August 24, 2012 by backofthenetjl
Manchester City EDS followed up their 0-0 draw against Chelsea, with a convincing 4-0 victory over a Middlesbrough side that had some bright young stars. Despite the scoreline, it was a good test for City’syoungsters, Middlesbrough are a good side, who have some very exciting talents. A brace from Jordi Mayfuila, one from Luca Scapuzzi and a penalty from Denis Suarez earnt the blues a 4-0 win infront of an 1,000 plus crowd at the Etihad Stadium.
Reserve coach Attilio Lombardo selected a strong starting 11, featuring playmakers Marco Lopes and Denis Suarez, a strong back four of Reece Wabara, Ryan McGivern, Kieron Kennedy and Jeremy Helan, aswell as the in-form Jordy Hiwula being deployed as the lone striker. The major surprise of the night was the return of Gareth Barry, who played 45 minutes; ensuring the England international is back to full-fitness for when he is required.
Middlesbrough had put 4-0 past Palace in their first game of the season and they fielded a strong lineup aswell, including Andy Halliday, skipper Matty Dolan, Ryan Brobbell, Jake Fowler, Kyle Oliver and Wilson Kneeshaw leading the line upfront.
As the game kicked-off, an even match was looming, it was very competitive and both sides were shifting the ball about well and looking desperate for the points. Neither of the side got into the game straight away, but it was Middlesbrough who made the brighter start, though it never produced any clear-cut chances.
In the 14th minute, the home side took the lead, Jordy Hiwula capitalised on a misplaced pass from Andy Halliday, rounded Ripley and calmly slotted his chance away; his first goal of the season. Shortly after Middlesbrough had a great chance to level the score, it fell to Wilson Kneeshaw, but his effort was well saved by Johansen in the city goal. Albert Rusnak was showing some neat touches down the left-flank and it was the Slovakian who had the latest effort on goal, he cut in well from the left and struck a fierce shot to test Connor Ripley and it was a good save from the Boro shot-stopper, parrying the ball away from danger. Matty Dolan then over-hit a free-kick for the away side, there only real chance of the first half, apart from the early chance for Kneeshaw.
On the stroke of half time, the visitors were presented with a glorious chance to equaliser, Wilson Kneeshaw would of tied things up, but for a super block from Ryan McGivern, brilliant defensive work from the City youth product. Because of the block from McGivern, City went in at the break leading through that goal from Jordy Hiwula.
HT Man City EDS 1-0 Middlesbrough EDS
As the action resumed, the same entertaining football continued, showing that its always good to watch abit of youth football whenever possible. Italian Striker Luca Scapuzzi was sent on as a replacement for Gareth Barry and the former A.C Milan scholar was involved instantly. Skipper George Evans launched a lovely ball over the top for Scapuzzi, who latched on to the pass, skilfully got in behind the Boro backline and drew a foul; leading to the ref awarding a penalty. Spanish whizkid Denis Suarez stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot-kick; sending Connor Ripley the wrong way.
Just after, City could of increased the score even further, JordyHiwula with the narrow miss after good work from Scapuzzi and Rusnak. Middlesbrough were limited to just the one chance on goal, it fell to Ryan Brommel, though his long-range effort was well held by Erik Johansen. Another chance from the Teesiders followed, Kyle Oliver having a header cleared off the line by Ryan McGivern, who had an exceptional game for the blues. At the other end, George Evans goes close, but slices wide from Marco Lopes’s corner.
Albert Rusnak combined well with Denis Suarez and and curls one, the result was a corner-kick as the shot was deemed to have took a slight deflection. From the corner, City grabbed their 3rd, Luca Scapuzzi ran towards the near post and stabs home his first of the season. And going into the 90th minute, City capped off the win in style, a magnificent solo goal from Hiwula, who cut in and fired home the 4th.
A brilliant game of football, City’s next fixture is in the Next Gen Series next Thursday against PSG.
City: Johansen, Wabara, Kennedy, McGivern, Helan, Evans, Barry (Scapuzzi), Suarez, Rusnak (Drury), Lopes(Henshall),Hiwula
Boro: Ripley, Pilatos, Burgess, Jackson, Halliday, Dolan, Edwards(Wyke), Oliver(Rivers), Brobbell, Fowler(Bennett), Kneeshaw
Man Of The Match: Denis Suarez
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Match Rating: 8/10