SKELMERSDALE UNITED Youth teams had a mixed weekend this Sunday, the Under-17s winning 8-0 at home to bottom of the league Wigan Cosmos, and the Under-18s falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to Macclesfield Town.
The Under-17s got off to a flying start, with Simon Sandys slotting past the approaching goalkeeper in the first minute, he promptly doubled his tally four minutes later, finishing off a great run from Shaun Brady. United were much the dominant side and it didn't take long for the third goal to come, some good build up play from Josh Briar and Alex Hallwood resulted in Hallwood getting his fifth goal of the season.
Shaun Brady managed a hat-trick within the space of 15 minutes, all three goals being of real quality from the leading scorer who takes his tally up to 15 for the season.
The second half saw changes from both sides. Clayton Asprey looked very lively for United but it was Joe Gregson who netted Skem’s seventh of the afternoon with a great volley from the edge of the box into the top left hand corner of the net.
Josh Coulson came on for his debut in the last 15 minutes and made an immediate impact with a great strike beating the goalkeeper and nestling into the bottom corner.
A great result which takes United’s youngsters into second place behind leaders Penlake.
Man of the match was Shaun Brady.
Skelmersdale United's Under-17s’ next game is away to Penlake Youth in the quarter final of the league cup.
The Under-18s could count themselves a little unfortunate this weekend missing key players, Joe Nicholson and Brandon Gaskell, they still managed to put in a good performance against Macclesfield Town. Adam Weston scored a deft header past the oncoming goalkeeper, United also missed a penalty.
Plenty of positives for Paul Nicholson’s Under 18's though, especially with key players moving up to the first team on a regular basis this season.
The Under-18s are at home this coming Sunday, 2pm kick off at the West Lancashire College stadium, entry to the youth games is free, the bar is open and refreshments available.