Nmecha pen 75
- Match reports
- 09 January 2016 12:50
- Posted by @MPHenson
A late Lukas Nmecha penalty was enough to secure the three points against Everton in a top-of-the-table clash at the City Football Academy.
The 17-year old calmly slotted home from twelve yards with 15 minutes to play to secure a 1-0 win and move City six points clear of the Toffees.
Tosin Adarabioyo, who also captained the side, replaced Cameron Humphreys at centre back and Aaron Nemane came in for Paolo Fernandes. Nmecha was the fifth change as he took his place in the number nine role in place of Isaac Buckley.
The game had a cagey start with neither team troubling the goalkeepers until midway through the first half. Everton’s Shayne Lavery thought he was through on goal in the 12th minute but was denied by a fantastic last ditch challenge by Adarabioyo.
The first real chance of the game came in the 29th minute as Grimshaw produced a wonderful one handed save to prevent Lavery’s header hitting the back of the net.
A corner was swung into the middle and it was met by the head of the young Everton striker, who was about to start celebrating before seeing Grimshaw somehow clawing the effort away on his line.
As the first half was coming to a close, City started to get a foothold on the game and created three chances with Ciaran O’Loughlin aware to save all three shots.
The best of the three saves came just a minute before the half time whistle as O’Loughlin produced a fingertip save to prevent Patching’s dangerous free kick hitting the back of the net.
Bright sunshine appeared for the start of the second half and it mirrored the opening five minutes for the young Blues. Erik Sarmiento broke down the left and crossed for Nmecha, who saw his glancing header fly narrowly past the post.
Nmecha and O’Loughlin continued their duel in the 51st minute as the Everton goalkeeper palmed away the City youngster’s ferocious shot on the turn before Steven Kinsella fired wide at the other end.
At the other end, Grimshaw kept up the high standard of goalkeeping on show with a good save in a one-on-one situation after Lavery broke free of the City defence.
City’s constant pressure was rewarded in the 75th minute when they were given a penalty after Nmecha was tripped in the box by Jack Bainbridge. The 17-year old stepped up to take the spot kick himself and sent O’Loughlin the wrong way from twelve yards to give the young Blues the lead.
Almost immediately after the goal, substitute Isaac Buckley had a chance for 2-0 but was denied by another great save from O’Loughlin.
Bainbridge nearly rescued a point late on but saw his header drift wide as Jason Wilcox’s side saw out the game to remain top of the Barclays U18 Premier League, as well as moving six points clear of Everton.