THE ACADEMY

Sunday 16 December
NexLions Cup Third place play-off

Singapore Youth Selection 1
Suhaimi (pen) 53

Manchester United 2
Weir 66, Daehli 70

16/12/2012 11:13, Report by Steve Bibby
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U19s: Singapore 1 United 2

Manchester United's Under-19s bounced back from Friday's NexLions Cup semi-final defeat to Sporting Lisbon to claim third place in the tournament with victory over hosts Singapore Youth Selection on Sunday.

Brian McClair's youngsters started the game immediately on the front foot, with James Weir hitting the post after just 45 seconds following a neat one-two with Sam Byrne.

Byrne himself had a great opportunity to open the scoring just three minutes later as he fired a shot straight at Singapore keeper Rudy Khairullah after good work by Jack Barmby.

A competitive, but ultimately goalless, first half ensued with Singapore captain Raihan Rahman stinging the palms of Pierluigi Gollini from distance, while Barmby's free-kick forced a decent save from Rudy.

Singapore's best opportunity came right on the stroke of half time, as Declan Dalley did extremely well to block Shahfiq Ghani's shot after the 20-year-old forward had been slipped through by Syafiq Zainal.

United suffered a nightmare start to the second half, however, as Dalley’s challenge felled Sahil Suhaimi, who dusted himself down before coolly sending Gollini the wrong way from the penalty spot on 52 minutes.

The Reds responded well and again Jack Barmby was involved - his curling shot floated just over the crossbar as United pressed forward for an equaliser.

It eventually came as Barmby and Mats Daehli combined from a quick corner, and James Weir was on hand to flick the Norwegian's low cross home from inside the six-yard box despite the best efforts of Shakir Hamzah on the goalline.

It was no more than the Reds deserved and United took the lead just four minutes later. In a role reversal, Weir turned provider to skip past the challenges of Singapore’s defence to play in Daehli on the left and he curled his effort into the

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