Bolton upset Manchester United tonight in the Manchester Senior Cup with a 1-0 victory thanks to a lovely goal from Kaiyne Woolery to set up a final against Manchester City.
United were missing a couple of their more experienced players at this level including Andreas Pereira, Tyler Blackett and Josh Harrop but were bolstered by Joe Rothwell‘s appearance under the terms of his youth loan at Blackpool which allows him to play for United when he hasn’t featured for Seasiders.
Meanwhile Andy Kellett made his first start against his parent club while Sadiq El Fitouri made his second appearance since joining from Salford City.
The first half finished goalless but not for the lack of attempts on both sides. United were lucky not to concede early on as Woodland’s ball flashed across the face of Joel Pereira‘s goal and Ryan Sellers then went even closer with his shot rattling the crossbar.
United’s best chances came from Kellett and Sean Goss. Ashley Fletcher was working hard and managed to send the ball through to the oncoming Kellett but the Bolton loanee wasn’t able to get his shot on target. Goss took a lovely free-kick after James Weir was fouled outside of the penalty area. The midfielder’s shot forced Harry Campbell into making a good save.
Callum Evans replaced El Fitouri at the start of second half. Bolton soon suffered an early scare when Holding was forced to clear off the line from a corner before Reece James then mis-hit a shot which bobbled away from the goal.
After the goal, United didn’t pose much of a threat to Bolton and any threat they did pose was diminished when Ashley Fletcher was replaced by Matty Willock. Substitute Callum Evans was replaced in the 80th minute, presumably having picked up a knock in the game. Bolton managed to hold out for a win and will face Manchester City in the final.
Manchester United: J. Pereira, Love, Thorpe, Grimshaw, James, El Fitouri (C. Evans 46′ [Tuanzebe 80′]), Goss, Weir, Rothwell, Kellett, Fletcher (Willock 73′).
Unused Substitutes: O’Hara, Rashford.
Man of the Match: Donald Love.