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WBA Academy, 6 February 2010

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3

MANCHESTER UNITED 0

06/02/2010 14:08, Report by Ben Hibbs, James Lynch
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U18s: WBA 3 United 0

United's Under-18s were overpowered by West Bromwich Albion's powerful strikeforce.

The Baggies, whose team included players with first-team experience, found the early breakthrough when Kayleden Brown teed up a close-range finish for Chris Wood.

New Zealand-born Wood has already had first-team experience - the 18-year-old forward made two Premier League appearances last season for West Brom.

The strike-partners then switched roles, with Wood playing in Brown, who fired past Reds goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with his left foot to send the Baggies in 2-0 up at the break.

United were unlucky as the Reds' own powerful front men, John Cofie and Joshua King, were desperately unlucky not to pull a goal back after both forwards hit the woodwork.

In the first half, Cofie received the ball 40 yards from goal and surged forward before cracking a shot off the base of the post.

Then in the second half King went on his own rampaging run before seeing his shot rattle the crossbar.

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