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Match Preview: Manchester United U21s

4 December 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back at Prenton Park on Wednesday night when they host Manchester United U21s in the Trophy second-round, kick-off 7:45pm.

Micky Mellon’s men will be hoping to make it two wins on the spin after Morgan Ferrier’s hat-trick and Corey Blackett-Taylor’s double defeated Chichester City 5-1 in the Emirates FA Cup second-round on Sunday.

Focus now turns to another cup competition, as Neil Wood brings his young Red Devils to the Wirral.

Team news

Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller and Ollie Banks all remain out of action for the visit of Manchester United U21s.

Micky Mellon is expected to many a number of changes for this game from the team who played on Sunday against Chichester City.

One to Watch

Welsh youth international Dylan Levitt made his first-team debut in last Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture against Astana in Kazakhstan.

Levitt began his career in the youth system at Old Trafford, penning professional terms at the end of the 2018/19 season.

The 19-year-olkd is capped by Wales at U17, U19 and U21 level, and was called up to Ryan Giggs’ senior squad in May.


Come and watch Rovers against Manchester United’s U21s, with tickets just £5 for adults and £1 for children!  

The following stands are open: Bebington End Main Stand, Bebington Paddock, Town End Main Stand, Town Paddock, Cowshed Stand (away supporters).

The Gold and Platinum Lounge will also be open.

Prices are as follows: 

Adults: £5

Senior 65+: £5

Young Person 18-22: £5

Disabled: £5

U18: £1

U12: £1

Carer: FREE

*There will be a £3 increase on the day in store and on the gate, except for U12s. 

Gold Lounge: 

Adult: £10

U18: £6

Platinum Lounge: 

Adult: £25

U18: £11

U12: £11

Matchday Programme: 24-pages, £1.50.

To purchase your Tranmere Rovers vs Manchester United U21s match tickets, please CLICK HERE

Match Coverage

If you can’t make it to Prenton Park on Wednesday, the SWA can watch the game stream lived on iFollow if they sign-up for just £10!

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will provide uninterrupted coverage of our cup tie.

iFollow is the official streaming service of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, allowing the SWA to see live streaming of matches, audio match commentary and behind the scenes content while you can get closer to the Club by watching on any device and in any location around the globe.

Seventy per-cent of revenues from iFollow will go back into Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Exciting content will be coming to iFollow Tranmere throughout the 2019/20 term.

Alternatively, the SWA can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

Rovers will be competing in the knockout stage of the competition for the first time since its restructure. 

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 3-2 Manchester United U21s

4 December 2019

Corey Blackett-Taylor’s second-half goal ensured that Tranmere Rovers progressed to the Trophy third-round after beating Manchester United U21s 3-2 at Prenton Park on Wednesday night.

In a frantic first-half, Rovers scored twice through Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and captain Connor Jennings, either side of Tahith Chong’s double for the visitors.

Substitute Blackett-Taylor edged Rovers ahead nine minutes after the break with a first-time shot.

Ayodeji Sotona was sent off by referee Ross Joyce for pushing Sid Nelson during 15 minutes of added time.

Manager Micky Mellon made numerous changes to his starting line-up. Connor Jennings skippered a youthful side.

Rovers led inside 40 seconds of the tie through Hepburn-Murphy, who finished off a well-worked solo move to hit a right-footed low past goalkeeper Matej Kovar from inside the penalty area.

But United hit back after nine minutes of action, when midfielder Chong drove beyond Luke Pilling from 25-yards which found the bottom right-corner.

Up the other end, Hepburn-Murphy and Maddox both had speculative attempts at goal which did not trouble Czech Republic youth international Kovar.

Kovar was called into action shortly later by parrying away Jennings from long-range.

Neil Wood’s young Red Devils were ahead on the half-hour, courtesy of Chong netting his second as he guided his left-footed effort past Pilling and into the bottom right-corner, after holding off Nelson’s challenge on the edge of the box.  

Tranmere levelled after 40 minutes on the clock after Jennings volleyed from inside the box.

Rovers’ second-half began worryingly when goal scorer Hepburn-Murphy was taken off on a stretcher. Blackett-Taylor replaced the man on loan from Aston Villa.

And Blackett-Taylor made an immediate impact to put the hosts back in the driving seat.

Full-back Kane Wilson sent a neat pull-back to the feet of Blackett-Taylor, who was on hand to convert through a crowd of players and underneath Kovar to nestle into the bottom right-corner.

Attacking the Argyle Satellite Taxis Kop, Rovers looked to push their advantage, but Maddox’s free-kick just missed the head of George Ray.

As the final 25-minutes approached, Mellon looked to utilise experience to bring on midfielder Neil Danns, who replaced Carl Spellman.

Chasing a leveller, captain Angel Gomes curled his free-kick from the ‘D’ just over the crossbar.

There was a long stoppage in play as United’s Reece Devine was stretchered off with a head injury.

Netherlands U21 starlet Chong was causing TRFC’s defence issues, seeing a strike across goal turned behind for a corner.

From the resulting corner, D’Mani Mellor glanced a header just wide and into the side-netting.

Danny Walker-Rice fired a 20-yarder across the turf, which was deflected behind for a corner, as Tranmere aimed for a fourth.

Rovers had to withstand heavy pressure and 15 minutes of injury-time while Sotona was dismissed for United for pushing Nelson. 

Tranmere are back at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon. Accrington Stanley visit the Wirral for a Sky Bet League One fixture, 3pm kick-off.

TRFC: Pilling, Woods (Ridehalgh 90+6) Nelson, Ray, Wilson, Maddox, Spellman (Danns 63), Walker-Rice, Jennings ©, Payne, Hepburn-Murphy (Blackett-Taylor 47)

Subs not used: Passant, Morris, Mullin, Ferrier

Attendance: 632

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