Under-18s: Stoke City v United

Saturday 26 August 2023 13:30

Manchester United scored four goals for the second away game in a row, adding this 4-1 victory over Stoke City to the opening 4-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Jack Moorhouse fired the Reds ahead with a sharp left-footed strike after Stoke were unable to clear Jack Kingdon's whipped delivery into the area.

The 38th-minute opener followed opportunities for the hosts' Adam Watson, with a shot that was tipped over by United goalkeeper Tom Myles, and Shea Lacey whose effort rattled the crossbar.

Lacey came on as a substitute after just 12 minutes, replacing the injured right-back Jayden Kamason but playing further forward. Reds coach Adam Lawrence reshuffled with Jayce Fitzgerald moving into defence from central midfield.
Watch six minutes of match highlights, including this first-half opener by James Scanlon.
It was Fitzgerald who assisted United's second goal, with a ball arrowed forward into the path of James Scanlon on the left wing. His initial, right-footed shot after cutting inside was parried by Stoke 'keeper Ben Houston but our no.11 immediately despatched the rebound with his other boot.

The Reds' lead was extended to 3-0 when second-half substitute Gabe Biancheri was fouled inside the penalty area by Stoke centre-back Sanchez Phillips, and the Wales youth international stepped up to take the kick himself and send Houston the wrong way.

Scanlon forced United's fourth goal in the 75th minute, with a sweeping effort inside the left-hand post after Reece Munro challenged the Stoke defenders for a high ball into the box. It was subsequently chalked up as an own goal by Houston.

The Potters netted a consolation three minutes later as Luke Enright raced on to a lofted pass and prodded low past the onrushing Myles.

United: Myles; Kamason (Lacey), Munro, Kingdon (c), Mantato; Fitzgerald, Devaney (Baumann); Missin (Curley), Moorhouse, Scanlon, Musa (Biancheri).

Substitute not used: Heath.

Goals: United - Moorhouse 38, Scanlon 57, Biancheri pen. 67, Houston own goal 75. Stoke - Enright 78.

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