Boadu 13mins, 73mins
- Match reports
- 23 August 2014 15:44
- Posted by @porter_mcfc / pics by @VHaydn_MCFC
City u18s made it six points out of six with a dominant 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the Platt Lane sunshine.
A brace and Man of the Match display from Denzeil Boadu, to add to his opening day strike against Blackburn Rovers last weekend ensured the boys in blue took home maximum points from their second league game of the campaign as they seek to defend the North Division title.
If anyone had cared to make a prediction before kick off, 2-0 might have been a logical choice – this latest encounter was the third game in a row that Jason Wilcox’s young side had triumphed by the same scoreline over the Black Cats.
Last time out, the u18s kicked off the new campaign in the same way as they ended last term’s regular season fixtures – with a comfortable 4-1 triumph, although against Blackburn rather than Newcastle this time.
Thierry Ambrose made his presence felt from the off, rattling the crossbar with the first chance of the game inside five minutes.
City seized control and refused to relinquish it, and Bersant Celina was unlucky not to open the scoring after he used a short corner to find some space and drove towards goal before unleashing a shot that flew into the sidenetting.
But a minute later, and Wilcox’s side had made their early dominance count through Boadu, who twisted through the back line and kept his balance despite some persistent tugging by the defender to calmly tuck the ball beyond the advancing keeper.
Boadu, Ambrose and Celina all had chances to double the lead before the hour mark but saw shots blocked by the limbs of desperate defenders trying to ride the continual waves of City pressure, while Ambrose shot high over the bar with just the keeper to beat and Boadu continued to get the better of his opponents, crucial in making City’s forward line tick.
Nathaniel Oseni was called upon to snuff out a couple of Sunderland attacks but the visitors did not have their first shot until the 40th minute, when Charlie Albinson got down well to make a comfortable low save.
It was a slower start to the second half, although Sunderland’s Rees Greenwood received a booking shortly after the restart for dragging down Aaron Nemane as the winger looked to race beyond the defence.
Ambrose was only denied by the woodwork for a second time as his strong header smacked against the post from Celina’s cross, while Buckley and Boadu both forced good saves from Greg Purvis as they searched for the cushion of a second goal.
Instead, Sunderland raced up the other end and won a penalty, after City were adjudged to have handled in a crowded penalty box.
Waving away the protests of the home players, the referee pointed to the spot but Albinson came to his team’s rescue, guessing right and gathering the ball at the second attempt to preserve the slender advantage.
Buoyed by the let off, City did not need a second warning and it was Boadu who doubled his and City’s tally on the 73rd minute, finishing a fantastic run that started close to the halfway line by lifting the ball expertly beyond Purvis.
Zackarias Faour and Manuel Garcia were introduced from the bench late on, and Faour nearly made an immediate impact when he fired just the wrong side of the post shortly after his introduction but there were to be no more goals as City saw out the last ten minutes in a professional manner to deny Sunderland a sniff of a consolation.
Wilcox will be pleased with the way his young charges have performed in their opening two games and will be hoping for a hattrick of victories when they host Everton in seven days’ time.