United’s Under-18s notched a third consecutive win in the Academy League, courtesy of a goal in each half from Norwegian midfielder Mats Daehli.
Daehli netted the opener with a low finish in the 12th minute, after Jack Barmby picked himself up from a foul to quickly take a free-kick and slot the ball through for the scorer. The Baggies immediately bounced back, however, and had a goal disallowed for offside, shortly before actually equalising from the penalty spot. Jones converted the kick after he was on the receiving end of a clumsy challenge by Reds defender Luke McCullough.
The visitors' attempts to go in front before the break, against the run of play, were thwarted when they had a second effort chalked off by the officials, again for offside. United's Adnan Januzaj also went close to shifting the scoreline from 1-1 when he fired narrowly wide from Gyliano van Velzen's pass. In an entertaining match, United's fluid attacking football cried out for a cutting edge and Daehli eventually provided it for a second time in the 65th minute. Tyler Blackett's cross from the left wing found its way to the far post, where the Norwegian volleyed in off the underside of the bar to make it 2-1 to the Reds.
The scoring ended there, although West Brom - reduced to ten men after Jamie Edge was sent off for dissent, nine minutes from time - appealed in vain for a late equaliser when they knocked the ball out of Liam Jacob's hands onto the post, only for the Reds keeper to gather it again before it could cross the line.
United: Jacob; Weir, Ekangemene, Blackett, McCullough., Rudge, Daehli, Hendrie (Byrne 61), Van Velzen, Januzaj, Barmby (Love 80). Sub not used: Sutherland, Wilkinson.