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City cruise to derby win in U18 Premier League opener

City cruise to derby win in U18 Premier League opener
Premier League u18
Premier League u18
Sat 14 Aug
Luca Barrington 

Rico Lewis 

Joel Tshisanga Ndala 

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Goals from Luca Barrington, Rico Lewis and substitute Joel Ndala saw Manchester City cruise past Manchester United in our U18 Premier League curtain-raiser.

Our young blues were full value for the victory as we kicked off our title defence, and a new era under the watchful eye of new U18s coach Ben Wilkinson, in style.


City were quickest out of the traps in an end to end first half and could have gone ahead inside 60 seconds when Dire Mebude forced a smart save from United stopper Radek Vetek.


But our right winger continued to cause problems down the flank and combined well with Nico O’Reilly in the build-up to our opener, as the latter squared for Barrington to tap home at the far post in the 32nd minute.


And City doubled our lead just three minutes later in a devastating spell from Ben Wilkinson’s young blues, with Lewis winning possession on the right, jinking his way into the box and smashing home at the near post.


Barrington went close again soon after the restart in an exciting second half, flashing a powerful drive just wide of the far post.


But the third eventually came as the game approached the 80 minute mark, City stealing possession inside the United half before Ndala was in the right place to tap home on the rebound from Mebude’s initial effort.


A convincing display from our Under-18s and the perfect way to kick-off our Premier League title defence.

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