Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Milk Cup: Red hot Manchester United are on easy street as they stroll into final

Glengormley lad Jordan Thompson was man of the match for Manchester United in the Premier final

Manchester United booked their placed in the Dale Farm Milk Cup Premier final with a hugely impressive victory over Scottish side Partick Thistle.

United won 4-0 thanks to goals from Ogochukwi Obi, Demi Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Northern Irish lad Jordan Thompson.

United will play the tournaments surprise package Vendee in tonight's final at the Ballymena Showgrounds (8.15pm). The French side shocked Russian giants CSKA Moscow with a 1-0 win in their semi-final, with Arthur Durousseau grabbing the goal.

Vendee coach Fredeic Pequin said: "We are very pleased with our performances and we are delighted to make the final.

"We have had a fantastic time as everyone has been very friendly. This is the only youth tournament we go to each year as it is of a high quality."

United recorded a relatively comfortable win, but Kevin Nisbet had a chance to put Thistle into the lead in the 20th minute when he connected with a James Penrice corner. Unfortunately for Nisbet his shot dipped over the bar after he failed to make proper contact with it.

Obi gave United the lead in the 23rd minute. Mitchell caused Partick all sorts of problems in the box before laying it off to Obi, whose weak shot wrong-footed Matthew Kerr in the Thistle goal.

Thistle almost equalised on the half hour mark when Michael McMullan headed James Penrice's corner towards goal, but United keeper George Donnigton pushed it over the bar.

Thompson had a chance five minutes into the second half when he drilled a low shot just past the post. A minute later the Glengormley lad made space for himself in the box with a nice touch, but again failed to find the target.

The second goal arrived in the 48th minute in rather scrappy fashion. Borthwich-Jackson headed home from 10 yards after he anticipated a sliced clearance from a Thistle defender. That essentially killed the game as a contest. By this stage United's five man midfield were dominating proceedings and the Glasgow club were seeing little of the ball.

Mitchell added the third goal of the night and his sixth of the tournament in 62nd minute. He displayed a lovely touch before skipping past a defender and placing the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Thompson scored the fourth with practically the last kick of the match. The Northern Ireland under-17 international hit a sweet low shot from 25 yards that Kerr could do nothing to stop.

While United will go into the final as favourites, Vendee should not be underestimated.

The French side have proved themselves to be worthy finalists by defeating quality opponents on the way to the final.

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