Hat-trick helps Under-18s to a home win
Dutch youngster Dillon Hoogewerf grabbed a thrilling hat-trick as Manchester United’s Under-18s enjoyed an eventually comfortable 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Aon Training Complex.
Both teams chose to ignore the miserable weather conditions and produce a really lively opening to the game.
The ball was constantly in motion as the proceedings swept from one end to other but in the first instance there was little in the way of genuine chances in either penalty area.
Seconds later, at the opposite end of the field, there was an almost identical opportunity for Charlie McNeill but his effort suffered the same fate as Harrison’s.
Both keepers came to their team’s rescue during the next few minutes, with Newcastle’s Oliver Marshall blocking McNeill’s close-range shot before the Reds' Johan Guadagno pushed a drive from Lucas De Bolle over the bar.
The defences at both ends were having the best of it for most of the time but, in the 37th minute, the breakthrough arrived when Hoogewerf latched on to Alejandro Garnacho’s cross to sweep the hosts into the lead.
The game had suddenly sprung into life and four minutes after Newcastle’s equaliser, the pendulum had swung the other way again with Hoogewerf crashing in his second strike of the afternoon.
Neil Ryan sent on three substitutes shortly after his side had retaken the lead and one of those, Noam Emeran, went agonisingly close to raising the total to three with an audacious shot from wide on the left which struck the far post.
The Reds weren’t by any means finished and 25 minutes from the end, the entire team, including keeper Guadagno, engulfed Hoogewerf after he had completed his hat-trick.
United: Guadagno; Jurado, Bennett, Hardley, Pye; Iqbal (Svidersky 62), Savage; Hoogewerf, Hansen, Garnacho (Emeran 55); McNeill (Wellens 62).
Substitutes not used: Hughes, Vitek.
Goals: Hoogewerf 37, 57, 65, Savage 87 | De Bolle 53.