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YOUTH: Manchester City 2 Town 2

23 August 2016

Youth team draw in friendly at the Etihad Campus.

Town: Rowley, Agbozo, Jones, Bonner, Sears, Hughes, Gallagher, McAtee, Higgs, Ofori, Barn

Subs: Gregory, Gilpin, Esien, Lovett, Hassell, Kerins, Rammell, Mwambwe

Shrewsbury Town's under 18s held Manchester City to a two all draw on Tuesday afternoon.

The kick off was delayed until 1pm after the Town minibus broke down in Whitchurch.

After arriving late, Town made a slow start and were 1-0 down within the opening 3 minutes when City's centre half rose highest to head home.

Things got worse for Shrewsbury 2 minutes later when Ryan Sears was dispossessed and Lorenzo Gonzalez fired home for the hosts.

Town could have been 3-0 down in the first 15 minutes as they struggled to get to grips with their opponents, but Gonzalez's shot was blocked by Sears.

Town finally managed to get a foot hold in the game and got a goal back before half time when John McAtee raced down the right before picking our Charley Higgs who tapped home from 6 yards.

There was some bad news for Town before the break when Ryan Sears went down under a challenge and was forced to be stretchered off with an ankle injury.

Half Time: 2-1

City almost restored their two goal cushion after the break when Gonzalez hit the post, but it was Town who looked the more dangerous.

John McAtee had shot well saved before Chris Gallagher's shot was blocked by a City defender.

Town began to make a host of substitutions and finally got the equaliser with 25 minutes to go.

McAtee surged down the left before pulling the ball across for substitute George Hassell to fire home.

Town could have won it with 5 minutes to go but Hassell's shot on the turn went just wide of the post.

And they had first team goalkeeper Shaun Rowley to thank late on when he made a good save to his left hand side.

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