Under-18s: Manchester City 2 United 2
Local honours were even and points were shared as United and City battled out a 2-2 draw at Etihad Campus on Saturday.
City had their ranks reduced in the first half when central defender Sammy Robinson was given his marching orders following a clash with Brandon Williams.
The hosts very nearly succeeded in that mission at the conclusion of one attack that saw them make at least four attempts to squeeze the ball home but United’s defence stood firm and the danger passed.
However, City were not to be denied for much longer and they duly took the lead in the 17th minute, with a goal scored by D’Margio Wright-Phillips.
The Reds were quick to make capital out of having the extra man, grabbing the equaliser within four minutes. Williams sent over a great cross from the right and Galbraith found the net with a terrific finish.
United goalkeeper Jacob Carney then made two fantastic saves to keep City from regaining the lead as the first half was drawing to a close.
As time passed, the Reds gradually began to use the imbalance in personnel to better effect and as a result the number of opportunities began to increase. City ‘keeper Louis Moulden certainly earned his wages with a string of good saves and the Blues’ defence also did well to preserve their team’s lead.
The clock looked to be working against United but, in the 81st minute, defender Reece Devine was felled in City's area and referee Adam Brown showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The Reds had been battling hard to claim something from the contest and that was achieved when Levitt confidently placed his penalty past Moulden.
United: Carney; Williams, Hockenhull (Hughes 58), Bernard, Devine; Levitt, Traore, Galbraith; Ramazani, Elanga, McCann.
Substitutes not used: Stanley, Mastny, Helm, Shoretire.
Scorers: City - Wright-Phillips 17, Knight 49; United - Galbraith 38, Levitt pen. 81.