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U18s: City 2 United 3 – Reds roar back to inflict more derby despair

Posted by nickogs20 on April 28, 2010

April 27th 2010, 11am
Platt Lane Training Complex, Manchester

Manchester City Man Utd
Manchester City U18s 2-3 Manchester United U18s
Benali 23 Pogba 60
Bunn 27 King 75, 90

As if three injury time winners at first-team level this season weren’t enough, United’s U18s followed in the footsteps of their senior counterparts by breaking Manchester City hearts with yet another last gasp strike to take all three points at Platt Lane.

Things had looked bleak for the Reds in this rearranged fixture after some atrocious first-half defending handed the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break, but Paul McGuinness’ side have already shown this season that all is not lost in such a situation and duly mounted a stirring comeback. Paul Pogba’s majestic goal on the hour mark gave United hope and belief and a brace from Joshua King, the latter coming just after the game had moved into injury time, gave the young Reds a sensational victory. As if completing a rare double over City at this level wasn’t reward enough, the three points were also enough to move the Reds within touching distance of the Academy League Group C title.

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Full report to come…

1. Conor Devlin
2. Reece Brown
3. Sean McGinty (15. John Cofie 73)
4. Tom Thorpe
5. Scott Wootton (c)
6. Ryan Tunnicliffe
7. Nicky Ajose
8. Paul Pogba
9. Joshua King
10. Will Keane
11. Ravel Morrison

Subs not used
12. Jesse Lingard
13. Sam Johnstone
14. Larnell Cole
16. Michele Fornasier

Booked: McGinty, King

Ref: Mr Lawrence

City: Wood, Smith, Mitchell, Veseli (Grandison 79), Wabara, Kapsalopodas, Elabdellaoui, Benali (c), Hippias, Bunn (Siaw 64), Chantler.
Not used: Dean, Morrissey, Skogsrud.

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4 Responses to “U18s: City 2 United 3 – Reds roar back to inflict more derby despair”

  1. harts83 said

    Interesting that the belgium lad didn’t even get on the bench in this one but did for the reserves the other night.

    Too good for u18’s maybe.

  2. nickogs20 said

    Not at all. He’s an U16, he – like Michael Keane – isn’t quite ready for the U18s yet, but as the U18s were playing this game, the reserves couldn’t call on Pogba, Keane, King, Brown, Wootton et al to fill gaps so used U16s or U18 fringe players (Hussain, Cole, Lingard).

  3. fuego said

    Pogba’s goal was amazing. Do you think he might get a chance for the first team next season?

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