EDS & Academy

City begin PL Cup campaign with Everton triumph

Christian Dunbar-McDonald
Premier League U18 Cup
Premier League U18 Cup
Sat 2 Sep
Martin Sherif 

Matthew Warhurst 
Christian Dunbar-McDonald 
Manchester City got our Under-18 Premier League Cup campaign off to a winning start with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Everton.

Ben Wilkinson’s side opened the scoring early on through Matty Warhurst, but the hosts levelled proceedings through Martin Sherif just after the hour.

But our youngsters would seal the points when Christian Dunbar-McDonald pounced with just over ten to play at Finch Farm.

It means City maintain our 100% start to the 2023/24 campaign, and take an important three points in our first group stage encounter.

Ben Wilkinson’s youngsters came into the tie having begun our 2023/24 campaign with an emphatic 6-0 league triumph over Blackburn Rovers.

They made the short journey west to face an Everton side still searching for their first U18 Premier League points of the season, and it was City who were quicker out the traps on Merseyside.

Indeed, the reigning U18 Premier League champions got off to a dream start when Warhurst firing home the opening goal at Finch Farm inside ten minutes.

However, City were forced into making a change before the break when Charlie Gray was replaced by Femi Fapetu due to injury.

Ben Wilkinson’s side were then pegged back midway through the second half.

It came from the penalty spot, with Everton forward Sherif coolly stroking home from 12 yards to level the scores on Merseyside.

Undeterred, City once again pressed for the advantage, and it arrived from one of our substitutes.

Indeed, Dunbar-McDonald stepped up when it mattered to fire home the game’s decisive goal in the 79th minute, ensuring we maintained our 100% start to 2023/24.

How we lined up

Spike Brits started in goal, shielded by a back four of Ezra Carrington, Kian Noble, Stephen Mfuni and Seb Naylor.

Charlie Gray shielded the back four with Jaden Heskey and Dan Batty completing the midfield.

At the sharp end, Farid Alfa-Ruprecht and Ashton Muir started on the flanks, with Matty Warhurst as centre-forward.

City XI | Brits, Carrington, Noble, Mfuni, Naylor, Gray (Fapetu), Alfa-Ruprecht, Heskey (c), Warhurst, Batty, Muir (Dunbar-McDonald 70’).

Subs | Parker, Hudson, Fletcher

Everton XI | Douglas Lukjanciks, George Finney, Joshua Van Schoor, Odin Samuels-Smith, Aled Thomas, Jack Patterson, Jacob Beaumont, Callum Bates, Martin Sherif, Matty Apter, Harrison Armstrong

Subs | George Pickford, George Morgan, Michael Stanley, Harvey Foster, Joel Catesby

What it means

City pick up an important three points in our first U18 Premier League Cup clash, as we set our sights on qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Ben Wilkinson's side need to finish top of Group D to reach the quarter-finals.

Up next

Ben Wilkinson’s side are back in league action for our next encounter, locking horns with Middlesbrough on Saturday 16 September.

Kick-off is set for 13:00 (UK)

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