U18s: Swindon v United

Tuesday 16 January 2024 21:06

Manchester United Under-18s have been eliminated from the FA Youth Cup following a 2-0 fourth-round defeat at Swindon.

A first-half brace from Botan Ameen was enough to seal victory for the hosts, with Adam Lawrence's team ultimately unable to breach the Swindon backline throughout the clash at The County Ground.

Jack Fletcher and Jack Kingdon both had second-half efforts saved by the hosts' keeper Redman Evans, as United pushed hard to find a way back into the match, but stern defending ensured that Swindon advance to the next stage of the historic competition.

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United threatened in the opening stages, through Ethan Williams and Fletcher, but it was the hosts who struck first.

Joel McGregor's cross was flicked on by Ameen to the back post and, after George Alston squared the ball back across, the Swindon no.9 was in the right position to turn the ball home from close range.

The Swindon striker then added a second for the hosts after 38 minutes, being released by Jaxon Brown in behind before finishing beyond Harrison.

Jayce Fitzgerald fired over from the edge of the box on the stroke of the interval, as Lawrence's team looked for a way back into the fixture.

Ethan Williams looked to use his pace on the left for United in the first half.

At the start of the second half, both Alston and Ameen struck wide for the hosts, before the former latched onto the ball inside the box and fired a low shot towards goal that Harrison thwarted with a smart save.

United pressed, with Fletcher having a left-footed effort from inside the box saved well by Evans, before the Swindon keeper reacted well again to deny Kingdon.

Habeeb Ogunneye in action.

As the match entered the closing stages, United continued to pressurise the Swindon box, with Ruben Curley slicing a left-footed shot narrowly wide of the post after Ashton Missin's initial cross was cleared to the edge of the box.

But despite our efforts, the hosts remained resolute to book their place in the fifth round.

It is not the result Lawrence and his team will have wanted, but it is a match that will no doubt provide many lessons for the future.

Ashton Missin drives forward.


United XI: Harrison; Ogunneye, Jackson (c), Kingdon, Amass; Fitzgerald (Curley 56), Devaney (Musa 76), Fletcher; Missin, Wheatley, Williams (Scanlon 56).

Subs not used: Myles, Mantato, Munro, McAllister.

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