Man City into Dallas Semis, plus midweek round-up

8 04 2009

nimelydallasManchester City are certainly loving their first foray into the Dallas Cup. Three games, three wins, a Semi Final berth, and starring roles for three of their entries into the current prospect list. Thursday say Robbie Mak and Alex Nimely continue their fine form with two goals apiece against Toronto FC. Elsewhere a number of other prospects have been in action too, and we cover them here.

Having sent AC Milan packing before battling back to beat Tigres, City went in with a good chance of Semi Final place, but left nobody in any doubt about their credentials with a stunning performance at Pizza Hut Park. Kieran Trippier was the best player on the park but the plaudits went to their deadly strike duo. Mak opened the scoring with a fine solo goal and laid the second on a plate for Liberian partner Nimely. He added a lovely curling third and Nimely wrapped the win up late, leaving a potential tie against Sao Paulo or Eintracht Frankfurt. The club’s official site has more on the match and the competition in general for your reading interest.

As ever, it’s been a busy week of European, Reserve and Football League action, and prospects have featured across the board. After Sunday’s heroics, Federico Macheda was named as a substitute again for Manchester United, but was left on the bench as the Red Devils laboured to a 2-2 draw against FC Porto, leaving their chances of progression to the Semi Finals less than favourable. Team-mate Daniel Welbeck was not part of the matchday squad, making way for the returning Wayne Rooney.

In the Championship, Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan started for Derby but was on the wrong side of a 4-1 hiding from promotion hopefuls Cardiff City. The Scotland Under-21 international was substituted after 64 minutes. After starting on Saturday, Jake Thomson was nowhere to be seen for Southampton in their 2-2 draw at Watford. League One once again saw Manchester United’s Sam Hewson missing injured for Hereford, but Jordan Spence was part of the Leyton Orient team which recovered from two goals down to draw at home to Leeds United.

In Reserve football, Chelsea’s Jeffrey Bruma and Patrick van Aanholt put in good performances and Jacob Mellis was a late sub as the Blues lost 2-1 to a late Michael Uwezu goal for Fulham. Jose Baxter played 90 minutes up front for Everton’s Reserves as a 0-0 draw at Sunderland denied the Wearsiders the Reserve League North title, whilst Jason Steele watched from the bench as Richie Smallwood and Middlesbrough’s reserves were denied a win by a late Bolton equaliser.

Finally, Gauthier Mahoto played 77 minutes and Gael N’Lundulu the entire game for Portsmouth’s second eleven in a 3-0 win over West Brom. Tom Kilbey scored a hat-trick in a game where set-piece maestro Mahoto provided one from a corner and hit the crossbar with a free kick before being withdrawn with the game in the bag.

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