United Under-23s claim thrilling comeback win
Goals from Largie Ramazani, D’Mani Mellor and skipper Angel Gomes ensured Manchester United’s Under-23s beat West Brom 3-1 on Monday evening and maintained our winning streak in Premier League 2 Division Two.
The draw of Christmas parties, festive films on TV and chilly conditions must have contributed to the smaller than usual turn-out of 819 to watch Neil Wood’s lads. At least it was dry as the game got under way with both teams wearing their traditional shirts and shorts, red and white for United and Albion’s blue and white stripes.
With the prize of promotion to the top division up for grabs at the season’s close, it was clear that this was to be an interesting and entertaining spot of early Christmas fayre.
The goal added to Albion’s confidence and on several occasions they looked like increasing their lead in the run-up to half-time, only to be denied by Kovar in the Reds' goal.
Just before referee Lewis Smith blew his whistle to end the first half, Reds striker Mellor blasted a shot from fully 25 yards which gave Albion ‘keeper Brad House something to think about as well as warming his hands.
The Reds continued to enjoy a more generous share of the attacking opportunities and, in the 55th minute, this was rewarded when Albion’s defence failed to clear a Chong corner and the ball fell to Ramazani who made no mistake with a sizzler.
Let off the hook, United took full advantage seven minutes later when Mellor struck to put his side into the lead. Then, with seconds of normal time remaining, United wrapped up the points when Gomes capitalised on a great cross from Chong to fire home his side’s third goal.
United: Kovar; Laird, Taylor, Bernard, Mengi; Garner (Puigmal 64), Gomes, Galbraith; Chong, Mellor, Ramazani.
Substitutes not used: McGhee, Carney, Traore, Helm.
Goals: United - Ramazani 58, Mellor 68, Gomes 89 | West Brom – Soule 16.
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