Stoke City Under-18s 0
Manchester City Under-18s 4 (Maffeo 48, Boadu 71, 78, Bryan 87)
STOKE CITY'S Under-18 side fell to a 4-0 defeat to high-flying Manchester City at a chilly Clayton Wood on Saturday morning.
The Potters, who fielded seven first-year scholars and one schoolboy compared to their more experience counterparts, succumbed to four second half goals after remaining resolute during the first period.
The visitors could have added further gloss to the scoreline with a number of chances in the final half hour but were wasteful with their finishing, whilst they also saw Daniel Gyollai save a penalty in the dying seconds of the game.
It was the Citizens who settled the quicker of the two sides and had two good chances inside the opening quarter of the match as Jorge Intima and Kean Bryan both saw efforts fly just wide of Gyollai’s upright.
The Sky Blues continued to apply the pressure but were having difficulty breaking down a well drilled City defence with Bryan and Jose Angelino seeing efforts failing to hit the target.
John Perkins’ side always remained a threat on the break and after fine approach play through the middle, Johnville Renee-Pringle released Charles Weston-Hayles but just as the striker was about to shoot Manuel Oseni put in a last ditch challenge to deny him from putting the home side ahead.
Stoke were more than a match for their opponents in the opening half with some fine passing moves only halted by the assistant referee’s offside flag as the killer ball was played through the visitor’s backline.
However after playing so well in the first 45 minutes, all their hard work was undone by a sloppy goal within moments of the restart. Jack Bryne’s corner from the right was powered home by the head of full back Pablo Maffeo who evaded his marker just inside the six-yard box.
The Potters seemed to lose confidence as a result of the game’s first goal and the visitors had chances to double their lead minutes later as both Intima and Brandon Barker saw efforts fly just wide after Stoke had lost possession far too easily in the middle of the park.
It took until the 71st minute before the away side did eventually double their lead, though. Denziel Boadu made an immediate impact from the substitutes’ bench when he headed in Angelino’s left-wing cross from close range.
Just seven minutes later Boadu grabbed his second of the game and his side’s third when Thierry Ambrose worked the ball into the forward who, with the aid of a deflection off Curtis Strong, fired past the helpless Gyollai from 12 yards.
Stoke’s only meaningful effort of the second period came when Theo Brierley stepped off the bench and forced Angus Gunn into a smart save from 20 years, before the visitors added a fourth when Yvan Wassi’s cross from the byline was flicked in by Bryan after 87 minutes.
It could have been five for the away side just seconds before the game’s conclusion when Gyollai brought down Ambrose inside the box, but the keeper atoned for his error by saving James Horsfield’s well struck penalty.
Stoke City: Gyollai, Vassell (Brierley 79’), Strong (c), Monlouis, Edwards, Hulme, Shenton, Douglas (Roberts 65’), Coban, Weston-Hayles (Shepherd 74’), Renee-Pringle. Subs not used: Kurasik, Pickerill.
Manchester City: Gunn, Maffeo, Oseni, Smith-Brown (c), Angelino (Wassi 81’), Horsfield, Intima (Celina 70’), Byrne (Boadu 57’), Ambrose, Bryan, Barker. Subs not used: O’Brien, Tattum.