Stoke City celebrate Jordan Greenidge's goal at Preston
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22:00 27th February 2017
U18s overcome Preston to set-up Manchester City double-header...
Preston North End 1 (Earl 81)
Stoke City 3 (Greenidge 14, Campbell 43 & 70)
- Greenidge opened scoring for the Potters at Deepdale.
- In-form Campbell nets brace either side of interval to complete victory.
- Late Joshua Ear effort proves nothing more than a consolation for home side.
TYRESE CAMPBELL was the toast of North Staffordshire once more on Monday evening as his superbly taken brace helped set up a mouth-watering two-legged FA Youth Cup Semi-Final with Manchester City.
The highly-regarded striker maintained his record of scoring in every round of this season’s competition as he netted his sixth and seventh efforts in front of over 1000 spectators at Deepdale.
It was fellow frontman Jordan Greenidge who broke the deadlock however, with the powerful frontman showcasing his talents after capitalising on a defensive mix-up to fire the visitors ahead on the quarter-hour mark.
Campbell, who joined the Potters from Manchester City in the summer, had already rattled the woodwork with a thumping effort before he dispatched the travelling side’s second goal of the evening shortly before the half-time interval.
The 16-year-old used his pace to devastating effect to latch onto Harry Souttar’s outstanding ball forward, sidestepped his marker and let rip a powerful drive with his left foot that left the North End stopper helpless.
The hosts, who had already seen off the much-fancied Everton earlier in the competition, rallied following the break, but offered little in terms of clear-cut chances with Kevin Russell’s side proving too difficult a nut to crack.
A looping header 10 minutes into the second period had Hungarian goalkeeper Mate Deczki briefly worried, although he watched on with relative comfort as the Preston forward’s effort drifted harmlessly onto the roof of the net.
At the other end former Dundee United defender Souttar went close to meeting Jake Dunwoody’s teasing centre, whilst Greenidge failed to follow up his earlier effort with a second after failing to make the necessary contact with the ball inside the penalty area.
Buoyed on by a travelling 300 or so supporters, the Potters put the tie to bed 20 minutes from time when Campbell pounced from close range to snatch his seventh goal of the competition to date, following good work on the right by Greenidge.
There was a moment to savour for the hosts late on when Joshua Earl stabbed home a consolation effort for his side after Mate Deczki had made a tremendous save to deny a Lilywhites midfielder.
Stoke City: Deczki; Edwards,Souttar, Da Silva, McJannet; Balde (Twyford 73), Sorensen, Dunwoody (c); Szereto; Greenidge, Campbell. Subs: Allen, Read, Monteiro, Vazoumana.