U18 Premier League NUFC Training Ground Att: Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM
- Jamie Cann
- Young (c)
- Unused subs
- De Bolle, Brown, Oliver, Anderson, Scott
- McDonald (c)
- Amankwah Sobowale 81’
- F Dele-Bashiru Hodge 55’
- Ogunby McAtee 81’
- Unused subs
- Slicker, Oduroh
Manchester City’s Under 18s had to settle for a share of the spoils away at Newcastle United in our first match of 2019.
Back in action after a three-week break, Gareth Taylor’s side started the Under 18 Premier League clash on the front foot, dominating both possession and chances in an impressive opening 45 minutes.
Ben Knight came closest to forcing the breakthrough for City with Newcastle forced onto the defensive for large parts of the first half.
Our dominance continued in the early part of the second half and was finally rewarded on the hour.
Henri Ogunby rounded off another impressive City attack by beating Magpies keeper Daniel Langley to give the young Blued a deserved lead.
However, Newcastle summoned up a late response and with seven minutes left on the clock drew level.
Jamie Young successfully converted from the penalty spot after referee Jamie Cann had awarded the hosts a spot-kick.
It was a frustrating finale for the young Blues who enjoyed 65 per cent of the possession and carved out 16 chances to Newcastle’s nine.
How we lined up
James Trafford was in goal shielded by a back four of Alpha Dionkou, skipper Rowan McDonald, Yeboah Amankwah and Ryan Corrigan.
Lewis Fiorini, Tommy Doyle and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru formed our midfield trio with D’Margio Wright-Phillips, Ben Knight and Henri Ogunby spearheading the Blues’ attack.
What it means
The point leaves City unchanged in fifth place in the Under 18 Premier League North standings with 15 points from our 12 games to date.
City’s Under 18s return to action on Friday night when we play host to Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.
The match takes place at the Academy Stadium and kick-off is 7pm.