cagey and close-fought as you would expect from such an encounter. It took a stunning effort from Obertan on the brink of half-time to divide the two teams, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were good value for their win and now need just four points from their final two league games to clinch a first Northern section title in four years.
Solskjaer had the rare luxury of being able to name practically an unchanged side, with the sole change coming at right-back, where one Scott (Wootton) replaced another (Moffatt). Elsewhere the only change was positional, with Febian Brandy moving out to the wing and Obertan playing as the lone frontman.
As has typically been the case in recent meetings between these two sides, the opening exchanges were scrappy and dominated by the defences, the cageyness no doubt exacerbated by what was at stake for the two sides. United looked the more confident and constructive in possession, but struggled to breakdown the visitors’ rearguard.
It needed a moment of quality to break the deadlock and Obertan so nearly provided it after half an hour, gliding past Liverpool captain Irwin on the left and pulling the ball back to Brandy, whose goalbound effort was somehow kept out by a remarkable clearance from Victor Palsson. The Icelander appeared from nowhere to get an outstretched foot to the ball, leaving Brandy – already wheeling away in celebration – and everyone inside Moss Lane stunned.
Obertan wasn’t to be denied however, and with the first half seemingly drifting uneventfully to a close, he took matters into his own hands. Norwood’s long ball initially looked to have eluded the Frenchman, but refusing to give up on a seemingly lost cause, Obertan robbed the sloppy Plessis before letting fly from twenty yards with a truly unstoppable drive that left Gulacsi in the Liverpool goal grasping at thin air.
Full report to follow…
1. Ben Foster
2. Scott Wootton
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Corry Evans (c)
5. Ritchie de Laet
6. Oliver Gill
7. Cameron Stewart (15. Paul Pogba 86)
8. Rodrigo Possebon
9. Febian Brandy (16. Will Keane 46)
10. Oliver Norwood
11. Gabriel Obertan
Subs not used
12. Scott Moffatt
13. Conor Devlin
14. Tom Thorpe
Ref: A I Halliday
Liverpool: Gulacsi, Irwin, Cooper, Mavinga, Palsson, Amoo, Duran (Mendy 64), Plessis, Bruna, Saric, Dalla Valle (Kacaniklic 66).
Subs not used: Hansen, Brouwer, Kohlert.