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Manchester City U18’s cruise past Blackburn Rovers with stunning display

Nico O'Reilly grabbed a goal and an assist [Credit: Matt McNulty]

Nico O’Reilly grabbed a goal and an assist as Manchester City thumped Blackburn Rovers 5-0 to gain more ground at the top of the U18 Premier League North.

Goals from Ashton Muir, Isaiah Dada-Mascoll, Justin Oboavwoduo, Alfie Harrison and Nico O’Reilly eased City to a sixth successive win in all competitions. A run that started with a victory over Rovers in the FA Youth Cup last month.

City came into the game seven points clear at the top and unbeaten in their last seven league matches, last tasting defeat on November 12th.

On the other hand, Blackburn entered the clash second bottom of the standings, with only one win in their last six league games, which came away at Liverpool.

WHAT HAPPENED?

City took the lead in the 36th minute with a fabulous passing move as they swept the ball from left to right, setting Jacob Wright free out wide.

The full-back moved the ball inside to Nico O’Reilly who helped it onto Muir. The winger fired a first-time strike into the top corner for his third goal of the season.

City wasted no time doubling their lead as Wright got in behind again straight from kick-off and crossed for Muir who saw his effort saved by Will Blease.

Jacob Wright in action for Manchester City U18 [Credit: Matt McNulty]

The rebound rolled out to the edge of the box for Dada-Mascoll to strike. His effort took a deflection on the way through to wrong foot Blease and put City in control of the game.

City grabbed a bizarre third in the 63rd minute when Harrison clipped in a ball towards the back post. Rovers attempted to clear their lines but ended up smacking the ball off Oboavwoduo’s face and it rebounded into the net.

It was 4-0 five minutes later when substitute Farid Alfa-Ruprecht made an instant impact breaking free down the right and drilling a low cross into the box that was finished off by Harrison.

The visitors scored again in the 71st minute when substitute Kane Taylor collected the ball in his own half and set off on a superb run forward before picking out O’Reilly who skinned his man and dispatched a calm finish into the net.

The victory gives City even more ground at the top of the U18 table with the gap to nearest chasers Manchester United now eight points.

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