Reds' Under-18s win a thriller on Tyneside
Manchester United Under-18s staged a quite remarkable fightback on Saturday to claim a first league win in four fixtures, beating Newcastle United 5-2.
First-team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will most definitely be hoping that this terrific result is an omen, ahead of the Premier League clash between the same clubs on Sunday.
United started the game positively, as we looked to arrest a sequence of four games without a win, and it was an encouraging opening fifteen minutes or so as the Reds bossed the match territorially.
The home side slowly, but surely, began to ease their way into the proceedings with both Dylan Stephenson and Josh Gilchrist trying their luck in front of goal. Then, in the 18th minute, the Magpies confirmed their ascendancy when Gilchrist fired past Ondrej Mastny to put his side into the lead.
The Magpies certainly had their tails up and fourteen minutes later they were flying high, after Stephenson had put them two-up. Suddenly it was a long way back for the Reds but help was forthcoming when, in the 38th minute, Reece Devine lofted in a cross from the left and an unchallenged Hoogewerf headed home from close range.
The outcome of this match was already too close to call and this was especially true when the Reds claimed the equaliser just nine minutes into the second half.
It was through the same combination, Devine and Hoogewerf, and a virtual re-run of the first goal which levelled the score, only this time Devine’s ball into the area was tapped home along the ground by the Dutch youngster who again was virtually unhindered in his task.
Then, with less than twenty minutes remaining, the Reds hit Newcastle with an incredible three-goal salvo in the space of three minutes.
Fish’s towering header put his team in front for the first time, in the 72nd minute, and then a double blast from Elanga, the second a blistering drive from outside the penalty area, succeeded in putting this game well and truly out of the Magpies’ reach.
Manchester United: Mastny; Neville, Fish, Hockenhull, Devine; McCann, Mejbri (Forson 88), Wellens; Helm (Sotona 68), Hoogewerf (Shortire 86), Elanga.
Substitutes not used: Hardley, Guadagno.
Scorers: Newcastle United - Gilchrist 18, Stephenson 32. Manchester United - Hoogewerf 38, 54, Fish 72, Elanga 74, 75.