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Manchester City U18s earn comeback win at Stoke City

[Manchester City 2022]

Matthew Whittingham was the star of the show as Manchester City came from behind to beat Stoke City 3-1 in the U18 Premier League North.

The midfielder was moved to left-back for this match but still managed to set up goals for Justin Oboavwoduo and Joel Ndala to increase his lead at the top of the assist charts.

Adam Watson put Stoke ahead in the first half before Farid Alfa-Ruprecht equalised for City after the break. The goals from Oboavwoduo and Ndala completed the turnaround and saw City collect the three points.

Stoke took the lead in the 16th minute when they kept the ball alive after City thought they had cleared it and Oliver Challinor found Watson who turned and fired a powerful snapshot into the back of the net.

After a below-par first-half performance, City got the dream start to the second half scoring just one minute after the interval to draw level.

The goal came in scrappy fashion when Stoke failed to deal with Nico O’Reilly’s cross which scrambled its way through to Alfa-Ruprecht at the far post who squeezed it into the net from a tight spot.

City went in front in the 60th minute when Matthew Whittingham rolled the ball in behind for Oboavwoduo who placed it into the bottom corner for his 7th goal of the season in all competitions.

They doubled their lead two minutes later with Whittingham at the heart of the move again, this time collecting the ball out wide and playing it inside to Ndala who fired home from inside in the box.

Stoke played well in the first half but failed to recover from the blow of conceding early in the second. They nearly pulled a goal back in the 65th minute however when their trialist striker went through but he was denied by a smart stop.

City pushed for the rest of the second half but were unable to grab any more goals. The victory sees them climb up to second in the table.


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Stoke City U18101Loss
Manchester City U18033Win

Stoke City U18

B Trialist
Josh Bickerton Midfielder
Oliver Challinor Midfielder
Ali Hayder Midfielder
William Smith Midfielder
Ruben Brammer Goalkeeper
Louis Saville Midfielder
Tommy Jackson Goalkeeper
Sydney Agina Midfielder
Max Asplin Defender 72'
Jake Griffin Midfielder
Jackson Kelly Midfielder
Adam Watson Midfielder 16'
Sol Sidibe Midfielder
Zane Rattray Midfielder
Josh Maskall Midfielder
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Manchester City U18

Michael Okeke Midfielder
Justin Oboavwoduo Forward 60'
Matthew Whittingham Midfielder
Joel Tshisanga Ndala Midfielder 62'
George Murray-Jones Goalkeeper
Jahmal Simpson-Pussey Midfielder
Farid Alfa-Ruprecht Midfielder 47'
Emilio Lawrence Forward
Ezra Carrington Defender
Jaden Heskey Forward
Sebastian Naylor Defender
Jacob Wright Midfielder 34'
Alfie Harrison Midfielder
Jack Wint Goalkeeper
51Isaac Smith Midfielder
78Nico O’Reilly Midfielder
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