Dallas Cup - Mens U19 Gordon Jago Super Group, Bracket A


(Van Velzen 24, Januzaj 74, 83pen)

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25/03/2013 23:04, Report by Adam Marshall
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Reds down Texans

Manchester United made it two wins out of two in the Dallas Cup with a 3-1 triumph over local favourites Dallas Texans. Despite falling behind, Warren Joyce's youngsters hit back through Gyliano van Velzen and a second-half brace by Adnan Januzaj.

The Reds looked the better side despite testing conditions in the wind and the busy Josh Harrop had an early penalty shout waved away after good approach work by van Velzen and James Weir. Another neat move involving Reece James and van Velzen then led to Harrop firing wide when he perhaps should have hit the target.

So the 20th-minute opener came very much against the run of play when a free-kick on the right was bundled home, with Brandon Aubrey getting the final touch, to cue wild celebrations from the Texans.

United stepped up a gear but Mats Daehli could only hit the near post after being found by a delightful Adnan Januzaj pass. Moments later, a free-kick on the right from Januzaj appeared to strike van Velzen on its way into the net.

It was no more than Joyce’s side deserved and van Velzen lashed over the bar on the turn after more eye-catching play by confident left-back James. The Dutch forward was then guilty of a weak finish after strong play in the build-up and he forced a save at the near post as the pressure started to build leading up to half time.

On the negative front, Januzaj was booked for simulation inside the box and a free header could have resulted in another Dallas goal from a set-piece but the Reds ended the half in the ascendancy as James’ low cross almost led to an own goal.

Despite the introduction of Sunday night's two-goal hero James Wilson, the Reds initially struggled to make the breakthrough after the interval. However, one burst by the substitute striker saw Januzaj have a shot deflected.

Michele Fornasier recovered from a serious-looking knock to continue to lead the team and Wilson had a long-range shot saved as he looked to cause problems. But it was another substitute, Jack Barmby, whose run led to United's second goal as he laid the ball into the path of Januzaj, under pressure, and the Belgian finished smartly.

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