Youngsters Gain Revenge

James Jennings

STOKE CITY U18s gained revenge over Manchester City on Saturday with a thoroughly deserved 2-1 victory at the City Football Academy, writes Conor Shaw.

After exiting the Premier League Cup at the hands of the Citizens last time out Richard Walker’s side bounced back superbly yesterday to banish some of those memories.

Two second half goals from strikers Ethon Varian and James Jennings gave the Potters a comfortable 2-0 lead before the hosts netted a late consolation effort.

The result sees the youngsters move above the Citizens and into the top half of the table with at least one game in hand on all the teams above them.

New singing Ryan Corrigan was handed his Potters debut against his former club in Manchester and he and his new teammates could count himself unfortunate not to be leading at the break.

Skippering the side on his birthday, Ethan Stanton had an effort cleared off the line on the half hour mark, while EVarian was denied a penalty after being fouled in the penalty area.

Minutes after the break however and the Potters took a well-deserved lead. Varian found himself clear through on goal and was able to slot the ball into the bottom corner beyond City keeper Gavin Bazunu.

A stunning strike from James Jennings doubled the visitors’ advantage just ten minutes later. The Irishman shifted onto his favoured foot and found the top corner from 20-yards out, a strike which was unsaveable for Bazunu.

The home side pulled a goal back in the dying embers of the match, but it proved to be just a consolation. Tommy Doyle sent in a free-kick towards striker Henri Ogunby – who headed home to half the deficit for the home side.

Walker’s side welcome league-leaders Everton to Clayton Wood on Saturday 23rdFebruary for their next U18 Premier League North fixture.

Stoke City: Kanuric, Coates, Corrigan (Murphy 59), Malone, Macari, Nash (Jarrett 34), Stanton, Porter, Jennings, Varian, Toure (Sanali). Unused: Cooper, Sankoh.

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