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01 October 2022 Venue Bishop Burton College Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Hull City U18
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Barnsley U18
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FIVE-STAR U18S MAUL TIGERS

2 October 2022

Our U18s came from behind to thrash Hull City 5-1 in the Professional Development League on Saturday afternoon.

Emmaisa Nzondo cancelled out Glen Sani’s opener early in the second half before braces for Vimal Yoganathan and Rafael Monteiro completed the rout, making it three wins on the spin for Nicky Eaden’s youngsters.

Following the first whistle, Hull were quick to take control of proceedings. The Tigers capitalised on Barnsley’s slow start and threw constant attacks at our U18s. Rogan Ravenhill was called into action early on as the hosts nearly found their way through in the box one on one, but the man between the sticks was quick to recognise the danger and his rush off the line to smother the ball.

In the 18th minute, an unfortunate mix up at the back gifted City the lead. A long ball over the top looked to be dealt with by our trialist, but his backpass to Ravenhill was too central, giving Sani the perfect opportunity to pounce. The forward’s initial effort was well saved by Ravenhill, however, rather fortuitously the ball bounced straight back into Sani and deflected into the net.

The first half continued to be difficult for our U18s following the goal. The Tigers almost secured their second just minutes later as Chibanga’s drive down the wing left him in space in the box, but the full-back’s attempt from a tight angle flashed wide.

Just before half-time, an inspired bit of goalkeeping from Ravenhill kept his team in the game as he produced a stunning double save to first deny Sani and then Cameron Gray on the follow-up.

HALF-TIME: Hull 1-0 Barnsley

At the interval, Nzondo was introduced along with Kynan Murchison as Eaden looked to inject more energy into the Reds.

This tactical decision completely turned the game on its head, with Nzondo making an instant impact as he took to the pitch. Some incredible pressing play from the substitute saw him rob a Hull defender of the ball, before driving into the box. A cool head made sure to give a cool finish as he slotted home past a helpless goalkeeper.

As the second half progressed, so did our U18s’ dominance; a completely different team to how they performed in the first 45. Relentless attacks from Barnsley saw attempts from Josiah Dyer and Monteiro just go begging as the Reds searched for the goal to push them into the lead.

Midway through the half, they found it. Yoganathan was the right man in the right place as a free-kick into the box was met by Dyer, whose cushioned header fell to our midfielder to smash into the back of the net.

Shortly after, Yoganathan grabbed his second when he found himself free in the box to slot home from close range after Nzondo had been denied by the Tigers’ stopper.

Within moments, Monteiro made it 4-1 as he raced into the area and crashed an emphatic strike beyond the goalkeeper to put the game well and truly out of reach.

The Portuguese midfielder doubled his own personal tally three minutes later to add the icing on the cake when Alex Anaman surged forward and saw his strike cannon back off the upright to the feet of Monteiro, who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net.

There was still time for one more chance as Monteiro searched for his hat-trick, but his deft lob sailed just over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.

An absolutely magical display from our young Reds in the second half sealed the win and guaranteed all three points came back to South Yorkshire. Some outstanding football and inspired pressing play saw them breeze past the hosts, even after going a goal down, resulting in an incredible come back.

FULL-TIME: Hull City 1-5 Barnsley

 

REDS XI: Ravenhill (GK), Anaman, Lacey, Bland, Trialist, Trialist, Yoganathan, Makiessi, Dyer (C), Monteiro, Farrell.

Subs: Carter-Rodgers, Brace, Murchison, Benjamin, Nzondo.

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