THE ACADEMY

Premier Academy League
Carrington, 2 May 2012

MANCHESTER UNITED 0

BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
(Cham 83)

02/05/2012 12:58, Report by A Marshall & A Bostock

U18: United 0 Blackburn 1

Manchester United's Under 18s were marginally beaten again on Wednesday as table-topping Blackburn Rovers claimed a hard-fought victory at Carrington.

Modou Cham's lob over Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in the 83rd minute was enough to confirm a second defeat in five days for Paul McGuinness' boys, following Saturday's 2-1 loss to Everton. More importantly for Rovers, it confirmed them as champions of Premier Academy League Group C ahead of Manchester City.

Rovers, a muscular side with plenty of physical presence, had more chances than United throughout with Pierluigi Gollini tipping over a Ryan Edwards drive and Timothy Payne and Bradly Mason-Ware unlucky with other openings. Sam Byrne had most of the Reds' efforts and saw a header come back off the bar after Luke McCullough headed on a Joe Rothwell corner.

With seven minutes left, lively substitute Cham, who produced an eye-catching performance, sprinted clear of the defence to beat Gollini with McCullough unable to keep it out of the net despite a desperate attempt to clear. Cham felt he should have had a penalty when felled by Ben Pearson in stoppage time and the hosts mustered a couple of half-chances late on but Matthew Unwin saved bravely at Gyliano van Velzen's feet and Ashley Fletcher's header was comfortably held by the keeper.

United: Gollini; Grimshaw, Ioannou, McCullough, Blackett; Gorre (Wilkinson 78), Lawrence (Fletcher 68), Pearson, Rothwell, van Velzen; Byrne. Sub not used: Coll, Hendrie.

More:  Everton v United U18s match report | Reserves reach cup final

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