Premier Academy League
Huddersfield, Sat 4 September


Cofie 14, Cole 83, Thorpe 90

Highlights on MUTV: Sun 17:30

04/09/2010 13:59, Report by A Bostock, James Lynch

U18s: Huddersfield 0 United 3

United's Under 18s maintained a maximum-points start to the new Academy League season by winning away in West Yorkshire.

The Reds had the early fillip of John Cofie's 14th-minute goal, a side-footed finish past Huddersfield goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson. However, the visitors were not as clinical with the ensuing opportunities and therefore a game that could have been wrapped up by half-time remained dangerously in the balance. Ravel Morrison came closest to doubling the lead in the period of profligacy when his effort after 25 minutes struck the crossbar.

It was a similar story after the break with Allinson, the busier of the two keepers, making several good saves to keep United at bay. Tom Thorpe should have beaten him though, with a golden chance inside the six-yard box. Still leading just 1-0, the Reds were almost made to pay for their misses when Matt Crooks' effort was first saved by United's Joseph Coll and then the same Huddersfield player's header, from the resulting corner, was fortunately disallowed for a push in the area.

The reprieve was enough to push the Reds on to eventually get the all-important second goal, seven minutes from time, when Larnell Cole capped a jinking run on the right with a lethal angled shot. Fine saves at both ends then followed before Thorpe made it 3-0 in injury time, heading into an empty net from Morrizon's mazy dribble and chipped pass.

United: Coll; Fornasier, Thorpe, McGinty, M Keane; Lawrence, Cole, Morrison, Lingard; Cofie, W Keane.
Subs not used: Giverin, Jacob, Ekangamene, Barmby, Rudge.


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