U18’s vs. Newcastle United – Magic Morrison Inspires Reds

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FA Youth Cup Fifth round
Moss Lane, 16 February 2011

Ravel Morrison’s second half goal was enough to ensure Manchester United U18’s progression to the Quarter Final stage of the FA Youth Cup with a 1-0 victory over their Newcastle United counterparts at Moss Lane.

With Will Keane (dead leg) and John Cofie (knee surgery) missing through injury forced Paul McGuinness to make two changes from the team that defeated West Ham in the previous round. Gyliano van Velzen was selected in an unfamiliar forward role with Ravel Morrison playing off the young Dutchman.

In a fairly quiet opening Jesse Lingard had United’s first opportunity after 10 minutes, but the winger was unable to control his shot and as a consequence ballooned his effort over the crossbar from only 7 yards out. Soon after United began to dominate proceedings with Morrison, Paul Pogba and Ryan Tunnicliffe heavily involved. On 20 minutes Morrison magically created an opening for himself when he completely fooled two Newcastle defenders with an outrageous dummy. The drop of the shoulder created space for the talented youngster to fire off a shot that kissed the outside of the post. United continued to surge forward in search of the elusive opening goal, with Tunnicliffe, Pogba, Morrison and Lingard having further opportunities, the latter denied by an excellent block from Louis Storey. Newcastle had their first shot on 41 minutes highlighting United’s dominance. Gary Neville (commentating from MUTV) will have suffered a stiff neck such was the one way traffic during the first half. The U18’s managed 18 shots, while Newcastle could only muster a paltry one.

Newcastle started the second half brightly creating two chances. Michael Hoganson and Remi Streete came close with the latter bringing a smart reactionary save from Sam Johnstone. With the game evenly poised Newcastle’s spirited start was soon to end when United finally converted one of their many chances. Tyler Blackett picked up the ball on the left and delivered a cross into Newcastle’s penalty area and found the imposing figure of Pogba, who controlled the ball via his chest into the path of Morrison. Inside a heavily populated area Ravel created space with quick feet and fired his shot from 10 yards out into the back of net. Buoyed by the goal United regained their authority and began to pepper the Newcastle goal. Lingard, van Velzan, Tunnicliffe, Tom Thorpe, Pogba and Cole all came close to adding a second, but to no avail as the match ended 1-0. In total United had 35 shots, with 21 on target demonstrating the one way traffic.

The victory ensures a mouth watering clash with Liverpool.

Team: Johnstone; M Keane, Thorpe, Fornasier, Blackett; Cole, Tunnicliffe, Pogba, Lingard; Morrison, van Velzen

Academy Team Stats for 2010-11 season: Academy Team Stats

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