Ethan Galbraith impresses in cameo role to help Doncaster beat City U21s

Whilst Manchester United’s youngsters had impressively swatted aside Bradford City 3-0 in the EFL Trophy, another of the club’s academy graduates was making sure that his loan club got one over United’s fierce rivals.

Ethan Galbraith came off the bench to help Doncaster Rovers beat Manchester City’s under-21s 2-1.

The Northern Ireland international came on in the 64th minute and with him having added incentive to beat City, the 20-year-old certainly made sure that he contributed during the short period he was on the pitch.

Pumped up Galbraith thwarts City

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Galbraith came on at a time when his side were protecting the lead and he made sure he put in a real shift for his team.

During the 26 minutes he was on the pitch, Galbraith had 20 touches of the ball and completed seven out of his nine passes (78%).

But it was his work out of possession which was impressive, Galbraith made four tackles, no player on either team made more, alongside one clearance and one interception (SofaScore).

He also created one chance and was fouled twice which was a joint-high for Richie Wellens’ side.

Galbraith in good company

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Galbraith wasn’t the only former Red in the Doncaster team, as well as being managed by Wellens, a former academy graduate himself, the midfielder was joined by Ro-Shaun Williams and Aidan Barlow.

Joseph Olowu who had a short spell on trial with United after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season partnered Williams at the back.

After making it back-to-back wins following their first league win of the season at the weekend, Galbraith and Doncaster will want to build on the momentum and climb off the bottom of the League One table.

Galbraith’s importance in the Doncaster team is growing and he is contributing to all aspects of their performances and that was highlighted once again last night.

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