Manchester Senior Cup quarter-final
Bolton Wanderers vs. Manchester United
Venue: The County Ground
Date: Monday, 2 March 2015
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Manchester United exited the Manchester Senior Cup with a 1-0 defeat against Bolton Wanderers.
The semi-final was won inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half, with Kaiyne Woolery scoring the only goal of the game.
Despite having eight defenders in the 16 man squad, and six of those starting, United struggled to defend what was an onslaught from Bolton to begin with.
Hayden White threaded a perfectly waited through ball into the right-hand channel for Luke Woodland, but he flashed his shot across goal without troubling.
Woolery shot wide before left-back Ryan Sellers cut in onto his right foot and curled an excellent shot towards goal, that had Joel Pereira beaten, but it crashed against the bar.
Woolery was involved again, beating two players before seeing his shot saved behind, before Woodland’s free-kick went over the bar.
After riding the storm, United grew into the game, and on-loan Bolton defender Andy Kellett dragged his shot wide after being fed by Ashley Fletcher, much to the amusement of the home crowd.
Harry Campbell then produced two fine saves, first from Sean Goss’ free-kick and then from Fletcher’s shot from the edge of the area.
Back came Bolton, with Woolery’s wild shot flying over the bar and a loose ball inside the penalty area falling kindly to Georg Iliev, but his first time strike went wide of the post.
The game went into a lull after the frantic first half an hour, and another wild shot that flew over the bar, this time from Goss, was the final action of the half.
Early in the second half, Chris Lester pulled the ball for right-back Rob Holding, but his shot went wide, before another full-back saw a shot fall wide, with Reece James’ bobbled effort from a short corner after Joe Rothwell’s pick out left Campbell untroubled.
The deadlock was then broken, with Quade Taylor’s defence-splitting through ball finding Woolery, and the number nine dually obliged to sink the ball over the onrushing Pereira, to give the Trotters the lead.
Donald Love played the ball forward into James Weir, who teed up Liam Grimshaw, but his first time effort with the outside of his right boot was held with ease.
Pereira was also forced to hold a low shot, this time from James Ball and Goss saw his left foot strike held at the other end just moments later.
James went on a terrific run but saw his shot blocked, which led to Woolery’s run of his own, but he got caught in two minds and whether it was a shot or an attempted pull back for Iliev, United cleared their lines as Bolton’s goalscorer scuffed his lines.
Woodland then met White’s cross, but his strike was held.
Kellett’s aspiring run inside allowed him to tee up Love, but he sliced the ball well wide with his first time effort.
Bolton captain White was booked late on for tripping Pereira as he went to distribute the ball after claiming a corner, and the hosts held on for a narrow win.
Over the course of the game, the scoreline was fair. Bolton will now face Manchester City in the final.
In United’s defence, they had just five goals on the pitch, with Tom Thorpe and Rothwell on two apiece and Weir on one this season. 20 goals have been lost due to unavailability, with Will Keane and James Wilson on six apiece and Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj on four each this season.
The Red Devils will now look ahead to facing Tottenham at Old Trafford next Tuesday, as they aim to keep their league title push alive.
Manchester United: J. Pereira; Love, Grimshaw, Thorpe, James; El Fitouri (Evans 46) (Tuanzebe 80), Goss, Kellett; Rothwell; Weir, Fletcher (Willock 73).
Subs: Willock, O’Hara, Evans, Rashford, Tuanzebe.
Manager: Warren Joyce
Bolton Wanderers: Campbell; Holding, Boben, White, Sellers; Taylor, Woodland; Lester (Newby 76), Iliev, Ball (Perry 73); Woolery.
Subs: Campbell-Young, Jaaskelainen, Newly, Perry, Thomas.