Premier Academy League
Carrington, Sat 6 March 2010
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Ajose 4, Keane 83
CREWE ALEXANDRA 2
Koral 17, Oswell 61
United: Johnstone; Roberts-Nurse (King 67), Fornasier, Thorpe, Fryers; Cole, Wootton, Tunnicliffe (Hussain 7), Ajose; Keane, Lingard.
Sub not used: Devlin
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William Keane fired a late equaliser to earn a point for United's Under-18s in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Crewe at Carrington.
Keane netted his 11th goal in 18 games seven minutes from time with an inch-perfect first-time shot into the roof of the net after being found by substitute Joshua King.
United had earlier taken the lead through Nick Ajose after just four minutes. The 18-year-old made a fine run down the left before cutting inside and rolling a lovely effort into the far corner.
Crewe drew level on 17 minutes through Michael Koral, but United and Sam Johnstone in particular will be hugely disappointed by the manner in which the goal was conceded. As a Crewe corner came in from the left, Johnstone opted to punch clear but the ball merely spun off his fist into the path of Koral who hooked it in from two yards.
Things got worse for Paul McGuinness' men just after the hour when Jason Oswell headed his third goal of the season against United having already struck twice in Crewe's 2-1 win at Gresty Road back in October. Koral did well to keep possession in the build-up before finding substitute Sean Cooke on the left and he stood a cross up for Oswell who rose highest to put Crewe ahead.