Manchester United began the defence of the Milk Cup with an emphatic 11-0 win against Gold Coast academy from Australia in the opening game of the Premier section of the Dale Farm Milk Cup played at Coleraine Showgrounds.
United were on top from the opening minutes as an impressive run by Jordan Thompson ended with his left footed strike hitting the bar. The let off was short-lived for Gold Coast academy as soon after Demetri Mitchell was brought down on the touch-line and from the resulting free kick Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as his free kick found the far top corner over the keepers head. 1-0 soon became two as trialist Ogo Obi took a good touch before drilling the ball into the roof of the net.
Gold Coast were really struggling to deal with United’s movement at this point and after Mitchells fine run down the left ended with his shot being parried by the keeper Obi was on hand to sweep home the rebound from close range. The United midfield of local boy Jordan Thompson and Callum Gribbin were pulling the strings for United with Charlie Scott sitting deeper and mopping up any loose balls. It was United’s youngest player Gribbin who created the fourth when he lifted a ball over the back line for the ever dangerous Marcus Rashford to latch onto and score his 2nd of the game after 21 minutes.
United continued to push forward-looking for more goals with both Mitchell and Scott going close with left footed efforts before Gribbin was again the provider as his through ball found Mitchell who expertly rounded the keeper and slotted home to make the score 5-0 before half time with Gold Coasts only attempts of the first half coming from a couple of corners.
With United well in control at this stage Paul McGuinness took his opportunity to make 4 changes at half time with Byrne, Warren, Borthwick-Jackson and Johnson replacing Henderson, Williams Reid and Gribbin. The changes made little difference to the flow of the game as Mitchell controlled a long ball from Borthwick-Jackson before cutting in from the wing and impudently chipping the ball over the on rushing keeper.
It was quickly becoming the Demetri Mitchell show and it was no surprise to see him complete his hat trick as he latched onto another ball over the top from Borthwick Jackson and smashed the ball confidently past the keeper. In the aftermath of the goal United made another substitution with Dearnley replacing the impressive Rashford. Dearnley made an instant impact as his run down the right-wing and cross to the back post was met by Mitchell to score his fourth and United’s eighth of the game.
Dearnley was impressive with his pace and dribbling after coming on and was in the right place at the right time to claim a goal himself following a fine run and cross from Thompson. By now United were creating chances at will and following a fine run and lay off from Obi Johnson beat a couple of challenges in the box before finishing low into the corner. The last goal brought the biggest cheer of the night as Northern Irish under age international got the goal his performance deserved finishing low following a really impressive run.
The final score of 11-0 didn’t even flatter United who were on a completely different level to their opponents from Australia and could have actually scored on a few more occasions. United will look to continue their impressive start as the face County Armagh in Tuesday’s game before playing CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Manchester United: Henderson (Byrne 35′); Reid (Warren 35′), Williams (Borthwick-Jackson 35′), Tuanzebe; Thompson, Scott, Gribben (Johnson 35′), Rashford (Dearnley 47′), Borg; Mitchell, Obi