THE ACADEMY

29/07/2009 09:01, Report by Ben Hibbs

Reds reach last eight

United's youngsters continued their emphatic start to the defence of the Premier crown at Northern Ireland's Milk Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over Peruvian side Club Cantalao.

The Reds have earned a place in the last eight of the prestigious pre-season youth tournament, played against Desportivo Brasil tonight (Wednesday).

Paul McGuinness' young charges are in fine form after starting the competition with a 3-0 win over local boys County Antrim.

Dublin-born winger Robbie Brady was again in the thick of the action, adding a second brace in two days. He scored United's first and last goals, while Michael Ngoo and Etzaz Hussain got the others in a commanding display.

Reds boss Paul McGuinness told the competition's website, nimilkcup.org: "It was a comfortable success for us. We played some very clever football, but we were given room to do just that."

It says it all that the Man of the Match was Cantalao's goalkeeper Patricio Musso Savage, who prevented a much heavier loss. "I must praise their goalkeeper," added McGuinness. "He gave a top-class performance."

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