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Monday 20 May 2013

Barclays U21s: United triumph after fightback

Larnell Cole scores twice as Man Utd win Barclays U21 Premier League title at Old Trafford

  • Spurs celebrated Alex Pritchard opening the scoring at Old Trafford

  • Larnell Cole levelled the scores at 2-2 for Manchester United

  • Cole scored the winner with only two minutes remaining at Old Trafford

  • United's Tom Thorpe was the first captain to lift the Barclays Under-21 Premier League trophy

Manchester United came from 2-0 down to win the final of the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Spurs had been the favourites, having won their two groups in progressing to the final, and looked to be justifying the tag when they went two up in the first half. Jonathan Obika opened the scoring on 29 minutes with his fifth goal past United this season. Alex Pritchard knocked down the ball in a challenge with Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos and Obika pounced to sweep in his 18th goal of the competition.

Obika was also involved in Spurs’ second goal, just before half-time, intercepting the ball and passing to Pritchard to score.

United found a way back on 59 minutes when Marnick Vermijl overlapped down the right and cut inside to shoot into the far corner. Fifteen minutes later the scores were level. Larnell Cole, whose hat-trick steered United past Liverpool in the semi-final, rounded Jordan Archer in the Spurs goal to equalise after a United counter-attack.

Kenneth McEvoy almost grabbed a third for Spurs but, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Cole scored the winner, beating Archer from close range.

Manchester United: Amos; Vermijl, Thorpe, M Keane, James; Cole, Ekangamene, Pearson (sub: Lawrence 56), Tunnicliffe, Lingard; Januzaj. Subs not used: Sutherland, Wilson, A.Pereira, Grimshaw.

Tottenham Hotspur: Archer; Fredericks, Hall, Veljkovic, Fryers; Bentaleb, Carroll, Pritchard (sub: McEvoy, 64); Obika, Kane, Ceballos. Subs not used: Barthram, Miles, Gallifuoco, Stewart.

Download full results click here

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You can follow developments in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Manchester United beat Spurs 3-2 in the final of Barclays U21 Premier League
  • United recover from 2-0 at half-time to win the inaugural competition
  • Larnell Cole is United's hero with two goals, including the winner in the 88th minute

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