United’s Under-18s triumph on Teesside

In between times, Garnacho looked destined to add to the goal he scored against Everton last week after outstripping Boro defender Lucas Reed, but his shot didn’t carry the pace to beat keeper Swann.

The flow of the game during the first half suggested that there could be more of the same in prospect for the second spell, but football can prove to be anything but predictable. And, within the space of two minutes around the hour-mark, United scored twice to put themselves firmly into the driving seat.

Hugill grabbed his and United’s second goal, after taking a pass from Iestyn Hughes, and finishing off a flowing eight man move. Before Boro could recover, United raided again down the opposite flank and another fine move ended with Wellens lashing the ball past Swann.

The destination of the spoils looked assured but there was to be one bump in the road as the match entered its last 10 minutes, when Willis generated a touch of hope for the home side with a well-struck shot.

United weren’t to be denied, however, and, in the first minute of added time, substitute Hansen crowned a great day for the lads in the North East with a brilliant solo goal that even a posse of four Boro defenders couldn’t prevent.

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