SALFORD CITY have qualified for the Manchester Premier Cup Quarter Finals after a 2-0 victory against Irlam at Moor Lane.
Mark Shelton scored a fantastic free kick after Mani Dieseruvwe had given Salford the lead in the closing 20 minutes of the game.
A high tempo start from the visitors left an Ammies side containing three Academy players unsettled for the opening 15 minutes or so.
However in front of a crowd of over 500, Salford grew into the game and claimed a “deserved” win according to First Team Coach, Derek Egan:
“I thought Irlam came with loads of enthusiasm, energy, but I thought they might run out of energy after 25-30 minutes and obviously the high tempo they started with started to wane as we came into the game.
“Shelts’ goal was a bit special the way it dipped and that, and Mani [Dieseruvwe] looked lively all night; his work rate was good, getting into the box, and he got his reward in the end.”
Next round, next generation
Six Academy players were also given a chance in the first team as a reward for their strong starts to the season, and attracted praise from Egan.
“I said to them before they went out, they don’t have to prove anything here.
“We know they’re good players, so do the simple things, do the hard things when they’ve got to, and I thought they did really well.”
Assistant Head of Academy Lewis Craig added:
“Its’ great that Bern and Jonno are trying to integrate the lads with the first team, getting them game time in the Manchester Premier Cup, and I don’t think any of the lads involved have done themselves any injustice.
“The first team lads were great with them in terms of helping them through the game, talking to them, making them feel really comfortable in that environment which is really good for them.
“Some of them have surpassed under-17s football, physically they can handle going out on loan, so it might be better for them to go and struggle at that level a little bit and get to grips with it.
“The earlier do the quicker they could make that transition from that level of football to men’s professional football.”
The draw for the next round will take place after the final fixtures of the round, with the Quarter Finals scheduled to be played in the week commencing 6th November.