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REPORT: Port Vale v Manchester United X1

30 July 2016

Match report from Vale Park

Attendance 2,444 including 248 visiting supporters
At Vale Park
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 30th July 2016
Port Vale v Manchester United X1


score, albeit against a young and inexperienced Manchester United side.couldVale’s recent pre-season goal drought came to an end as Vale showed they

In fairness, the visors showed their footballing pedigree at times, but Vale were too good for them on the day and will have gained confidence from the result and the performance.

Both sides played nice passing football in the early stages of the game, with Vale trying to get the ball forward early to pose a threat in front of goal.

Vale were once again looking solid at the back and the work put in on the training ground to the defensive shape was quite apparent.

minute, or to be more precise, the visitors found the net on Vale’s behalf.thVale finally found the net in their fourth home friendly in the 16

GOAL:.Sean GossVale won themselves a corner kick on the right and there was some confusion when the ball trickled over the line for the opener – it had come off the head of United defender

minute when Nathan Smith got up well to meet a left wing corner with a firm header, but it was blocked on the line by a United defender.thVale went close to another goal in the 29

GOAL: was able to stab the ball home from close range.Sadiq El-FitouriThe visitors levelled the scored a minute later when Vale, looking unusually disorganised at the back, allowed the ball to be knocked about inside the six-yard box and

Chris Mbamba went close to putting Vale back in front when he cut in from the right to fire the ball low towards the far pot, but the shot lacked power and the visitors were able to knock the ball out for a corner kick.

GOAL: duly obliged, hitting the penalty low to the ‘keeper’s right.RIGINO CICILAVale were presented with the perfect opportunity to go in front when they were awarded a spot kick right on the stroke of half time for handball inside the box.

Vale made two changes at the start of the second half. Jamar Loza came on as a trialist, as his signing had not been completed and he was joined by Remie Streete. They replaced Calvin MacIntisch and Chris Mbamba.

GOAL, who met a right wing cross by Ben Purkiss at the far post to plant a firm header into the net.SAM FOLEY minute Loza was involved in the build-up to Vale’s third goal, scored by nd: In the 52

The visitors almost pulled a goal back when James Weir was allowed to take the ball 35 vyards into the box, but his low angled shot drifted wide of the far post.

GOAL: was on hand to hammer the ball into the net.RIGINO CICILIAVale hit their fourth goal on the hour when a shot from Quentin Pereira was too fierce for Henderson in the visitors’ goal. He could only palm it out and

Three minutes later Cicilia was taken off for a deserved rest, giving Anton Forrester a chance to impress the manager, a week before the start of the season.

minute when Omar Haughton came off the bench to take the place of Sam Foley.ndVale made a further change in the 72

Bruno Ribeiro made a further two changes, with the French midfield pair, Anthony feFreitas and Quentin Pereira coming off, and Nathan Ferguson and Billy Reeves coming off the bench.

GOAL: was pushed in the back by Streete and the United substitute sent Alnwick the wrong way from penalty spot.Demitri Mitchell minute when th the 84 The goalscoring hadn’t finished and United managed to pull one back in


PORT VALE:Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Kjell Knops, Calvin MacIntosch, Regina Cecilia, Sam Foley, Chris Mbamba, Quentin Pereira, Nathan Smith, Anthony de Freitas, Anthony Grant. SUBS: Remie Streete, Sam Kelly, Paulo Tavares, Nathan Ferguson, Anton Forrester, Dan Turner, Omar Haughton, Ryan Lloyd, Ryan Boot, Sebastien Amoros, Billy Reeves, James Gibbons, Carlos Saleiro, Jamar Loza.

MANCHESTER UNITED X1 Devonte Redmond, Keiran O’Hara, Tosin Kehinde, Matthew Olosunde, Demitri MitchellSUBS:: Dean Henderson, Joe Riley, Axel Tuanzebe, Donald Lowe, Tyler Blackett, Sean Goss, Sadiq El-Fitouri, Regan Poole, Matthew Willock, Josh Harrop, James Weir.


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