United reserves leave it Laet

27 July 2009 09:59
UNITED Reserves put in a terrific second half fightback to force a deserved 1-1 draw against Norwich City's full senior side at Carrow Road. The League One side enjoyed almost total control of the game before the break, but United's marked improvement after the restart had the Canaries defending in numbers. Norwich took the lead, in the 21st minute, following a spell of pressure. United failed to clear their lines and the ball ran to Tom Adeyemi, who hit an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area. United were given the chance to draw level, in the 35th minute, after Canaries' skipper Gary Doherty fouled Cameron Stewart in the penalty area, but keeper Ben Alnwick did well to save Sam Hewson's spot-kick. Stewart went within inches of finding the net and David Gray hit a stinging shot which struck the angle of post and bar. However, United's fine second-half performance was rewarded five minutes from time when defender Ritchie De Laet joined the attack to slot home a well-worked equaliser. UNITED: Heaton, Gray, De Laet, Chester (Gill 46 (Wootton 86), Cathcart, C Evans, Eikrem, Hewson (Norwood 46), Stewart (Dudgeon 76), Cleverley, Simpson Subs not used: Zieler, Moffatt, Ajose. Attendance: 13,381

Source: Manchester_EveningNews

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