U18s: Manchester United v Wolves

Tuesday 25 April 2023 21:15

Manchester United's Under-18s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Wolves in the U18 Premier League North at Carrington, with both Sam Mather and Shea Lacey on target.

Our young Reds took the lead through Mather with just five minutes remaining in the first period, as he found time and space to fire his effort past Wolves goalkeeper Palmi Arinbjornsson.

The visitors soon hit back just before the hour mark, as Tom Edozie's right-footed strike beating Elyh Harrison to make it 1-1.

Shea Lacey then produced a moment of magic to restore our advantage, cleverly lofting the ball over Arinbjornsson from a seemingly impossible angle.

Wolves equalised once more with just ten minutes remaining, Dom Plank ensuring the spoils were shared between the two sides.
Shea Lacey is congratulated by his United team-mates after scoring our second goal of the game.
As the sunshine beamed down at Carrington, it was the young Reds who created the first opening in the game, as Ethan Williams's early curling effort flashed narrowly wide.

A neat team move involving four United players eventually saw the ball fall to Jaydan Kamason after half an hour, with his right-footed strike gathered well by Arinbjornsson.

With just five minutes remaining in the first half, Travis Binnion's side took the lead in the contest, with Mather picking the ball up well, before firing a superb effort that flashed across the Wolves goalkeeper.
The visitors looked to instantly hit back through Edozie, as he weaved his way into the Reds' penalty area. His right-footed effort sailed over the bar as the first half drew to a close.
As the second period rolled around, Wolves found a equaliser with 60 minutes on the clock, with the ever-threatening Edozie driving at the heart of our defence before slotting home to beat Harrison and thus restore parity.

Williams then looked to build on his recent hot streak in front of goal, with his right-footed effort gobbled up by Arinbjornsson soon after.

Lacey then produced his moment of magic to restore our lead with just twenty minutes remaining, as he weaved his way to the byline past two players before scooping the ball over the Wanderers keeper to make it 2-1.

Wolves then drew level for a second time in the game, with substitute Plank charging forward from inside his own half before smashing the ball home after 79 minutes played.

Lacey came forward again as our young Reds went in search of another go-ahead goal, with his outside-of-the-foot pass just evading Victor Musa's run in behind.

Harrison was called into action during the final knockings of the game, as he wonderfully denied Plank a brace with a strong save to keep the scoring level and ensure the game remained level at 2-2.
James Scanlon drives forward but his endeavours came to no avail, with the game ending level at Carrington.

Harrison, Nolan, Munro, Ogunneye (Missin, 60) Williams, McAllister, Fitzgerald, Kamason, Scanlon, Mather (Lacey, 60), Wheatley (Musa, 60).

Biancheri, Devaney.

Mather 40, Lacey 72.