Manchester United’s under-18s suffered a disappointing FA Youth Cup defeat in midweek away at Stoke City.
Another tricky trip to Blackburn Rovers followed this weekend, and coach Travis Binnion mixed up his team selection, rotating the options at his disposal.
After twice trailing Blackburn 1-0 and 2-1, United won 3-2 thanks to a very late winner, and it was the two youngest players on the pitch who helped make the decisive impact.
Jayce Fitzgerald first goal
Jayce Fitzgerald scored Manchester United’s first goal to equalise, netting in just his third ever under-18s appearance.
An excellent cross from Sam Murray, his third assist of the season, was the perfect delivery for Fitzgerald to leap unmarked and head into the net from just over six yards out.
This was a positive way for the youngster to open his account at under-18s level, and was only undone by the defence conceding a penalty from the ensuring kick-off, to give up a 2-1 lead.
Shea Lacey assists two comeback goals
Important defensive blocks from both Jack Kingdon and Louis Jackson in each half prevented Blackburn from increasing their lead.
Midfielder Dan Gore netted an equaliser to make it 2-2, after Shea Lacey cut the ball inside to him so the FA Youth Cup winner could sweep the ball into the corner.
Lacey provided a second assist to win the game in the 87th minute when his lofted free-kick was headed in by defender Jack Kingdon.
While Kingdon made his under-18s debut two seasons ago, this was just his sixth appearance at this level, and his first goal.
This was Shea Lacey’s first start, and with two assists, it is easy to see why the talented youngster is incredibly highly rated at Carrington.
He played the final three minutes of the FA Youth Cup match last week, and could have a prominent role next year if he continues to progress.