Manchester United u18s kept up their 100% away record in the league with a 7-1 win away at Newcastle United with James Wilson and Mats Daehli stealing the show.
The under 18s have had an indifferent start to the season, winning the 3 away homes and losing the 2 home games, and after a fairly slow start, carved out their first real opening in the 11th minute when a short corner from Wilson to Pierra was squared to Weir who shot just over the bar. United then started to run riot from the 19th minute until half time. Their first came as Rudge played a through ball to Wilson who went past the last man the slotted the ball home to the keepers right.
Whilst still dominating possession, United were nearly made to pay on the counter in the 28th minute as Newcastle’s number 9, Quinn, found himself 1 on 1 with Gollini who made an easy save to deny the young magpie. Quinn carved out another chance just minutes later as Rowley crossed from the right, and he headed the ball towards goal, only for Gollini to push it onto the bar and out for a corner.
United turned up the pressure again in the 29th minute as Mats Daehli took the ball foward on a 65 yard run beating 4 players only to scuff his shot wide. Daehli made amends soon after by slotting a through ball forward to Wilson who finished cooly to double United’s lead in the 31st minute.
The same combination of players provided United’s 3rd in the 34th minute as Daehli ran down the right and squared to Wilson who bagged his hatrick, and then added a 4th two minutes later as he rounded Newcastle’s keeper once again and slotted home. It could have been 5 in the 42nd minute as Wilson this time played the ball to Daehli who curled a shot round his man but just the wrong side of the post. United’s midfield was also excelling, with the duo of Jack Rudge and Ben Pearson dominating their counterparts and it was Rudge who rounded off a perfect half with a stunning free kick on the stroke of half time to make it 5-0 to the reds.
United made one change at half time, bring off Rowley for Josh Harrop. Newcastle started brightly in the second half, forcing Gollini into a drop from a cross and several other saves. The north east side got a goal back in the 49th minute after some slack defending from United however Wilson wasn’t finished yet, and when Periera played him in in the 61st minute, there was only ever going to be one result. Wilson finished his 5th of the day to extend United’s lead to 6-1, then Kenji Gorre, who had just come on for the consistent Pearson, completed the route in the 75th minute as some determined work from Weir led to a pass to Wilson, who in turn provided Gorre with a simple tap in.
Manchester United u18’s next game is a friendly against Nantwich Town away on Tuesday to mark the 60th annivesary of the teams first meeting in the inaugural FA youth cup. The result that day was United 23, Nantwich 0.