UNDER-21S

Barclays U-21 Premier League Final
20 May 2013, Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Vermijl 60, Cole 74,88)

TOTTENHAM 2
(Obika 29, Pritchard 42)

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20/05/2013 20:55, Report by Adam Marshall
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Report: United 3 Spurs 2

intercepted by Obika and the ball was worked to Pritchard, who buried a low drive into the bottom corner of Amos' net.

It was going to take a Herculean effort from United but Joyce replaced Pearson with Lawrence in an attacking move and the substitute was involved when a Januzaj free-kick eventually fell to Lingard, whose shot was saved by Archer. Vermijl had overhit a cross from the right flank seconds earlier when he received an astute pass by Tunnicliffe and, this time, he despatched a firm finish past Archer to pull a goal back. 

Although Kenneth McEvoy had a cross tipped over by Amos, the momentum was with the home side and Cole was booked for diving when it looked like Archer had tripped him to concede a penalty. Joyce and his assistant Nicky Butt were furious on the touchline but Cole responded to the perceived injustice by scoring the equaliser.

A lightning raid featuring Lingard and Januzaj allowed the top scorer to ram home off the bar in clinical fashion to the delight of the majority of the crowd. Spurs recovered and McEvoy flashed a volley into the side-netting but the sting in the tail was to be supplied by Cole.

Januzaj was heavily involved in the build up before Lawrence fed Cole inside the box and the clever midfielder rasped a tremendous finish beyond Archer for his second of the game to complete a marvellous comeback. United saw out four minutes of injury time as this was another night to remember for the youngsters with Sir Bobby presenting them with the trophy. 

United: Amos; Vermijl, Thorpe, M.Keane, James; Cole, Ekangamene, Pearson (Lawrence 56), Tunnicliffe, Lingard; Januzaj. Subs not used: Sutherland, Wilson, A.Pereira, Grimshaw.

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