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ACADEMY REPORT: BORO 1, SPURS 1

Posted on 3 September 2007  - 12:00

Jake Livermore struck late to earn our Under-18s a point in their FA Premier Academy League opener at Middlesbrough.

Jake Livermore struck late to earn our Under-18s a point in their FA Premier Academy League opener at Middlesbrough.The midfielder (pictured right) finished in style five minutes from time as the lads recovered from losing Ryan Mason to injury in the first half and conceding a goal with only 10 minutes remaining.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe takes up the story. "Lee Butcher made a couple of good early saves and we then lost Ryan to a knee injury after about 25 minutes, a blow for everyone.

"Alex Olsen came on and we played well in the second half, we had a lot of possession but it looked like we might end up losing after they scored.

"It was a disappointing goal to concede because we had a number of chances to clear the danger - we broke up the first attack, then cleared a free-kick but then put in some sloppy challenges and they finished well.

"It looked like being one of those days but we scored a fine equaliser five minutes later.

"It was a team goal, passing and movement with Sol Asajile heavily involved as we progressed down the right, he played a one-two with Yaser Kasim, picked out Jake and he finished from 20 yards.

"We had chances after that as well and Alex Olsen had a goal disallowed.

"I thought the lads showed a lot of character up against a team well-renowned in Academy football."

Spurs U18s: L Butcher, Hutchins, Berchiche, Kasim, Mtandari, Casey, Fraser-Allen (Asajile, 75), Livermore, Obika, Mason (Olsen, 25), Townsend. Unused subs: C Butcher, Dalton, Cox.