Manchester Senior Cup final
Thursday 7 August, 19:00 BST
Ewen Fields, Hyde FC

(Hiwula 16)

(Wilson 45,52,67,82)

07/08/2014 20:47, Report by Adam Marshall
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MSC: City 1 United Reserves 4

James Wilson scored all four goals as Manchester United thumped rivals City 4-1 to retain the Manchester Senior Cup.

There was little sign of what was to follow when the hosts led at Ewen Fields but the 18-year-old provided further evidence of his startling talent by stealing the show as Warren Joyce's side turned in a splendid second-half showing.

Andreas Pereira's shot from the kick-off proved to a rare attempt on goal in a first half that saw City dictate a slow tempo and pass the ball around largely unflustered. Hence, it was difficult to begrudge the Blues their opener as Devante Cole, son of Andy, tore down the left when Ben Pearson missed a challenge in midfield.

Joel Castro Pereira only got a touch to Cole's cross-shot and Jordi Hiwula was left with a simple tap-in from a couple of yards out. Tom Thorpe was then forced to make a saving challenge to prevent Hiwula scoring again following Seko Fofana's fine work.

There was a lack of urgency, typified by a lengthy water break, until Wilson took it upon himself to compensate for 45 minutes of fruitless running. When Pearson stole possession in first-half stoppage time, there seemed little threat but Wilson set off towards goal and outstripped three defenders before clipping a low finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Warren Joyce introduced Callum Evans and Josh Harrop for the second period and there was a marked difference in the Reds' play. Harrop fought for the ball and moved it through Andreas Pereira to Wilson. Another burst of pace took the exciting striker through and he nudged an impudent finish beyond Angus Gunn and Pablo Maffeo, who tried to keep it out on the line.

The game opened up in entertaining fashion as Wilson set up Andreas Pereira, only for Maffeo to deflect the shot wide, and Gunn was out smartly to deny Wilson a hat-trick following an excellent flick by Tom Lawrence. Although Joel Castro Pereira fielded a couple of ambitious attempts, United's no. 9

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