Dion McGhee grabs the winner.

McGhee grabs winner for Under-18s in injury time

Friday 29 March 2019 16:28

Ethan Galbraith and Dion McGhee scored the goals as Manchester United defeated Wolves 2-1 in dramatic circumstances at St George's Park to move into third place in the Under-18 Premier League North table.

The game appeared to be heading towards a stalemate as time slipped away but those goals from Galbraith and McGhee, either side of Jed Abbey’s strike, gave United maximum points and keeps our hopes of winning the title alive as we lie four points adrift of current leaders Derby County with four games left to play for both teams.

The sun was beaming down at the National Training Centre near Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire as United got the game under way watched by a sprinkling of fans along the perimeter fence.

It’s fair to say that Wolves, at this level, haven’t been enjoying the best of seasons having only avoided defeat in five of the 15 outings but they were well up for this challenge.

The youngsters celebrate the winner in front of our cameraman Tom Purslow.
Indeed, in the opening minutes of the game, the hosts moved forward confidently in search of an early goal.

United gradually forced our way into the proceedings and both Anthony Elanga and McGhee fired shots wide of the Wolves goal.

Remarkably, it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that the first real chance was produced and it was only a terrific flying save from Wanderers goalkeeper Jackson Smith that prevented Di’Shon Bernard’s towering header from crossing the line.

On the stroke of half-time, Wolves had another let-off when Elanga failed to keep the ball down, following Largie Ramazani’s effort, with the goal unguarded.

Defences continued to hold the upper hand with long-range shots remaining the most common route to goal for both sides, which was perfectly illustrated by Ramazani, who went close with fine strike from outside the area.

As time wore on, it looked increasingly likely that neither side were going to make a breakthrough but all that was to change in the last six minutes of normal time. Everything suddenly burst into life with Brandon Williams and Charlie McCann combining to set up Galbraith, who found the net with an accurate low drive.

In a match that had been devoid of genuine scoring chances, most thought they had just seen the winning goal.

However, that was far from the case as Wolves substitute Abbey did really well to blast the equaliser past Thompson with scarcely a minute of normal time remaining. Referee Bradley Hall decided that there should be four extra minutes and it proved vital to United’s hopes of keeping our title hopes alive. Elanga's cross eventually fell to McGhee, who kept his cool to cleverly steer the winner past keeper Smith.

Under-18s: Late drama against Wolves Video

Under-18s: Late drama against Wolves

Watch the late drama as our Under-18s secured a last-gasp victory against Wolves at St George's Park on Saturday...

United: Thompson, Williams B., Mengi (Bejger 77), Bernard, Devine; Puigmal (McCann 68), Traore, Galbraith; McGhee, Elanga, Ramazani

Substitutes not used: Carney, Stanley, Helm.

Scorers: Abbey 89 | Galbraith 84, McGhee 90+3


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