U18s: Bolton 0-2 Manchester United

David Lee’s side slip to defeat against Red Devils

Despite putting in a dominant performance, Wanderers were unfortunate to suffer defeat against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

The young Whites started well and controlled possession for the majority of the match without making a breakthrough.

United soon made Bolton rue their missed opportunities as they took the lead against the run of play courtesy of a cruel deflection.

Tyler Garratt and Jamie Thomas both had chances to level for the Trotters as they continued to press in their efforts to find an equaliser.

Using all three substitutions in the final ten minutes in a bold bid to find a leveller, Wanderers were caught short at the back in stoppage time as the visitors notched their second to seal the points.

Speaking after the final whistle, Wanderers head coach David Lee said: "It was an excellent performance from both the team and our individual players.

"We pressed the opponents, gaining and retaining possession for long periods of play. We created some great phases of play, resulting in numerous goal-scoring opportunities. 

"The first goal we conceded was cruel on the team. I was pleased with how we responded to falling behind as we continued to dominate possession throughout."

Lee continued: "We gambled in the last five minutes and unfortunately they scored their second in injury time as a result.

"Overall we competed well with Manchester United and more than matched them. I was really pleased with our good play and in truth we deserved more from the game."

Bolton: Dorrington, Spooner, Wassi, Perry, Phillips, Kennedy (McKenna 80), Palmer (Pearson 85), Nolan, Garratt, Thomas, Cvetko (White 85).

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