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  • [4] Dallas Cup: MUFC U19 3 Real Salt Lake U19 1 - Match Report by Tom Clare

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    Manchester United U19s 3 Real Salt LakeLake U19s 1 – Monday 10 April 2017.


    The weather in Dallas, Texas turned nasty this afternoon with heavy rain and strong winds. The game at MoneyGram Park which was due to kick off at 4 pm had to be delayed for almost two hours and play did not start until 5.45 pm. Sadly, there were no media facilities at this complex and it was difficult to get any information on the team line-ups. However, from my own observation it looked like United lined up as follows:


    Richardson; Olosunde, Poole, Warren, Whelan; Hamilton, Kehindi, Gribbin, Barlow; Tanner, Bohui.


    Facing a strong wind in the first half, United fought to keep control of the game by keeping the ball moving along the ground and spreading it wide at every opportunity. However, the packed Real Salt Lake defence limited United to shooting from distance and little troubled the RSLK ‘keeper. Richardson in the United goal had very little to do except field long punts from the RSL defenders or back passes from his own players.


    On 33 minutes following a United attack Kehindi was brought down wide on the left, in line with the 18 yards line.Gribbin’s cross into the six yard box saw the RSL ‘keeper flap at the ball and Bohui was there to head the ball home. It stayed at 1-0 until half-time.


    The second-half started and within a minute United conceded once again through losing the ball and allowing the RSL team to get the ball quickly out on the right. A first time cross was met by the RSL striker who had no problems from pushing the ball past Richardson.


    For the next 20 minutes United had to weather some spirited RSL attacking play, but then came a real moment of magic. An attack wide down the left hand side saw Barlow play the ball back to Olosunde who drove on into the penalty box. With quick feet, he turned three defenders inside out, before calmly slotting the ball past the floundering RSL ‘keeper into the net. It really was a joy to watch.


    United were in control of the game from then on, but carelessness did allow RSL to have two good chances to equalize, but Richardson was alert first blocking a one-on-one situation and then later diving to his left to palm away a snap-shot. In the last minute of the game, RSL defenders allowed Gribbin to steal the ball midway in their half and he was away to the races before lifting the ball over the keeper as he rushed out, and into the net. As soon as the game restarted the referee blew for full-time.


    United now move on to face Coritiba from Brazil (surprise 4-1 winners over Chivas today) on Wednesday evening in the Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Group is now wide open and a win will certainly see United progress.


    Tom Clare


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