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YOUTH: United 3 - 2 Wrexham

25 April 2017

Match report from Friday's youth victory

United’s Youth Team made it back-to-back wins thanks to a hard-fought victory over Wrexham.

Jaic Miller opened the scoring after only two minutes and Sam Adewusi added a second before the visitors pulled one back.

Luke Lloyd then netted a third before the break and, while Wrexham reduced the deficit through a second half penalty, the Blues held on to claim the win.

Fresh off the back of a resounding win over Morecambe in their last outing, Darren Edmondson’s side entered the game full of confidence.

And that confidence shone through in the early stages as the Cumbrians took the lead with the first attack of the game.

Adewusi strode forward and found Kieren Olsen on the right, with the full-back’s cross taken down and rifled home by Miller.

It was all Carlisle in the early stages with Lloyd seeing a shot on the turn well saved before Adewusi and Jordan Holt both saw headers go narrowly wide.

A second did come after 18 minutes, with the lively Adewusi steering home a header from Jack Egan’s looping cross.

Max Cowburn came agonisingly close to adding a third as his powerful effort struck the crossbar, but it was the visitors who netted next as they managed to force the ball home after a corner was headed back across goal.

But the two-goal cushion was quickly restored through Lloyd, who fired home from close range on 35 minutes after Miller had pulled the ball back into the area.

It was the Blues who dominated the early stages of the second half too, with Holt muscling his way into the area before seeing his shot parried, with Lloyd and Miller having follow-up attempts blocked.

The visitors found a way back into the game with just over 20 minutes remaining - Morgan Bacon was adjudged to have unfairly challenged the visitors’ striker in the area with the stopper unable to keep out the resultant penalty.

There were chances for Carlisle to extend their lead in the final stages with Holt seeing a powerful effort from the edge of the area clip the bar before Rhys Groves had a header hacked off the line.

Bacon had to make one fine save in the dying minutes as he reacted well to keep out a shot on the turn, but United held out to secure a well-earned three points.

United: Bacon, Goldthorpe, Olsen, Brockbank, Groves, Miller (Watson 70), Adewusi (Dixon 83), Holt, Egan (Papa 75), Cowburn, Lloyd (Hall 70). Sub: Ashton

Goals: Miller (2), Adewusi (18), Lloyd (35)

Next up: United v Preston, Tuesday 25 April, Creighton Rugby Club, kick off 1pm

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