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Andi Istiabudi 20-09-2020 08:01 AM

Sticky: Man United U-18 Matches 2020/21


Unitedís Under-18s launched our Premier League North campaign with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at The Cliff on Saturday lunchtime.

Two goals from Joe Hugill, one in each half, put United into what appeared to be a comfortable lead but a late goal from the Lancashire lads provided the contest with something of a slightly nervy ending.

Neil Ryanís lads could scarcely have been given a sterner test for our seasonís curtain-raiser. The clubs have been locking horns at this level since Lancashire League days and it is invariably one of those Ďno quarter asked, no quarter givení occasions.

And that could barely have been better illustrated when, within the opening minute, Rovers defender Lennie Cirino was shown the yellow card after scything down Unitedís French youngster Noam Emeran.

Needless to say, it was a lively start to the game, and the season, for United and but for the intervention of midfielder Jared Harlock the Reds could have been a goal up early on through Rhys Bennettís header. It looked a certain goal for the Manchester-born defender but Harlock came to his side's rescue, heading the ball against the crossbar and away to safety.

Bennett, who has been at United since he was a tiddler, was involved again a little later when he was cautioned by the referee after blocking the progress of Rovers forward Alex Baker.

United were having the better of the attacking action and shortly before the half-hour mark had been reached we claimed our reward.

Skipper Martin Svidersky did well to win the ball in midfield and wasted no time in passing to Hugill, who took a couple of steps forward before unleashing a truly venomous shot that gave the Rovers keeper little chance of seeing it let alone saving it.

It was a great start to season for the former Sunderland striker and with a slight adjustment to his direction-finder he could have been celebrating a hat-trick soon after the interval.

The opening stages of the second half pretty well mirrored the earlier spell, with United still enjoying the bulk of possession and scoring opportunities.

Bennett was unlucky again, in the 63rd minute, when he found the net with a header but his effort was scrubbed out when the referee spotted that the ball had struck his arm before crossing the line.

It increasingly appeared that it was going to be Unitedís day and when Hugill cracked home his second goal of his debut, 16 minutes from the close, the points indeed looked to be secured.

Unitedís new goalkeeper Radek Vitek had enjoyed a reasonably comfortable first game for the club, but he wasnít found wanting in the closing minutes when he made two tremendous saves to deny the Rovers forwards.

But even he couldnít prevent Rovers from getting a late boost when Brandon Lonsdale scored for the visitors with two minutes remaining. It mattered little in the end though as the Reds held out for a deserved opening win.

United: Vitek; Hughes, Bennett, Hardley, Pye; Svidersky (c), Hansen-Aaroen (Hoogewerf 63), Savage; Wellens (Forson 78), Hugill, Emeran (Mejia 72).

Subs not used: Fernandez, Guadagno

Goals: (Hugill 29, 74)


Andi Istiabudi 27-09-2020 08:17 AM

Re: Sticky: Man United U-18 Matches 2020/21


Manchester United’s Under-18s swept to an impressive victory over Burnley at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday. Omari Forson claimed two of the goals with Alvaro Fernandez, Mateo Mejia and Noam Emeran also scoring in a 5-1 win.

It completed an early season double over Lancashire neighbours Burnley and Blackburn Rovers, who were beaten at The Cliff on the opening day of the campaign.

Beautiful blue skies with odd fluffy cloud gave the setting a mid-summer look but it was deceptive because the temperature was more like something akin to mid-winter. That didn’t, of course, bother the teams unduly as they went about their work in a suitably brisk fashion. Burnley were a team in hurry and their very first attack looked promising but Reds keeper Johan Guadagno was alert and smothered the threat.

United were quick to pick up the gauntlet and, in the eighth minut,e Forson took a short pass from Dillon Hoogewerf before beating Burnley keeper Sam Waller with a fierce drive.

The Reds’ confidence grew steadily following the that early breakthrough and we proceeded to keep the visitors’ defence and keeper Waller well occupied.

Waller was Burnley’s first-half top performer, making a string of excellent saves to ensure that his goal wasn’t breached again before the break.

The Clarets did have their moments and, in the 28th minute, Corey Brennan spotted Guadagno off his line and attempted an audacious long-ranger from the edge of the centre-circle but the United keeper stretched to comfortably collect the ball.

The second half largely belonged to United and we increased the lead, in the 65th minute courtesy of Fernandez’s ferocious strike, his first since signing from Real Madrid in the summer.

Forson grabbed his second goal of the game after 76 minutes, slamming the ball into the top corner, and then Burnley pulled one back, five minutes later, with a header from Kade Ratchford.

Just a minute from time, Mejia raised United’s total to four with a prodded finish after being played through by Dutchman Hoogewerf.

In the dying seconds, Burnley's Jack Leckie tugged Hoogewerf as he was homing in on goal and received a red card. From the free-kick, Emeran put the icing on the cake with a guided missile that deflected past a wrong-footed Waller.

United: Guadagno; Hughes (Dodgson 80), Bennett, Hardley, Fernandez; Hansen-AarÝen (Iqbal 69), Savage; Hoogewerf, Forson, Emeran; Mejia.

Substitutes: Mee, Pye, Gallagher-Allison.

Scorers: Forson 8,75 Fernandez 64, Mejia 89, Emeran 92) | Ratchford 81


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