Under-18s show spirit in Everton clash
Neil Ryan’s Manchester United team were involved in a tight and keenly-fought match against Everton on Saturday, equalising twice before being edged out 3-2 at the Aon Training Complex.
Charlie Wellens and captain Charlie McCann, from the penalty spot, both scored equalisers in the first half but unfortunately United couldn't find another goal to salvage a point after Everton went ahead for a third time.
Unlucky to lose in the seven-goal thriller at Liverpool, our Under-18s could also garner encouragement, if indeed that was required, from two comfortable home victories over Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.
The Reds looked positive and confident, starting the game on the front foot. Chances at either end were at a premium during the opening spell but that all changed in the 16th minute when Everton, who defeated Sunderland 10-0 at Finch Farm in their previous fixture, took the lead with a fine headed goal from Reece Welch.
It wasn’t altogether against the flow of play because the visitors had already started to ease their way into the contest. As the half unfolded, the balance of territorial advantage was shared equitably and it came as no surprise when Wellens fired home United's first leveller after latching on to Hannibal Mejbri's right-wing cross.
United were playing catch-up again and just before the break we were back on level terms thanks to McCann’s accuracy from the penalty spot after Dillon Hoogewerf had been fouled.
The contest was all-square at the interval, 2-2, but that was soon to change yet again, just three minutes after the teams reconvened. Cannon scored his second goal of the game to give the visitors the advantage for the third time.
Unfortunately, that goal wasn’t to be forthcoming but that wasn’t down to shortage of effort and application. Both Mark Helm and Hoogewerf went agonisingly close, but Everton battled well at the back to preserve their lead.
United: Mastny; Neville, Hockenhull (Hughes 60), Fish, Hardley; McCann, Mejbri, Helm (Forson 69); Wellens, Hoogewerf, Shoretire (Sotona H-T).
Substitutes not used: Mee, Mejia.
Scorers: United - Wellens 32, McCann pen. 43 | Everton - Welch 16, Cannon 35, 48.
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