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Academy start with win

Posted on 29 March 2010  - 12:00

Our Academy squad kick-started the Dallas Cup with a win against host side Dallas Texans in the tournament's opening game on Sunday.

Our Academy squad kick-started the Dallas Cup with a win against host side Dallas Texans in the tournament's opening game on Sunday.

Goals from triallist Massimo Luongo and Anton Blackwood's penalty secured a 2-1 win at Pizza Hut Park, home of MLS side FC Dallas.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We controlled the early stages and deserved to go 1-0 up through Massimo Luongo's header from Paul Jose M'poku's cross after 20 minutes.

"We should have added to that as well because we had a couple of decent chances, Kudus Oyenuga went close and Tom Carroll hit the post.

"We paid for that in the second half as Dallas started to get on top and the equalised when a free-kick was deflected in just after the hour.

"To be fair to the lads, they showed good character to respond straight away as we went up the other end and Alex Pritchard was brought down for a penalty that Anton Blackwood converted.

"From there, it was just a case of seeing the game out and we did that. It was a good win and as I said, the lads showed plenty of character and resilience to come through."

The lads face a quick turnaround and now face the Japanese national team later today (Monday, March 29) kicking-off at 2pm local time, 8pm UK.

Spurs: Jansson, Blackwood, Cox (Bartram, 80), Nicholson, Durojaiye, Butcher, Byrne, Oyenuga (Waller-Lassen, 75), Luongo (Pritchard, 55), Carroll, M'poku (Francis-Angol, 77).

With thanks to MATTHEW VISINSKY for the photographs...click on the arrows above...

Academy in Dallas