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U18 Premier League Cup: Top performers from matchday 3 (North)

The third and final round of group stage fixtures in the U18 Premier League Cup took place over the weekend with plenty of big results and performances. All 13 U18 Premier League North teams were involved in the action. Here are the five standout performers from the northern sides over matchday 3.

Farid Alfa-Ruprecht, Manchester City

Farid Alfa-Ruprecht grabbed two assists as Manchester City beat Norwich City 3-2 to become the only team in the competition to take maximum points from their group stage campaign. The forward set up late goals for Alfie Harrison and Justin Oboavwoduo as City came back from 2-0 down to claim the three points and qualify for the quarter finals. The Citizens are the only U18 Premier League North team to reach the last eight.

Law McCabe, Middlesbrough

Law McCabe scored both goals as Middlesbrough beat Ipswich Town 2-1 to carry on their recent run of good form. The forward grabbed his two goals either side of the interval as Boro came from behind to beat the Tractor Boys. The victory moved Boro up to second in Group G but they missed out on qualification as the best runner-up on goal difference. The two goals take McCabe’s tally for the season up to five in all competitions.

Ethan Williams, Manchester United

Ethan Williams bagged a brace in Manchester United’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal including a late equaliser. The winger put United ahead early in the second half and then scored his second late in the game to earn United a point after an Arsenal comeback. The draw was United’s first point of the competition but it was not enough to move them off the bottom of the group. Williams’ goal tally for the season is now up to five in all competitions.

Connor McLeod, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Connor McLeod grabbed a goal and an assist in Wolves’ 4-3 win over Liverpool. The winger set up a goal for Fabian Reynolds before getting himself on the scoresheet with what turned out to be the winner. The victory was Wolves’ first of the competition and saw them finish third in Group G. McLeod’s goal was his first of the season and he’ll be hoping to push on from that.

Lleyton Brown, Leeds United

Lleyton Brown scored two goals as Leeds beat 10-man Crystal Palace 5-2 in an impressive display. The forward grabbed a first half brace as Leeds cruised to a comfortable lead before the break. This was Brown’s debut at U18 level and he marked it with a very strong display. The victory was Leeds’ first in the competition but it was not enough to lift them off the bottom of the group.

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