U18 Premier League Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM
Zoubdi Touaizi 31'
- Simon Brown
- Joseph Crabtree 56’
- Perry Parker 81’
- Hodnett Sangare 90’
- Unused subs
- Abbey, Estrada
- Dionkou Robinson 68’
- Hodge Simmonds 68’
- Knight Dele-Bashiru 60’
- Zoubdi Touaizi
- Unused subs
- Moulden, Ohio
Nabil Touaizi struck the only goal of the game, as City Under-18s clinched a narrow victory over Wolves in the U18 Premier League.
The 18-year-old fired the matchwinner just after the half-hour mark, securing a seventh with in eight games for Gareth Taylor’s young charges.
The game’s early exchanges heralded few chances with Wolves fashioning the first real opportunity, when Terry Taylor’s effort flew just over the crossbar after 15 minutes.
Heeding the warning, City rallied and gained control of possession, enjoying a spell of pressure on the hosts’ goal.
Ben Knight was then unfortunate not to break the deadlock, bursting forward and unleashing an effort which sailed just wide of the top corner.
The opener followed a minute later, when Touaizi latched onto Henri Ogunby’s through-ball and slotted past Jackson Smith.
The provider almost turned poacher just before the break, as Ogunby headed wide and then forced Smith to tip over the bar in the last major action of the half.
The second half’s early action mirrored the first half with few chances.
On 65 minutes, Wolves spurned the chance to level, when Gavin Bazunu thwarted Conor Carty, after the forward had raced onto a loose ball.
As the hosts pushed for a late equaliser, the game opened up, creating chances for both sides.
At the other end, the home side found themselves within inches of levelling when Theodor Corbeanu crossed for Terry, whose effort rolled narrowly off-target.
That proved the closest the Midlands side would come to snatching a draw, and City held on for victory.
What it means…
The victory moved City to within two points of sixth-placed Stoke, with three games in hand.
Taylor’s side have 24 points from 17 games.
City U18s are next in Manchester Derby action, hosting Manchester United at the City Football Academy on Saturday 13 April at 11am BST.
Taylor’s young charged then travel to league leaders Derby County on Tuesday 16 April at noon.