May 9, 2021

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Under 23s match report: Derby 2 Man Utd 6

Watched by a group of hardy college students, or should it be reckless, on a night like this, high up on a grassy mound along the pitch, this match was already providing great entertainment, but it was only a foretaste of what was to come. Derby showed they had recovered from the early blow when, in the 31st minute, Cameron Cresswell propelled his side into the lead by finding the top corner of the net from outside the box. United’s Under-23s have featured in several landmark fixtures over the season and it has threatened to turn into another. Two minutes later, United were tied after a four-way move that saw Ethan Galbraith score his third goal of the season and the first in open play with his previous two arriving via the penalty spot. The Northern Ireland international rocked in a fierce run after Charlie McCann mishandled a great pass from Mark Helm. It’s fair to say that United would have been happy enough to enter the break after returning to the same level. But, with six minutes of the first half to go, Shoretire scored United’s third home goal after Rams goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy stopped but failed to hold back the shot. Elanga from a quick breakaway, which also involved Omari Forson. And there was still time for Forson to mark his Under-23 debut with a confident finish after the 16-year-old was played by Shoretire.