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EDS sign off title-winning season in style with victory over Spurs

EDS sign off title-winning season in style with victory over Spurs
Premier League 2
Premier League 2
Fri 7 May
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Dane Scarlett 
(59’)
Liam Delap 
(22’, 26’, 58’), 
Cole Palmer 
(28’, 46’), 
Romeo Lavia 
(80’)
Manchester City's Elite Development Squad finished our title-winning Premier League 2 campaign in style, with a superb 6-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

A Liam Delap hat-trick, a brace from Cole Palmer and a strike from Romeo Lavia gave the Premier League 2 champions a second win over Spurs in seven days.

Victory means Enzo Maresca's side end their title-winning campaign unbeaten in our last 18 games, with City's last defeat coming six months prior in early November of last year.

WHAT HAPPENED

Having spent a number of months in and around the first-team squad, City goalkeeper James Trafford proved his worth five minutes into this one as he denied Spurs captain, Jamie Bowden a certain opener from close range after a defensive mix up.

At the other end Maresca's side looked to capitalise on Trafford's heroics, as the ball fell perfectly for Ben Knight on the edge of the box, however the winger dragged his effort just wide.

In spite of Knight's miss, the City youngsters would not need to worry as half way through the first half Delap netted the first of three City goals in five minutes.

A delightful through ball from James McAtee allowed Delap to break through one-on-one before slotting underneath Thimothee Lo-Tutala for the opener.

A minute later the City number-nine was it again, as he latched onto a direct ball into the Spurs box before curling in a stunning effort from ten yards for his, and City's second.

Maresca's side were not done there, as this time Palmer was the man to get on the scoresheet as he slotted a cool effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to cap off a relentless five mintues from the Premier League 2 champions.

As they had done all season, the City youngsters looked unstoppable in front of goal and the second half saw more of the same as Palmer added a fourth.

The Wythenshawe winger capitalised on a mistake at the back, before tapping in from close range for his second, and City's fourth.

One man who has lit up the Premier League 2 this season is the goal-hungry Delap, and the frontman signed off his remarkable season in style as he completed his hat-trick.

Palmer poked the ball through to the number-nine, and Delap crashed home a superb strike from 18-yards for his third hat-trick of the season.

The hosts did pull back some pride, as Dane Scarlett broke in-behind and slotted past Trafford, however it would only prove to be consilation for the North London side.

Lavia capped off a memorable afternoon, and season for Maresca's side as the midfielder found the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his first EDS goal of the season.

HOW WE LINED UP

James Trafford's goal was guarded by a backline of Claudio Gomes, Philippe Sandler, Finley Burns and Adrian Bernabe.

Romeo Lavia, Tommy Doyle and James McAtee formed our midfield three, whilst Ben Knight and Cole Palmer occupied the left and right wing.

Liam Delap led the line up-front.

WHAT IT MEANS

Victory means City end the season 12 points clear of second place, Chelsea with a Premier League 2 record points tally of 56 points.

Maresca's side also end the campaign with the most goals scored in a PL2 campaign, after scoring a remarkable 79 in just  24 league games.

 

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