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Default Re: Man United U-18 Matches 2017/18


Under-18 national final | Leigh Sports Village | Scorers: Sterling 4, Gilmour 58, Lamptey 63

Manchester United were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in the Under-18 Premier League national final, following goals by Dujon Sterling, Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey, with Gilmour later sent off 13 minutes from time.

The Reds were missing several players due to the Under-17 European Championship and injury, but were impressive after falling behind early on, until two goals in five second-half minutes put the issue beyond any real doubt.

In sweltering temperatures at Leigh, the visitors, the FA Youth Cup winners, made the better start and took an early lead. Marc Guehi collected a ball over the head of right-back George Tanner and pulled it back for fellow defender Dujon Sterling to tuck past Matej Kovar.

The response, though, was a positive one by Kieran McKenna's side, with Nishan Burkart firing tamely into the side-netting after keeper Jamie Cumming dealt unconvincingly with an Angel Gomes corner. Chelsea remained dangerous, with Guehi forcing a low stop out of Kovar and Callum Hudson-Odoi's rebound blocked.

United then enjoyed a superb spell, sparked by Mason Greenwood's splendid drive forcing an even better sprawling save out of Cumming. Dylan Levitt fired over, following strong play by Ethan Galbraith, and Gomes placed an effort wide. Tahith Chong then cut through the heart of the defence, only to delay his finish, and the route to goal was blocked.

The Reds continued to impress but Greenwood was thwarted by Reece James's last-ditch tackle and the hard-working Burkart had a penalty shout rejected. The first half ended with Kovar pulling off a fingertip stop to prevent Hudson-Odoi from doubling the lead for Jody Morris's side.

As in the first period, the Londoners enjoyed a positive spell after the restart and made the pressure pay. A free-kick was worked to Gilmour on the edge of the box and his finish bobbled away from Kovar and into the corner of the net. Cumming did well to repel a curler by Gomes before the task became a virtually impossible one.

Skipper Lee O'Connor's stray pass was ruthlessly punished as Charlie Brown fed Lamptey on the overlap and he thrashed a thumping effort beyond Kovar for number three. Kovar saved from the lively Hudson-Odoi before United steadied the ship and started to look for a goal of our own.

The Blues were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute, when Gilmour was dismissed for two yellow-card offences, within the space of 92 seconds, after cynical fouls on Tanner and O'Connor. Cumming held a drive by Gomes but there was still no way through for the home side.

Despite the defeat, with Chelsea keeping the first clean sheet of the campaign against the free-scoring Reds, there is plenty for Academy followers to be proud of and to look forward to in 2018/19.

United: Kovar; Tanner (Mellor 84), Bernard, O'Connor, B. Williams; Galbraith, Gomes (Traore 84), Levitt; Burkart (Baars 79), Greenwood, Chong. Subs not used: Fojticek, Dunne.

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