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Academy Premier League
Saturday 5 August

LEEDS UNITED 2

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Morrison, Fryers
06/09/2009 11:59, Report by Ben Hibbs
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U18s: Leeds 2 United 2

United's Under-18s earned a 2-2 draw against Leeds on Saturday, after a late equaliser secured a point in a hard-fought game against Elland Road's youngsters

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Midfielder Ravel Morrison and defender Zeki Fryers were on the scoresheet for Paul McGuinness' young side.

Morrison had spurned a good early chance after a brilliant, intricate passing move from United. The Wythenshawe-born midfielder blazed over the bar from 18 yards, although the ball did appear to bobble before he struck it.

However, the 16-year-old was not so profligate with his next opportunity. John Cofie made a powerful surge through the heart of the Leeds midfield before slipping a pass to Morrison, who, from a much tighter angle, lashed his right-footed shot into the far corner.

In the second half there was another emphatic finish from a United midfielder, but unfortunately for Ryan Tunnicliffe, who was trying to clear a Leeds attack, he blasted the ball past Conor Devlin into his own net.

Leeds continued to press forward in blustery conditions, and as the Reds failed to deal with a swirling cross to the far post, the home side found themselves in front.

United were trailing

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