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Yeovil find a Way back to beat Manchester United

By This is Bath  |  Posted: July 25, 2010

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Yeovil Town 3 Manchester United 2

Darren Way's fighting attitude was epitomised by Yeovil Town, as they battled back from one-down to score three goals in five minutes against Manchester United.

A young United side travelled to Huish Park for the Glovers technical coach's benefit match, after his playing career was ended by injuries sustained in a car crash.

Rodrigo Possebon had given United the lead in the first half, only for Yeovil to respond with strikes from Jean Paul Kalala, Sam Williams and Adam Virgo in the opening five minutes of the second half.

Robert Brady's late goal gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's visitors hope, but proved too little too late.

Glovers' manager Terry Skiverton said: "I was very pleased with the performance. United could have run away with it in the first half with three or four one-versus-ones.

"This was a really high-quality game and I was really pleased with our second-half showing, which was magnificent."

With both Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh missing through injury, Arsenal loanee Luke Freeman was on the left wing for Yeovil, with Nathan Jones in the full-back position.

Despite Yeovil edging play early on and United struggling in the final third, it was the young visitors who broke the deadlock on 32 minutes.

Cameron Stewart linked well with Joshua King in the box for the striker to roll the ball to Possebon in a central position. The highly-rated Brazilian capped a silky move by burying the ball past John Sullivan with his first touch.

Within seconds of the restart, the Glovers were back on level terms in spectacular fashion. Kalala's rasping 20-yard drive with the outside of his boot swerved in the air, giving United keeper Connor Devlin little chance.

One soon became two as the away team had a nightmare dealing with Andy Williams' cross from a corner routine. Oliver Gill failed to clear the delivery and Sam Williams pounced to stab home the knock-down.

Substitute Virgo completed a memorable five minutes for the Glovers as they made it 3-1.

Bowditch's cheeky shot was well-saved by Devlin, who palmed behind for a corner. Andy Williams picked out Stefan Stam at the far post and he headed back across goal for Virgo to nod beyond Devlin.

Substitute Brady set up a tense finale, lashing the ball past Sullivan after the keeper had athletically palmed the ball away for a corner.

However, it was fitting that Yeovil should hang on for the win, with both Way and Skiverton making late cameo appearances.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Sullivan; Alcock (Hutchins, 75), Stam (Guyett, 75), Huntington (Virgo, 45), Jones (Way, 89); A. Williams (Gibson, 75), Ayling (McAllister, 75), Kalala (Upson, 75), Freeman (Skiverton, 87); Bowditch (Matthews, 75), S. Williams (Calver, 75).

Unused sub: Martin.

Manchester United (4-4-2): Devlin; Chester, Cathcart, Gill, Dudgeon; Stewart (Ajose, 71), Possebon (Brady, 46. Lingard, 83), Eikrem, Norwood (Tunnicliffe, 64); King, Morrison.

Unused subs: Fryers, Johnstone.

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