All hopes of launching a challenge for the North Under 18 Premier League title have vanished some time ago, but the boys’ FA Youth Cup campaign is still very much alive and well, with a place in the semifinal which is the reward for a victory. besides Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford next Friday evening. This encounter against the always talented and combative Rams was the perfect preparation for the upcoming Greater Manchester derby.
The conditions of the Aon Training Complex were, as expected, stormy, but fortunately there was almost always the rain of the last few weeks at the beginning of the game. Nonetheless, the low temperature alone must have come as a stark return to reality for players who had been to Portugal for training in hot weather.
The game took some time to catch fire with visitors who probably got the better of the opening trades. The odds were high until the eleventh minute when Derby produced a move that led to the opening goal of the game, set by Tyree Wilson and scored by striker Jack Stretton.