U18s Report: Newcastle United 1-7 Manchester United

By at 2:01 pm 25/09/2012

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Manchester United U18s emphatically defeated Newcastle 7-1 in an enthralling game which saw striker James Wilson bagging five goals, his first goals of the season. Jack Rudge and Kenji Gorre also got on the score sheet to round off an outstanding display from the young players.

The plaudits will rightly go to Wilson after such a composed display in front of goal and his tally of five goals equalled a feat that has only been achieved by a few who have worn the famous red shirt.

Wilson’s turn of pace and close control took him past defenders with ease, which when combined with his composed finishing, allowed him to take full advantage of the service he was provided with. Wilson even managed to score four goals in the opening 35 minutes of the game, putting United in a comfortable position approaching half time.

His anticipation was excellent in this game and this was well read by Daehli, who played a number of decisive through balls which put Wilson in on goal. Daehli also showed that he can do a lot more than just pass the ball, frequently running at the Newcastle defence causing panic with his mazy dribbles and surging runs.

Whilst United looked very confident in attack, the defence was caught out on a few occasions. However, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was in fine form and he made three excellent saves during the game. Such confident goalkeeping can only breed confidence in a team and United continued to attack in search of more goals.

We didn’t have to wait long for the fifth goal as a thunderbolt of a free kick by Jack Rudge rattled the back of the net just before half time.

Newcastle made it 5-1 within five minutes of the restart. After a good run, a cross was sent into the penalty area which Newcastle’s Esteban Cardona-Lopez did well to head the ball home.

This spurred United on and within 12 minutes, the score was 6-1 through another goal by Wilson, who latched onto a ball from Andreas Pereira before slotting the ball home.

United made it 7-1 on 73 minutes with Pereria involved again, this time showing his composure by laying the ball to Gorre who calmly fired home past the goalkeeper.

This was an outstanding display from Paul McGuinness’ young side with many great individual performances as well as a collective performance to be proud of.

United: Gollini, Evans, McNair (Wilkinson 74), Grimshaw, Rowley (Harrop 46), Rudge, Pearson (Gorre 63), Weir, Daehli, Periera, Wilson. Subs not used: O’Hara, Byrne.

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