Birmingham City defeated Manchester United three goals to one in First Division League soccer at Birmingham on Saturday (10 March).
Birmingham City defeated Manchester United three goals to one in First Division League soccer at Birmingham on Saturday (10 March). Birmingham dominated play for most of the match. The first goal came after half an hour when Bob Latohford scored his fifteenth goal of the season to make the half-time score one-nil.
In the second half, Bob Hatton headed the ball into the not from a free kick by Taylor after little more than an hour's play. Lou Macari gave United hope for a late rally when he scored in the 83rd minute. Young was fouled and Macari scored from Bobby Charlton's free kick. Birmingham clinched the deceive win in the last minute of play when Alan Campbell scored with a free kick in the penalty area. Trevor Francis had been fouled in front of the goal mouth. The win means Birmingham is for the present, safe from the threat of relegation to the League second division.
SYNOPSIS: Birmingham City, playing from right to left, had a convincing win over Manchester United at Birmingham on Saturday. Birmingham outplayed United for most of the game and scored three goals to United's one. The first goal for Birmingham came after half an hour when Bob Latohford netted his fifteenth goal of the season.
United went in to the second half one goal down. The defeat left them second from the bottom of the League table and for Birmingham, removed the threat of relegation to the second division. United's manager, Tommy Docherty is still hopeful that his team will not be relegated.
After little more than an hour of play, a penalty to Birmingham. Taylor took the free kick and Bob Hatton, a tall powerful player, headed the ball past a disorganised United defence. Hatton had an outstanding game in a Birmingham team which was skilful in attack and solid in defence.
Hope for a late rally by United came well into the second half. United was attacking from the right wing when Young was fouled.
The free kick was taken by " Charlton, and the ball went to Lou Macari who scored in the eight third minute. Birmingham's goal keeper, Dave Latohford had made three good saves in an effort by United to make up lost ground.
In the last minute of the match, Birmingham clinched the win after a penalty was awarded for a foul on Trevor Francis in front of the goal mouth.
Alan Campbell's kick from the penalty spot went straight to the net. The final score ... three, one for Birmingham.