Stoke City 0
Maffeo 48, Celina 71 and 86, Boadu 79
- Match reports
- 11 January 2014 13:55
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
City under-18s retained their position at the top of the Barclays Premier Academy League with a thumping 4-0 win at Stoke.
Jason Wilcox made several changes to the side that thrashed Doncaster 4-0 in the FA Youth Cup back in December, as Nathaniel Oseni and Maffeo were brought in to replace Mathias Bossaerts and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Having won their last nine on the bounce, the young Blues went into the game full of confidence but on a sunny day at Clayton Wood, the away side couldn't unlock the Potters' defence in the first half.
Unusually, despite dominating possession in midfield, City failed to create any clear-cut chances in the opening period and Stoke goalkeeper Daniel Gyollai was rarely called into action.
The Blues were reignited after the restart though and once they broke the deadlock on 48 minutes, there was no stopping the youngsters.
The opening goal arrived when Jack Byrne's corner found Maffeo, whose header took a deflection and ended up in the back of the net.
From then on, City were rampant and they doubled their advantage on 71 minutes. With his first touch after coming on as a substitute, Celina found the net from Angelino's cross to give the away side a comfortable lead.
Just eight minutes later, it was 3-0 when Boadu fired the ball past Gyollai to finish off a well-worked move, and Celina grabbed his second of the game on 83 minutes with a cool finish across the goalkeeper.
The Blues weren't finished there though and in the dying seconds, they were awarded a penalty. With James Horsfield's 100% record from the spot this season, it looked as though the midfielder would net the fifth goal of the afternoon - only for Gyollai to save the effort.
That miss was a small blot on an otherwise pristine copybook, as the Blues secured another three points with another superb performance, keeping their place at the top of the pile.
This was the eighth time City had scored four or more goals in a game and the seventh time they had kept a clean sheet. With the Blues in such scintillating form, very few teams will fancy their chances against Wilcox's men.
The next game for Wilcox's side is an FA Youth Cup clash with Hereford at home on Tuesday.