Ethan Galbraith scores winning penalty for Salford City in EFL Trophy clash
Manchester United loanee Ethan Galbraith scored the winning penalty for Salford City in last night’s EFL Trophy clash against Accrington Stanley.
With the Northern Group D clash at The Peninsula Stadium goalless after 90 minutes, the game was settled by penalties.
The Ammies, who are managed by Manchester United’s former Under-23s manager Neil Wood, beat the League One side 4-2 in the penalty shootout.
Galbraith’s winning penalty ensured that Salford picked up an additional bonus point having won the shootout and the competition’s 2019-20 winners sit top of Group D with five points from their opening two matches.
Ethan Galbraith scores winning penalty for Salford City
Galbraith, who completed the 90 minutes for the first time since joining Salford on a season-long loan on deadline day, narrowly missed out on being awarded player of the match by the Ammies fans.
The two-time Northern Ireland international was edged out by Salford goalkeeper Jacob Chapman who saved two penalties during the shootout to mark a memorable debut.
Galbraith, who spent last season on loan in League One with Doncaster Rovers, had started the last two League Two matches but he was brought off around the hour mark in both as he built up his match fitness.
Against Accrington, the 21-year-old had 51 touches, as per SofaScore, and completed 36 of his attempted 42 passes (86%).
He also won five duels, completed one dribble and made one interception.
The midfielder, who has one appearance for the Manchester United first team to his name, which came back in 2019 in the Europa League clash at Astana, was left out of both the senior and Under-21 Northern Ireland sides for this month’s friendlies.
Manchester United goalkeeper Dermot Mee, who is on loan at National League side Altrincham and Galbraith’s former United academy teammate Charlie McCann, who made his first start for Rangers at the weekend, have both been called-up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 side.