Dynamic duo excite Macca

REDDITCH United boss Liam McDonald hailed the impact of young guns Jermaine Hylton and Umit Eminoglu.

Former Aston Villa youth team star Eminoglu bagged a brace on his Valley Stadium debut, while Hylton capped an influential display with United’s third in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Bideford.

Victory ended a testing sequence of Calor Southern League Premier games against promotion-chasing opposition, where the Reds had lost 4-1 at Cambridge City last Wednesday and 2-1 at Poole on Saturday.

Redditch-based Eminoglu, whose mother is English and father is Turkish, recently returned from a spell with Turkish club Gençlerbirliği and after a brief period at Hednesford Town he signed for United last Friday.

As well as scoring a host of goals for Villa in the Barclays Premier Academy League, the teenager has also played for Turkey at under-16s and 18s level.

McDonald said: “Umit is a local lad and he knows my assistant Nick Green, who has coached at Aston Villa.

“He had a bit of home sickness in Turkey but has been keen to play.

“He’s a lot like Dimitar Berbatov in that he always looks as though he’s got a lot of time on the ball.”

Promotion hopefuls Bideford had Stephen Reed, Craig Duff and Matt Bye sent off during a fractious clash.

Eminoglu bagged a fierce effort and doubled his tally with a cheeky chipped penalty, before Hylton scored late on.

McDonald said: “Jermaine is becoming one of the best players in our division”

United entertain play-off chasing St Albans on Saturday, before going to Stourbridge on Boxing Day (both 3pm kos).


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