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


(Wilson 65, 90)

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25/03/2013 02:12, Report by Tom Clare
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Reds win in Dallas

successfully, but almost paid the price for not turning dominance into goals just before half-time.

A harmless through ball was played into the Reds' penalty area and after Pearson and Mexican midfielder Solace came together, the referee inexplicably pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Sanchez to hammer the ball to Gollini’s right but the United custodian made a brilliant save, diving low and pushing the ball to safety.

The Reds made two changes at half-time, bringing on Liam Grimshaw for Ekangamene and Jack Rudge for Hendrie, and shortly afterwards Wilson was introduced as a replacement for Barmby.

United started the second half as they had the first, dominating possession and pushing the Mexicans back, but were perhaps over elaborate with the final pass. However, the breakthrough came in the 61st minute when a quick through ball down the right-hand side found Wilson who had timed his run perfectly. At first it looked as though he had taken one touch too many as he entered the area but before the ball could run away, he was able to push it past the advancing goalkeeper.

The Mexicans seemed to lose their composure a little after going behind and had a man sent off for a second yellow-card offence in the 66th minute. The Reds had a lucky escape though after giving away a free-kick just outside the box. Club America midfielder Esquival thumped a tremendous effort against the bar and United breathed a sigh of relief.

The game became a little feisty with several niggly fouls, but the young Reds remained composed as they soaked up pressure from the Mexicans and relied on quick counter-attacking moves, a tactic which paid off in the final minute of the game.

The ball was played out of defence quickly and Wilson roared away from the halfway line to draw the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the net. Game, set and match to United at 2-0.

There will be little respite for the young Reds and little time to savour the joy of victory as the second game follows tomorrow (Monday, 21:00 UK time) against Dallas Texans at the University of Texas’ Dallas campus. The local team lost their opening match in Bracket A, 1-0 to

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