Sam Mather shines in Manchester United u18 Super Cup NI win

Manchester United’s under-18 side beat Northern Ireland’s under-18s for the second time in a week at the Super Cup NI.

In the second of two exhibition matches, United followed up Monday’s hard-fought 3-2 win with a 3-1 victory this time around.

The second match was lighter work for the United side, going 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes, unlike the first game where they conceded two early goals.

United’s XI was: Harrison, Murray, Aljofree, Kingdon, Lawrence, Gore, Curley, Mather, Ennis, Williams, Norkett.

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Sam Mather shines

FA Youth Cup winner Sam Mather was the star as Manchester United eased to victory, and made it 6-3 on aggregate over the two legs.

Mather opened the scoring by curling in a free-kick from the edge of the box. He added a second a few minutes later.

The young playmaker also had a hat-trick in the second half when he saw shot goalbound efforts blocked.

Northern Ireland then pulled a goal back before striker Manni Norkett scored United’s third after an excellent through ball from right-back Marcus Lawrence.

New signing Elyh Harrison featured in goal for Manchester United. He was a summer addition from Stevenage.

Star man Mather is clearly a player to watch. He scored 10 goals at academy level last season and provided 13 assists, and is starting this season with a flourish.

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Under-16s draw 3-3

After winning two earlier games, Manchester United’s under-16s were held to a 3-3 draw by MK Dons.

Sekou Kaba, Finley McAllister, and James Scanlon were on the scoresheet for United.

Ethan Wheatley (2) and Adam Berry had scored United’s goals in the earlier 2-0 and 1-0 victories earlier this week.

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