Bryan 30mins, Celina 55mins
- Match reports
- 25 January 2014 17:51
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s extended their winning streak to an astounding 12 games with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sunderland.
City began the game five points clear at the top of the u18 Premier League, and were looking to do the double over the Black Cats in the league after running out 2-0 victors when the two sides met at the Academy of Light in August.
Jason Wilcox made three changes from the side that despatched Hereford United in the FA Youth Cup. With injuries starting to hit the squad, there was an unfamiliar look to the back line with Ashley Smith-Brown partnering Nathaniel Oseni in the centre of defence.
It was a slow start from both teams, with Sunderland keen to press high and blunt City’s style. The boy Blues still looked the more dangerous of the sides, with Angelino and Brandon Barker looking to combine on the left and Jorge Intima and Thierry Ambrose using their pace to cause the visitors problems.
It was Intima who had the game’s first real opportunity after 10 minutes, but he blazed the ball over the bar when he should have done better.
The half’s only real moment of magic resulted in the opening goal on the half hour mark. Barker went past two men on the left wing before wriggling to the byline and cutting the ball back to the edge of the box for the run of Bryan, who smashed his shot high into the roof of the net despite the best efforts of Joe Burke in goal for the visitors.
A violent storm at the interval spoiled the game as a spectacle, ruining any chance of free flowing football and the game became a battle until the conditions eased later in the half.
Celina took matters into his own hands on 55 minutes, finishing the game off by firing low into the net to give the Blues a deserved two goal cushion.
The Norwegian was withdrawn for Tom Holland shortly afterwards, with the Bradford-born midfielder making his way back from an injury problem. Holland did well on his return, breaking up play and controlling the midfield to ensure City saw out the game for a comfortable win despite being far from their free-flowing best.
The Manchester derby is next up on the schedule – Wilcox’s men travel to United on Saturday 1 February.