Manchester City showed again why they are now dominating Mancunian youth football with a double over Manchester United at youth level today.
The under-18s thrashed United 4-1 at the City Football Academy despite falling behind to a goal by former Feyenoord youngster Tahith Chong in the 5th minute.
It took only two minutes for City to respond with the exciting Keke Simmonds finding the net from close range, and he almost added a second minutes later after good work from Nabil Touaizi.
Both teams had chances to go ahead, but it was City who took the lead in the 28th minute when Tommy Doyle, the highly-rated grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, played a great pass for Colin Rosler, son of another City hero Uwe Rosler, to head home.
City missed two good chances before United won a penalty, but Angel Gomes, a youngster tipped for great things, fired his shot over the bar.
City punished United for that miss two minutes later when Simmonds scored his second of the game, a lovely solo goal capped off with a shot into the bottom left corner.
A less eventful second half saw just the one goal, as captain Eric Garcia, signed from Barcelona in the summer and considered one of La Masia’s greatest defensive talents in years, headed home to give the under-18s a comfortable 4-1 win.
There were also goals galore in today’s under-16s derby, with City beating United 5-3 at the CFA.
Meanwhile, the under-23s are in action against Tottenham today with both Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz starting after their first team involvement during the week against Feyenoord.
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