og. (26 mins), Boadu (48 mins)
Stoke City 1
Pringle (50 mins)
- Match reports
- 28 August 2013 16:37
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc / pics by @VHaydn_MCFC
City U18s continued their bright start to the league campaign with a 2-1 win over Stoke in their first home game of the season.
An own goal and a Denziel Boadu's strike was enough to ensure victory for Jason Wilcox’s men who have taken seven points from their opening three games.
There was a competitive edge to the game from kick-off with both sides showing their intent early on and with EDS coach Patrick Vieira watching on, there was an extra incentive for the young Blues to impress.
In a lively opening period at Platt Lane, City’s Kean Bryan and Brandon Barker both had early chances while at the other end, Angus Gunn was called into action and did extremely well to save twice from close range efforts.
The Blues soon found their rhythm though and went on to dominate the rest of the half taking the lead on 26 minutes via an own goal. That is not to take away from the first class work from Jorge Intima whose through ball found an on running Daniel Lima before the striker’s shot was bundled in by a Stoke defender.
Just before the stroke of half-time, Derice Richards almost levelled the score for the visitors, but his close range header went wide of the post - much to City’s relief.
The Blues began the second half as they ended the first and it took only three minutes for the home side to double their advantage when Denziel Boadu’s solo run ended in glory as he slotted home into the corner of the net.
Moments later, it was Stoke’s turn to shine when substitute Rene Pringle acrobatically fired a lopping shot over Angus Gunn who could do nothing but look on.
The impressive goal seemed to give Stoke a new found confidence which made for an entertaining 40 minutes of end to end football.
Both keepers were tested, but the best chance arguably fell to Damiel Lima who couldn’t connect with Brandon Barker’s neat pass across the box after some excellent play down the left.
The Blues also survived a late scare when a stray ball from a Stoke corner hit the woodwork in the dying moments.
City managed to keep their nerve though and in doing so maintained their unbeaten record so far this season.
Next up for Wilcox’s men is another home tie against Leicester City on Saturday 31 August.