Premier Academy League
Carrington, Sat 28 August

McGinty 19, Fornasier 24, Lawrence (pen) 56, Cofie 60, Barmby (pen) 87


MUTV Online: Highlights
28/08/2010 12:06, Report by Ben Hibbs
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U18s: United 5 Cardiff 0

United's Under-18s routed Cardiff City 5-0 at Carrington on Saturday morning to continue the Reds' unbeaten start to the season.

After last weekend's drama in an injury-time 3-2 triumph away to Chelsea, this was a far more straightforward victory on home turf.

United completely dominated the first half and took a deserved 2-0 half-time lead through goals from defenders Sean McGinty and Michele Fornasier, before Tom Lawrence, John Cofie and Jack Barmby extended the scoreline after the break.

The opening goal arrived after 19 minutes when Tom Lawrence pulled the ball back after Cardiff failed to clear a corner and Irish defender Sean McGinty tapped the ball home from close-range. It's his second goal in as many games for the U18s, and in truth it was more difficult to miss.

Five minutes later the Reds doubled the lead, with another defender opening his account for the season - the fourth defender in two games to do so - and another goal invited on themselves by the visitors. The Bluebirds failed to deal with Larnell Cole's corner and Italian centre-half Michele Fornasier, who signed professional forms with United this week, was free to head the ball into the empty net.

It took United just ten minutes of the second half to find the third goal, which came from the penalty spot.

Norwegian midfielder Etzaz Hussain picked out Tom Lawrence's run and flighted a brilliant ball beyond the Cardiff defence. Lawrence was sandwiched by Cardiff's keeper and a Bluebirds defender to earn a penalty. The young Welshman dusted himself down and stepped up to take the penalty. He shaped to put his foot through it, but instead placed his shot past the deceived keeper.

As in the first half, United added another goal in quick succession. This time it was striker John Cofie, who scored the winner in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea last week. The Reds struck on the break, with midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe going on a typically rampaging surge forward before playing in Cofie, who applied a calm finish to make it 4-0.

McGuinness' young side refused to rest on the scoreline, pressing forward for more goals. Lawrence went close to his second of the match with a glancing header that drifted just

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