A James McAtee strike proved to be the distinction as Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad beat Derby County 1-0 within the Premier League 2
It was a detailed contest on the Academy Stadium, however the three factors see Brian Barry Murphy’s aspect return to the highest of the Premier League 2 desk. 
The first half produced a really tight and cagey affair, with each groups attempting to win the ball excessive up the pitch. 
But it was City who opened the scoring, with Oscar Bobb producing some beautiful footwork to present him some house down the proper. After attending to the byline, he reduce and McAtee was there to complete strongly previous the Derby keeper. 
The remainder of the half produced only a few probabilities, with the away aspect making use of numerous strain on the City defence. 
But we continued to carry agency, with solely Luke Plange’s tame header coming off the put up being the one actual probability the guests created throughout the first interval.  
The second half produced only a few probabilities for each side, as some glorious defending denied many clear-cut alternatives. 
McAtee was performed by way of on the edge of the realm, and the midfielder tried to dink the ball previous Derby keeper Harrison Foulkes, however the stopper managed to palm it away. 
The Rams saved coming ahead, attempting to unlock our defensive ranks, however we held agency to say the three factors.  
Mikki Van Sas returned between the sticks, with Kwaku Oduroh, Finley Burns, captain Luke Mbete and Shea Charles offering the defensive cowl. 
Romeo Lavia sat deep in a midfield two alongside Nico O’Reilly with Sam Edozie, James McAtee and Oscar Bobb enjoying in additional attacking positions, supporting striker Tai Sodje. 
The outcome sees the EDS return to the highest of the Premier League 2 with our unbeaten file nonetheless intact. 
We are actually one level above Arsenal. 
The EDS now get two weeks off, returning to motion with a house sport towards Leicester City in Premier League 2. 
Kick-off on the Academy Stadium might be 3:00pm (UK) on Saturday sixteenth October. 

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