Dunston UTS FC vs Middlesbrough Under 23's Match report
Dunston came out on top in a 2-1 win over Middlebrough under 23’s. In a good run out for both sides, the hosts showed their physical superiority against a youthful Boro side.
Michael Pearson opened the scoring for Dunston on 21 minutes, a superb effort nestled into the top corner, with bodies around him, Middlesbrough failed to remove the danger, following a concerted spell of pressure.
Dunston had controlled the first half, dictating the tempo of the game, winning first and second balls and looking a threat down the channels. Dunston’s defence had remained solid and had kept Boro’s efforts on goal to a minimum
The hosts extended their lead 6 minutes after the re-start. Some nifty footwork down the wing by Luke Porritt, his low cross fired across goal and with the keeper only able to parry the ball into the path of Dan Capewell, the defender was presented with a simple tap in from close range.
Capewell could’ve grabbed a second moment’s later, confusion amongst the young Boro defence, Capey’s effort flashing his effort agonisingly wide of the upright.
Middlesbrough came into the game more during the second half; Parrell Willis pulling one back for the visitors on 63 minutes.
Within minutes Dunston were on the attack, Mark Fitzpatrick was pushed in the back and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. The forward stepped up only to fire his spot kick narrowly wide of the post.
It was a good test for both sides, but Dunston were good value for the win as the match finished 2-1.
Hartlepool United are the visitors to The UTS Stadium on Friday night for Dunston's final home game of pre-season.
match photography courtesy of Beauty Time photography