United Under-18s enjoy a big win on Wearside
Manchester United's Under-18s logged the best win of the season so far with an ultimately comfortable 4-0 victory over Sunderland.
Charlie McCann grabbed a couple, one in each period, and Max Haygarth notched one shortly after joining the action as a second-half substitute.
Meanwhile, Sunderland were concentrating on the mission to try and claim their very first win, home or away, in this season's Under-18 Premier League North. Given their nickname's association with luck, the Black Cats must have been enduring the most grievous adverse fortune in failing to win any of their fifteen games before facing United.
That remarkable statistic appeared to be even more astonishing during the opening exchanges when Sunderland looked lively and threatening. And they could have strode into the lead as early as the 3rd minute when trialist Nyan Mesuria raced down the left wing but just failed to put the finishing touch to what was a genuine opportunity.
Despite mounting pressure, Sunderland’s defence stood firm until the 31st minute when United made the breakthrough. Predictably, Elanga was involved as he provided a measured pass to Iqbal, who wriggled into space before slotting the ball home.
The dam had been breached and two minutes before the break, the visitors doubled the advantage with McCann hitting home from Reece Devine’s left-wing cross.
Three points looked secure with half-an-hour to play and that assumption was confirmed when McCann registered his second goal of the game with another well-struck shot from outside the Sunderland penalty area.
United: Mee; Neville, Bejger, Hockenhull, Devine (Hardley 46); McCann, Stanley, Iqbal; Forson, Sotona (Wellens 69), Elanga (Haygarth 46).
Substitute not used: Mastny.
Goals: Iqbal 31, McCann 43, 60, Haygarth 57.