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U21S: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United By Matthew Holt 19 Mar 2024 03:00

Manchester United’s Under-21s won the last Premier League 2 of the season 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Monday evening.

 

All Albion defender Aaron Harper-Bailey headed into his own net after just 17 minutes from a low cross from Charlie McNeill.

Ethan Ennis then made it two just before half-time and the interval, tapping home into an empty net after some neat play from McNeill in the build-up.

The scoring was done just after the hour mark, as McNeill found the net himself after a long pass out from behind defender Sonny Alzoffrey.

Ethan Ennis breaks away in celebration after his goal at the Hawthorns.
West Brom were given their first opening in the Midlands after just seven minutes, Harry Whitwell crossing for Jovan Malcolm who headed just wide of Elih Harrison’s far post.

Ashton Miseen raced up the right before crossing the six-yard area and flashing a ball that narrowly missed Ennis and the outstretched leg.

 

A counter attack from our young Reds brought the opener as Travis Binyon’s side took the lead. Harrison’s quick-thinking freed Omari Forson, before he played in McNeill inside the penalty area.

One touch before crossing, the 20-year-old saw his low cross poked into his own net by Harper-Bailey as United went forward.

Toby Collier then stole possession and went in search of a second. Down a goal, O Ben Cisse made a strong save to keep our lead to just one.
As the first half wore on and Essa Sule’s long-range strike thundered over the crossbar, Harrison later made a fine save to deny Dego Nelson.

 

The lead was turned to two just moments later, with McNeill again involved. His first-time cross was neatly tapped in by Ennis, doubling United’s advantage and

 

The second half was controlled by Binyons, as McNeil and Missin once again combined well and. Cisse flashed an effort just wide of the goal shortly after the restart.

The clock struck three on 67 minutes and McNeill’s hard work was duly rewarded, as he lifted the ball over the Albion keeper and after a lovely pass out through midfield from Aljofree.

United dominated possession in the final stages, with both Forson and Baumann going close late on.

 

 

Match details

United: Harrison; and Ogunneye (Fredricson, 85), Aljofree, Kambwala, Murray; O Collier (C), O Bowman (Curley, 67); O Misin (Mantato, 85), O Ennis (Williams, 46), O Forson; McNeil.

Sub not used: Plumley.

Goals: Harper-Bailey 17, Ennis 37, McNeil 67

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