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Saturday 20 December 2014

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Winning strike: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is congratulated after scoring what turned out to be Manchester United's winner
Winning strike: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is congratulated after scoring what turned out to be Manchester United's winner

The Class of 2014 became the fifth Manchester United side to win the Dale Farm Milk Cup. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, United won the Premier Section by beating French club Vendee, thanks to a Cameron Borthwick-Jackson header mid-way through the second half.

Vendee showed their strong defensive capabilities, but United dominated and deserved the win.

Northern Irish midfielder Jordan Thompson won the tournament's Premier Player of the Tournament award, due to his displays throughout the week.

The first genuine chance of the match fell to the feet of Vendee's Arnaud Baron in the 15th minute, after a smart ball in from the right-flank. Unfortunately for him his side footed effort ballooned over Dean Henderson's crossbar.

Demi Mitchell almost gave United the lead in the 18th minute with a wicked free-kick. His 20-yard effort cannoned off Benamin Lelievre's crossbar.

Lelievre was called into action on the half hour mark when Ogochukwu cut in from the left and fired a shot towards goal, which the Vendee 'keeper held.

Another Mitchell free-kick gave Vendee a scare two minutes into the second. His 25-yard effort was pushed away by the outstretched Lelievre.

Zach Dearnley had a great chance to give United the lead in the 47th minute. His quick footwork allowed him to skip through the defence and find a pocket of space inside the area, but his 10 yard effort hit the side netting.

Amory Geoffrit had a half chance in in the 48th minute. He cut inside from the left flank and sent a curling shot towards goal, but it floated past the far post.

Francois Girard almost scored in the 54th minute. His audacious chip from 15 yards had Henderson beaten, but the Vendee striker's effort landed on the roof of the United net.

United broke the deadlock in the 56th minute through Borthwick-Jackson. Mitchell performed some magic on the right-flank before sending over the perfect cross, which Borthwick-Jackson headed home from close range at the back post.

While Vendee had worked hard to keep United out, there was no doubt that they deserved their lead.

Pierre Durand had a chance to equalise with just two minutes left on the clock. The Vendee striker hit a sweet 20-yard free-kick, but it was easily held by Henderson who showed a clean pair of hands all night.

The last action of the match saw Glengormley lad Thompson drill the ball into the side netting.

Vendee: Lelievre, Mithra, Allemand, Chouiah, Durousseau, Girard, Durand (Martin 62 mins), Baron (Davenet, 62 mins), Geoffrit (Musseau, 52 mins), Robin, Pinon (Tran, 42 mins). Subs: Teillet, Migne.

Manchester United: Henderson, Reid (Scott, 43 mins), Borthwick-Jackson, Williams, Tuanzebe, Dearnley, Thompson, Gribben, Mitchell (Warren, 65 mins), Borg, Obi (Rashford, 52 mins). Subs: Warren, Dorrington, Johnston, Byrne.

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