Manchester United Youth Academy's visit to Scotland was a good one from their point of view as a solidary goal from Adilson Angel Gomes was enough to beat St Johnstone's Youth Academy in front of over a thousand fans at McDiarmid Park.
The English heavyweights began better and won a penalty after less than sixty seconds. A dazzling run by Gomes enticed the St Johnstone defenders and when a mistimed tackle was made, the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Ben McKenzie the St Johnstone goalkeeper made an instant impact on the game. Gomes took the penalty for the visitors but the keeper dived low to his right to keep the score line level.
St Johnstone replied when Cameron Lumsden made room down the right wing and whipped in a cross. Sean Struthers dummied the ball but Jake Barrett was not going to be tricked and cleared it for the Red Devils. United again were under pressure as Oliver Byrne pulled out a great stop from Paul Simpson after he was played in by Jamie Docherty.
United took the lead on 31 minutes as Gomes and Faustin Makela worked together to create space for a cross which found Callum Whelan on the penalty spot. His shot was cleared off the line by a sliding Lumsden but the clearance only found Gomes. He calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner and left the keeper a spectator. The hosts almost replied immediately with Docherty twice being denied by the Manchester United defence.
St Johnstone continued to try and break down the United defence and Struthers had the best chance for the Saints to equalise before half time as he fired over the bar after good work by Docherty to win the ball back and play him through. Manchester United were extremely unlucky not to double their lead as the Saints goalkeeper again came to the rescue as he made a point blank stop to deny Kayne Diedrick-Roberts. He got the better of the defender but his shot was stopped and the lead stayed at the single goal.