Barclays Under-18 Premier League

Aon Training Complex

(Harrop 6, Evans 29, Fletcher 34, 49, Croskery 74, Wilson 75)

(Smith 39) 

28/08/2013 16:05, Report by Adam Marshall
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U18s: United 6 Wolves 1

Manchester United's Under-18s scored three times in each half to register a convincing 6-1 defeat of Wolves at the Aon Training Complex.

The only League One club in the Academy division provided a sterner test than the scoreline suggests and enjoyed a good period just before half-time but were unable to contain a side featuring Josh Harrop's invention in midfield and James Wilson's blistering pace and intelligence in attack.

Some sloppy defending allowed two-goal Ashley Fletcher to win possession and tee up Harrop for an early opener and only the woodwork denied Wilson moments later after the skipper rounded goalkeeper Scott Dutton and a goal seemed certain. Wilson and Harrop were always at the forefront of things, firing wide and shaving the bar respectively, although Dan Murray offered a shot wide in retaliation for the visitors.

Wilson scooped a lob over the bar following some persistent play by Nicholas Ioannou but the second goal arrived from an unlikely source as full-back Callum Evans played a one-two with Harrop and smashed past Dutton at his near post. Dutton fared better with a deflected Wilson effort, saving superbly, but was beaten again when a neat run by Harrop allowed Fletcher to get on the scoresheet.

Sean Goss' shot caused Dutton problems but Wolves made a fight of things when Kieran O'Hara could only push a Peter Smith drive onto a post and into the net. With their tails up, Cieron Keane then forced an important touch from O'Hara to divert the ball for a corner.

Any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished after the interval when Harrop's centre was met by Fletcher's aggressive close-range header. Jesse Devers worked O'Hara before both sides almost put through their own net, Dutton punching a Goss corner towards the goal and Ioannou sending a Tom Hill cross against a post.

Harrop continued to impress by making a goalline clearance and was too high with a free-kick attempt after Fletcher was fouled. Two goals inside a minute extended the lead with

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