Manchester City aren’t dominating quite so much at Academy level as they are at first team level – but they’re still not bad…
Before Saturday, Manchester City were top of the Premier League Under 18s (Northern) division and Newcastle were bottom, the Magpies hadn’t won a league game all season.
However, Newcastle’s young stars went to Manchester City yesterday and smashed them 5-2!
Maybe a little too much to hope that this can be repeated at the Etihad next Saturday but it does show that with the right application, unlikely results are possible.
Hopefully the Newcastle Academy side can move on and take inspiration from this for the rest of the season.
The Newcastle goals came from Longstaff in the first half with a 41st minute penalty, Man City replying with a penalty of their own just on the stroke of half-time.
The Magpies then raced into a 3-1 lead through Sorensen and Watts before Devine pulled it back to 3-2.
Two further goals in the last 10 minutes put the real icing on the cake, Cass scoring the fourth and a second goal from Sorensen 87 (another penalty) giving that final score – Manchester City Under 18s 2 Newcastle United Under 18s 5.
They hadn’t lost at home in the league for over two and a half years, so no wonder Manchester City Under 18s manager Gareth Taylor was in shock:
“I thought Newcastle were very good, very physical and they pressed us hard..
“I told their manager, Dave Watson, I’m surprised they’re down the bottom of the league.
“You’ve got to give Newcastle a lot of credit, but we didn’t help ourselves. We started OK but were probably masters of our own downfall.
“We were nowhere near as composed as we are normally and we didn’t retain the ball.
“We forced passes, dribbled when we should have moved the ball and took too many touches.
“That’s unlike us because we usually dominate games with and without the ball, but it was an off day for us.
“I don’t like getting beat in that manner and neither do the players.
“But this is about development and hopefully they can learn from it because it’s not always going to go their way in their careers.
“The first team are doing tremendously to win every game, but that doesn’t happen very often and sometimes you learn more from losing.”