24/01/2009 13:00, Report by Ben Hibbs
U18s: United 3 Everton 2
United’s Under-18s snatched a late victory in an entertaining 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday, maintaining the Reds unbeaten start to 2009.
Paul McGuinness' charges comfortably defeated West Brom 4-1 last week, and though this was a more closely-fought contest it was equally impressive.
United led 2-0 before Everton pulled two goals back, and just as the matched appeared headed for a draw, exciting young starlet Ravel Morrison grabbed his second goal of the match to secure all three points, and maintain some pressure on Premier Academy League Group C leaders Manchester City.
Morrison gave United the lead after 17 minutes. Ryan Tunnicliffe’s shot was blocked and Morrison reacted quickest. His initial shot was saved, but he improvised brilliantly to loop his headed rebound over the Everton goalkeeper.
United started the second half by extending the lead. Cameron Stewart’s excellent wing-play saw him penetrate into the Everton box and cross for Nicky Ajose to fire home at the far post.
Everton struck twice and, heading into the final ten minutes of the match, must have thought they had earned a draw. But with just two minutes remaining United launched a late attack. The ball bounced around in the box and Morrison was again sharpest to react, smashing his shot home to ensure victory.United: Devlin; Strickland (Moffatt 57), Wootton, Gill, Dudgeon; Stewart (Curran 69), Norwood, Tunnicliffe, Morrison, Ajose; Brandao (King 57).
Sub not used: Woods