UNDER-21S

Barclays Premier Reserve League

Whitley Park, Monday 16 April

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3
(Inman 16, Airey 26pen, Taylor 32)

MANCHESTER UNITED 6
(W.Keane 40,40,54,73 Petrucci 64, De Laet 76)

 

16/04/2012 20:51, Report by Adam Marshall
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Res: Newcastle 3 United 6

United came from three goals down to slam six goals past Newcastle and clinch the Barclays Premier Reserve League North title in style. Will Keane led the way by netting four times to take his domestic tally for the season to 16 in 23 games with Davide Petrucci and makeshift forward Ritchie De Laet also getting in on the act in the second half.

The Reds looked determined to make light work of the task from the start with Will Keane forcing Jak Alnwick into a flying save with an ambitious drive and Jesse Lingard lobbing too close to the keeper after being put in the clear by Marnick Vermijl's excellent pass.

But the Magpies fired a warning when a Brad Inman cross went dangerously across goal and the Australian grabbed the opener with a simple tap-in from a Phil Airey cross despite initially looking offside. Lingard could not get any power into his shot after a barnstorming run down the left by De Laet and Larnell Cole fired wide of an empty net from distance after Alnwick came out to meet Will Keane with a vital tackle outside the box.

Disaster struck when Ezekiel Fryers was adjudged to have handled a ball that appeared to hit his chest and Airey slipped the penalty past Sam Johnstone with ease. Six minutes later, Dan Taylor was left unmarked to head home at the far post following some fine play by Michael Richardson to make it 3-0.

After Richardson blazed over a chance to score himself, home skipper Jeff Henderson picked up an elbow injury that seemed to have a negative effect on the defence. A clever backheel by Davide Petrucci was pounced upon by Will Keane, who showed his pace and buried a firm low finish.

56 seconds later, the England Under-21 international latched onto a Lingard pass and slammed a wonderful finish past Alnwick to bring United right back into the game. Some wasteful free-kicks ruined any hope of restoring parity before the break but Fryers had to make a saving tackle to thwart Airey in time added on.

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