Manchester City put on a five-star performance in a 5-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Under-18 Premier League North at City Football Academy.
Ben Wilkinson’s men put in an attacking performance in the first half with goals from Alfie Harrison, Dan Ogwuru and Joel Ndala putting us firmly in the lead at half-time.
Harrison scored two identical goals in the second half as he converted goals from close range to complete his hat trick.
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After a two-week break, our youngsters were looking for back-to-back home wins
Rovers gave us a difficult start in the early stages of the game with all their players camped behind the ball.
The first attempt on goal came from Joel Ndala after a fine wing play, but his curling shot landed squarely in Will Blease’s palms.
City were on the move when Farid Alfa-Ruprecht next tested Rovers’ shot stopper, his volley saved well.
The breakthrough finally came when Ndala controlled the ball well down the left before putting it to Tom Galvez and his sweeping cross caught Alfie Harrison, whose header dodged the keeper to put City ahead.
The Lancashire side reacted shortly after as Dominik Biniek’s long-range shot went high and wide of True Grant’s goal.
After further sustained pressure on Ben Wilkinson’s side, we doubled our lead.
Ndala held off his defender before playing through Dan Ogwuru, who dribbled around the Blackburn centre-back and fired an attempt over goal and into the back net.
We hit a third just before the half-time whistle as the ball bounced around the away box before Ndala hit the volley which was too powerful for Blease in the Rovers goal who was unable to parry it.
Blackburn controlled the action much more in the second half and refused us to establish a rhythm in the game.
That left gaps at the back which we exploited as Seb Naylor joined the attack on the left and squared a ball to Harrison who sliced inside before rolling the ball past Blease to score his second and our fourth goal .
Substitute Ashton Muir drove the ball brilliantly, cutting inside before his deflected shot bounced off the post.
We were to score our fifth goal moments later when Matty Whittingham raced down the wing before playing a low cross to Harrison who converted his hat-trick from close range.
City nearly snatched a sixth late with Ogwuru circling his defender before his right-foot shot shook the post.
HOW WE HAVE POSITIONED OURSELVES
True Grant was selected in goal for that game, with Jacob Wright, Jahmai Simpson-Pusey, Max Alleyne and Tom Galvez protecting him.
Charlie Gray was in front of defence, with Farid Alfa-Ruprecht and Alfie Harrison playing three up front in midfield.
Dan Ogwuru played as the sole forward while Matty Whittingham and Joel Ndala took their positions on the flanks.
Manchester City U18
From XI: Grant, Wright, Simpson-Pusey, Alleyne, Galvez, Gray, Alfa-Ruprecht, Harrison, Whittingham, Ogwuru, Ndala
SUBS: Naylor, Wint, Heskey, Dada-Mascoll, Muir
Blackburn Rovers U18
From XI: Blease, Duru, Powel, Litheriano, Olson, Caddick, M-Worrell, O’Grady, Chmiel, Biniek, Taylor
SUBS: Doherty, Honor, Farkas, Edmondson, Davies
WHAT IT MEANS
Back-to-back home wins for our young team sees us move up a spot to third, but we have games on our hands with the teams above us.
Ben Wilkinson’s side are taking a break from the league next week as we travel to Norfolk to play Norwich in the Premier League U18s Cup.
Kick-off is scheduled for 11am (UK).
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