Ambrose 10mins, Boadu 48mins, 90+2mins
- Match reports
- 02 April 2014 15:41
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s made it five games unbeaten with a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Wolves as the season enters the home straight.
A brace from Denzeil Boadu and an early strike from Thierry Ambrose ensured the Blues went three points clear at the top of the table, just reward for a thoroughly dominant performance in the Black Country.
City travelled to Wolves knowing a play-off spot was secure after the last-gasp draw with Villa at the weekend, while Liverpool failed to take maximum points.
However, manager Jason Wilcox had challenged his team to win all five of their remaining league fixtures before the end of season knock-out games.
Winning the regional league would ensure a semi-final encounter with the runners up of the Southern League, as well as the opportunity to be drawn as the home team and play at the Etihad Stadium.
Wilcox said: “It’s important to finish as winners, but I would fancy us against whoever we play. However, if we win the division the game would be at the Etihad, which is a great motivation for the team."
The two sides were on familiar terms after facing off at Platt Lane just over two weeks ago. The spoils were shared on that occasion after Brandon Barker’s strike was cancelled out in the second half.
Barker was sidelined with an ankle injury, which meant a first start for Aaron Nemane on the left wing this time around, while Charlie Oliver replaced Mathias Bossaerts in defence after the Belgian started for the under-21s in their cup semi-final win over Burnley on Tuesday night.
City began strongly, seizing control of the game early and refusing to relinquish it for the entire 90 minutes. The Blues pressed the home side high up the pitch whenever they did lose the ball, forcing Wolves into long, aimless balls for much of the half.
The tone was set after just 10 minutes, when Jorge Intima robbed the ball deep into Wolves territory, before great link up play between Celina, Boadu and Ambrose reminiscent of a training ground move allowed Ambrose a chance, and the striker finished low past the keeper for his 19th goal of a remarkable season.
Ambrose went close in a similar position just minutes later, while Intima fired wide twice and tested the goalkeeper on a third occasion after good work on the left by Nemane.
City will have felt aggrieved to go into halftime only one goal up – the Blues were much the better side and Wolves spent the majority of the half behind the ball, barely venturing into the City half.
It was a similar theme after the break, with Boadu’s runs causing the defenders all sorts of problems. The England youth international finally made it two with a fantastic solo goal, beating his man on the corner of the box with a stepover before firing high across the keeper and into the top right corner.
City continued to dominate possession but Wolves did have a few moments on the break, and the Midlands outfit will have been frustrated not to take advantage of three accurate crosses into the box.
Billy O’Brien was finally called into action midway through the second period with a strong save to preserve the clean sheet, while Wolves also blazed the ball over the bar on two separate occasions.
A third goal always looked on the cards as the Blues continued to hog possession, and Boadu was rewarded for a fine performance with his second in stoppage time.
Nemane and substitute Manuel Garcia Alonso forced a poor back pass on the halfway line, and Boadu was quickest to react, rounding the despairing keeper before confidently rolling the ball home to cap off an excellent afternoon for the boy Blues.
It was a happy journey back up the M6 and Wilcox’s men will be aiming to continue their good form when they travel to Norwich on Saturday.