Newcastle United U18 0-4 Manchester United U18
Scorer(s): Angel Gomes ’34, Callum Gribbin (p) ’36, Joshua Bohui ’72, Indy Boonen ’87
#nufc XI: Harker, Spooner, Wilson, Longstaff, Bailey, Cass, Gallacher, Goodridge (Long 75), Sorensen (Lowther 61), Smith (Allan 61), Heaney.
#mufc XI: Sebtaoui; O’Connor, Warren, Dunne, Kenyon; Gribbin, Hamilton (DJ Buffonge 72), Whelan, Barlow (Boonen 63); Gomes; Burkart (Bohui 63).
Manchester United’s under-18s made it eight wins in 12 games as they netted four times away at Newcastle, reaching a 34th goal of the season.
It is the six time this season that Kieran McKenna’s Young Reds have scored four or more.
Angel Gomes opened the scoring for United after 34 minutes. Two minutes later, the lead was doubled by Callum Gribbin. The talented forward has been sidelined for the last three months, returning last weekend as a substitute. He netted a penalty.
Gribbin has been watching as the stunningly exciting and effective attack of this side have flourished. He’s now returned, and looked comfortable.
It was the two first goalscorers, Gribbin and Gomes, who combined with less than twenty minutes remaining for substitute Joshua Bohui to make it 3-0.
Newcastle saw Mackenzie Heaney sent off for a second bookable offence with roughly ten minutes left and another substitute Indy Boonen scored for United’s fourth.
United were beaten 3-2 in this fixture last season, although they thrashed Newcastle 7-1 at home. The rapid progress of McKenna’s side has been astonishing. It was immensely encouraging that McKenna could rotate his attacking options, leaving Indy Boonen and DJ Buffonge on the bench and still being left with Gribbin, Gomes, and Burkart. This was, of course, with Tahith Chong on international duty with Netherlands’ in under-19 side.