Pre-season friendly
Somerset Park


(Norwood 54)

Attendance: 2,876.
25/07/2011 21:00, Report by A Marshall & C Butler

Norwood accounts for Ayr

United ended their short stay in Scotland with a second victory in a matter of days, courtesy of Oliver Norwood's second-half winner. 

The talented Northern Ireland international midfielder struck on 54 minutes, curling home a square pass by Paul Pogba from five yards outside the box. It was a spectacular strike worthy of winning any game and provided further evidence of this team's ability to bag goals from distance.

Warren Joyce's side played some nice football that drew applause from the appreciative home fans with Pogba particularly impressive. The young Frenchman shone in midfield and one move that also involved Darren Gibson and Danny Drinkwater clearly thrilled the Somerset Park faithful.

Gibson hammered a 30-yarder well wide while Michael Keane and Davide Petrucci were also off target with first-half efforts. Just before the interval, Pogba and Gibson's approach work carved out a great opening for Will Keane but home keeper Kevin Cuthbert was equal to the striker's shot.

Jesse Lingard, fresh from his hat-trick at Spartans on Sunday, almost doubled the lead soon after coming on as a substitute but his shot whizzed inches wide. Pogba deservedly picked up the sponsors' man of the match award but Cuthbert's display was also acknowledged and striker Michael Moffat deserves a mention for keeping the Reds' defenders busy.

United's second string move on to Tranmere for their next outing on Wednesday night.

United: Kuszczak; M.Keane, McGinty, Thorpe (Cole 15, Giverin 88), Fryers; Norwood, Drinkwater, Pogba, Gibson (Lonsdale 90), Petrucci (Lingard 52); W.Keane (Fornasier 75). Unused subs: Jacob, Cofie, Leao.

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