EDS & Academy

Middlesbrough 0-4 City U18s

BACK IN THE FOLD: Lukas Nmecha continued his return from injury with a start for Lee Carsley's U18s
Premier League U18 Cup
Premier League U18 Cup
Thu 14 Mar
Read how Lee Carsley's side fared against Middlesbrough at Rockliffe Park...

What happened...

City stretched their unbeaten run in the U18 Premier League to nine matches with a 4-0 victory at Middlesbrough.

Goals from Matt Smith and the returning Lukas Nmecha were enough to put Lee Carsley's side in command at a blustery Rockliffe Park before a late Phil Foden brace sealed the win.

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Dynamic midfielder Matt Smith opened the scoring within the first five minutes as City were yet again were quick out of the blocks.

Lukas Nmecha doubled City's lead midway through the first half after some excellent work in midfield by Phil Foden.

Nmecha, often first choice for Simon Davies' Premier League 2 side this season, was given a start in order to speed up his recovery from injury and he proved just how sharp he is with this instinctive finish.

City were enjoying a comfortable second half until the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho saw red and City were reduced to 10 men.

Although City may have been forgiven for retreating into their defensive shell after that setback, it only spurred them on with A late Phil Foden brace sealing the three points and rounding off an emphatic win for the Blues.

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What it means...

Lee Carsley's side have 23 points from their opening nine games in the U18 Premier League and remain unbeaten.

City welcome Wolves on Friday 11 November for the latest fixture in the U18 Premier League.

                        THREE'S A CROWD: Jadon Sancho, Joel Latibeaudiere and Ed Francis in training
THREE'S A CROWD: Jadon Sancho, Joel Latibeaudiere and Ed Francis in training

How they lined up...

After Aro Muric's red card in the win last time out against Newcastle United, Pawel Sokol took his place in goal.

Ed Francis and captain Joel Latibeaudiere were the central defensive partnership with Jeremie Frimpong at left-back and Colin Rosler on the right.

In midfield, Iker Pozo sat behind Matt Smith and Phil Foden while Jadon Sancho and Luke Bolton flanked Lukas Nmecha, as the EDS striker continues his return from injury.

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