THE ACADEMY

FA Premier Academy League
Carrington, Sat 26 Jan

MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Welbeck 18, Macheda 76, Drinkwater 86

EVERTON 3
Codling, Asgard (2)

27/01/2008 11:40, Report by Nick Coppack

U18s: United 3 Everton 3

United’s Academy side rallied late to come from two goals down and earn a 3-3 draw against Everton on Saturday.

The Merseysiders went into the match three points ahead of the Reds and, coincidentally, on the back of a 3-3 draw with neighbours Liverpool a fortnight ago.

Danny Welbeck, back from Saudi Arabia after a stint with United's first-team, opened the scoring on 18 minutes before the Toffees hit back on the half-hour mark with a sublime chip from Lewis Codling.

Kieran Agard then struck either side of the interval to send the visitors 3-1 up, but Paul McGuinness’ team dug in to engineer a brave comeback. Italian striker Federico Macheda scored his eighth league goal of the season before Danny Drinkwater produced a moment of magic with just four minutes remaining.

Everton may have felt harshly done by with the award of a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Drinkwater took full advantage by curling the ball into the top corner to complete the rescue effort.

There was still time for Everton to hit the post in the final minute, but United held on to pick up a valuable point in what was one of the sternest tests of the season so far.

United: Amos, Moffatt, Dudgeon (Galbraith 71), James, Gill (Evans C 71), Norwood, Curran, Drinkwater, Welbeck, Macheda, Brady

Subs not used: Brandao,  McCormack, Eikrem

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