Manchester United’s Under-18s stormed to another convincing victory in blizzard conditions at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday to keep us well on track in the title race.
The weather prediction was that there was a chance of snow in the region - well they definitely got that one right because this Premier League Under-18 match was played out in incredibly heavy snow, which was horizontal at times, and that was punctuated with bursts of bright, mildly warm sunshine.
The elements did little to interfere with the game that in the early stages saw possession shared between the teams. United perhaps were a little more inventive in front of goal and certainly looked the more likely to break the deadlock. And, in the 20th minute, they Reds duly moved into the lead with a goal out of the blue when Nishan Burkart tried his luck with a curling shot from the right wing that found the top corner with Rovers’ keeper Ben Winterbottom stranded.
Ten minutes later and United doubled the lead with James Garner tapping home after taking a short pass from Mason Greenwood. United were well into their stride by this time and looking more than capable of adding to the tally.
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Blizzard conditions could not prevent Kieran McKenna's Under-18s on Saturday morning.
Kieran McKenna then made three changes, but it did nothing to alter the pattern of play and in the 65th-minute Baars was the provider again, this time for Dylan Levitt to be the beneficiary.
D’Mani Mellor rounded off the scoring three minutes later to cap another impressive performance in extremely testing conditions.
Under-18 Premier League | Aon Training Complex | Scorers: Burkart 20, Garner 30, Greenwood 49, Levitt 65, Mellor 68
United: Fojtíček; Tanner, O’Connor, Bernard, Williams B; Garner (Mellor 61), Puigmal (Galbraith 61); Burkart, Levitt, Baars; Greenwood (McGhee 61). Subs not used: Barlow, Kovar.