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EDS mark PL2 title with win over West Ham

EDS mark PL2 title with win over West Ham
Premier League 2
Premier League 2
Fri 23 Apr
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Felix Nmecha 
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Manchester City's Elite Development Squad (EDS) recorded victory in our first game as Premier League 2 champions with a 1-0 defeat of West Ham United.

A Felix Nmecha penalty early in the first half proved enough to secure victory for Enzo Maresca's side, extending our impressive unbeaten run to 16 games.

WHAT HAPPENED

After securing the Premier League 2 title on Monday, City could have been excused for taking our foot off the gas, however this would not be the case as Maresca's side opened the scoring inside ten minutes.

A dancing run saw James McAtee fouled in the West Ham penalty area, allowing Nmecha to step up and convert the penalty to get City off to the perfect start. 

Our next chance fell the way of an unlikely source in Claudio Gomes, as he was found by fellow full back, Callum Doyle.

The Frenchman beat his man on the edge of the box before hitting a low effort, forcing a save out of West Ham goalkeeper, Joseph Anang.

Into the second half, and City nearly began in similar fashion to the first as Cole Palmer came close to doubling our lead.

A poor clearance from Anang fell to the feet of Palmer, and he drove towards goal before skewing his effort just wide of the West Ham goal.

Our hunt for a second continued as Robertson came close next, latching on to a neat pull back from McAtee, however his effort was superbly saved by Anang from close range.

Five minutes later Maresca's side were given a golden opportunity to double our account, as we were once again awarded a penalty as Nmecha was fouled in the area.

This time it was Delap who took on taking duty, however the frontman could not add to his impressive goal record as he fired over the top from 12 yards.

Despite the miss City would not need to worry, as a professional final 20 minutes saw the youngsters see out the game for victory.

HOW WE LINED UP

James Trafford's goal was protected by a back four of Gomes, Philippe Sandler, Finley Burns and Doyle.

Romeo Lavia, Robertson and McAtee formed a midfield three, whilst Nmecha and Palmer occupied the left and right wing.

Delap led the line up-front.

WHAT IT MEANS

The victory means City move 12 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League 2 table, and extends our incredible unbeaten run to 16 games.

UP NEXT

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