FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER YOUTH (1) 2
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (1) 3
NW Youth Alliance Neil Thomason Premier Cup quarter-final match
played on Sunday, 20 March, 2011


LINE-UPS

FC United of Manchester: Andrew Farrimond, Ryan Lyons, Jake Haslam, Obied Elghreaw, Jordan Dainty, Luke Kolakowski (Harrison Reeve 62 mins), Kane Joyce (Luke Walker 86 mins), Josh Burke, Jay Walcott, Matthew Boland (Daniel McLoughlin 51 mins), Scott Cheetham. Not Used: Aron Buckley-Smith, Lee Hill.

ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH: 1. Adam REID, 2. Harry McAUGHTRIE, 4. Jake BARNABAS, 5. James SMART (capt), 3. Sam GRIMSHAW; 7. Ibk MODUPE-OJO, 6. Matthew FEARON, 8.Stewart WALLACE, 11. Sam LANGFORD; 9. Theo KIDD, 10. Ashley WOODS. Subs: Ansima MATABARO, Oliver RILEY, Danny COLLINS, Liam NOON, David KING.


REPORT

Report courtesy of George Heslop.

Alty manager George Heslop omitted three players from his squad for failing to ring in on time on Friday, so changes were made to the starting line-up from the last game.

Altricham started the game well and gave as good as they got against the league leaders. However, FCUM opened the scoring through Luke Kolakowski who converted a cross from Scott Cheetham after 22 minutes, which meant that the visitors had to redouble their efforts to get back into the game.

Alty's efforts paid off when a beautiful through ball from Sam Langford found Theo Kidd, who finished with aplomb from 20 yards, beating the keeper to his right. The equaliser gave the team confidence and they reached the interval level at 1-1.


Half-Time: FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER YOUTH 1
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 1

Just two minutes into the second half, Altrincham were penalised for a handball in the box and FCUM's Josh Burke sent Adam Reid the wrong way from the spot to restore the hosts' lead.

However, Alty stuck to their task, giving 100% commitment, playing at a high tempo and passing well. Their efforts paid off when Langford got up the left and, though his cross did not find a team mate, the pressure from Alty's two forwards induced an own goal from a defender, midway through the second half.

Altrincham now looked the better side but, after 65 minutes, they had to replace Modupe-Ojo, who had earlier suffered a blood injury when the ball was blasted into his face, causing a nose bleed. Ansima Matabaro replaced him on the right of midfield and he was soon involved in what was now a battling game.

After 75 minutes a magnificent kick upfield by goalkeeper Reid beat the FCUM central defenders and Theo Kidd latched onto it to finish well and give Alty a 3-2 lead. FCUM responded with a series of long balls and crosses but the Alty back four remained very solid. Despite a nerve-wracking ending, which included eight added minutes, Altrincham came away with a very good result against the league leaders. The win secured them a place in the semi-final of the Neil Thomason Cup, a competition named after the late Altrincham FC youth team coach.


Full-Time: FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER YOUTH 2
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 3