Lincoln City U18 0-2 Man Utd U17
Scorer(s): Williams ’75, Baars ’89
Lincoln City XI: Antkowiak; West, Gretton, Horton, Hugo; Burns, Chapman; Burdett (C), O’Hara, White; Fenton.
Man Utd XI: Moutha-Sebtaoui (Thompson); Laird, Dunne (Barrett), Bernard, Spratt; O’Connor (Garner), Levitt (Baars); Bughail-Mellor (Greenwood), Greenwood (McGhee), Baars (Williams); Burkart (Martinelli).
Man United’s under-17s completed a valuable 90 minutes in pre-season against Lincoln City U18s with a 2-0 win.
Despite dominating in the first half as Max Dunne alone came close to opening the scoring on three separate occasions, United were level at half-time. Dunne was first denied by a fantastic Antkowiak save after a shot from a corner. A free-kick delivery also had Dunne on the end of it, but once more Antkowiak made a brilliant stop.
Dishon Bernard, the centre-back who joined from Chelsea on a scholarship deal this summer, had a header saved by the Lincoln goalkeeper.
Antkowiak continued to frustrate the Reds, denying Greenwood, Bughail-Mellor and Williams either side of half-time.
Millen Baars returned into the action having been brought off earlier, United operating a rolling subs policy, and instantly had an impact. A minute after his reintroduction, the Dutchman’s cross was converted by Brandon Williams.
14 minutes later, with one to go in normal time, Baars curled a second in for United.
It’s been a difficult start to life at United for Baars. He signed in October last year, but was prevented from playing competitive games until this summer due to international clearance hold-ups. Finally able to pull on a Red shirt, he’s impressed in friendlies so far.
Playing for United as a sub was 16-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli. The Ituano forward has been on trial at United on a number of occasions and is back at the club currently. He’s scored 14 goals in 14 games for Ituano’s under-17 side this season and has played above his age group with the under-20s, too.