2 - 0
Part three of a hectic April fixture list for the Youth Team saw the lads welcome Abbey Hey to the Lancaster Club on Tuesday, a high paced encounter saw the reds take the points in a 2-0 win with goals from Yousif Yousif and Mike Taylor.
Abbey Hey showed why they had been heading the NWYA Premier Division table for some time by matching the pace set by the reds and being a constant threat throughout the game. It was perhaps inevitable that much of the action took place in midfield and chances were restricted by both sides. Star performances by Frank van Gils and Daniel Maynard the highlights although this was an excellent performance by all concerned.
Yousif came close in the fourth minute but the first real chance didn’t come until the 19th minute. Mike passed forward to Yousif who ran into the box and despite a first touch that looked to give Chris Leigh in the Abbey Hey goal a chance to clear Yousif was able to prod the ball in to the goal.
Daniel and Frank combined well when the latter had a shot that was deflected wide for a corner and Kial Callacher headed over from a free kick shortly afterwards but in truth neither goalkeeper was tested again in the first half although Yousif and Yasser Belattar came closest in the final fifteen minutes.
The second half was played at much the same pace, substitutes Jonathan Poizer, with a willingness to shoot on sight and Liam Ellis made significant contributions. Two headed near misses were the best of the early action until Mike made it 2-0 in the 67th minute. Liam Ellis with good hold up play laid the ball off for Jack Burgess to cross for Mike to drive home from around 25 yards. Five minutes later Jack came close to scoring himself from a Poizer free kick. For the rest of the game, both sides sought to add to the score but in truth no-one came close.
Next comes three games in eight days that may well decide the title this year as Sunday home and away games against Prescot are the bread of a sandwich in which Warrington visit the Lancaster Club on the 17th. All three clubs will be considering themselves as potential champions.
FC United of Manchester:
1. Ryan Barker
2. Jack Burgess
3. Lewis Adams
4. Josh Smethurst
5. Charlie Doyle
6. Kial Callacher
7. Daniel Maynard
8. Mike Taylor
9. Yousif Yousif
10. Frank Van Gils
11. Yasser Belattar
12. Jon Poizer (for 11, 54 mins)
14. George Shaw
16. Liam Ellis (for 7, 61 mins)
GK. Josh Broadbent