Kuate 26mins, Nuttall 30mins
- Match reports
- Sat 23 Feb 2013, 2:34PM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City U18s secured their second win on the bounce, with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Platt Lane.
A very youthful side grabbed the first post-Christmas points in the U18 League with an emphatic win against Arsenal last week, following a tricky start to 2013. Rovers were aiming to build on their midweek victory over Norwich.
Adam Sadler again shuffled his pack, and the home side made six changes from the starting lineup against the Gunners.
Ian Lawlor returned in goal to captain the side, and a much changed midfield was led well by Wato Kuate in the centre.
The right wing slot was occupied by Jorge Intima, who gave an excellent performance of strong runs and accurate crosses.
Last week’s hattrick hero, Joe Nuttall, was handed another opportunity to lead the line and duly responded by scoring what turned out to be the winner.
Good work from Jose Angel Tasende on the left hand side ended with an excellent cross, which gave Nuttall an easy tap in for his fourth goal in two games.
It was the second goal of the day for City after half an hour. Four minutes earlier, Kuate had given them the lead with a powerful header from a free kick on the right hand side, given after a heavy challenge on Intima left him lying on the turf for some minutes.
City fully deserved their two goal lead at half time, showing their attacking intent straight from kick off.
They were unlucky not to be ahead inside the first minute, after an Intima cross from the right hand side caused havoc in the box and City had three attempts to finish before the Rovers goalkeeper smothered the ball.
There were plenty of other opportunities too, and although there were a couple of nervy moments at the back, the best chance for the visitors was headed wide after 20 minutes.
A light snowfall joined the young Blues for the second period, and they began the half well, Dominic McHale’s shot being just scooped off the line one minute after the restart.
But Blackburn grabbed one back shortly after through striker Jordan Preston, who dinked the ball over Lawlor and into the net, despite the best efforts of two defenders on the line.
The visitors forced their way back into a match which had been largely one sided prior to the goal, and there were a few scares as the game went on.
Cham hit a spectacular shot which fortunately smacked onto the bar, Sam Tattum cleared off the line and Rovers forced a good number of corners which they proved unable to convert.
Despite late pressure from the visitors, City held on for a battling victory and ensured a real jump start to 2013.
Tuesday night’s date with Derby County at Pride Park in the FA Youth Cup is next up on the academy schedule. The next league outing is at home against Newcastle on Saturday 2 March.