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Academy stun hosts

Posted on 25 January 2009  - 12:00

Our Academy squad made a superb start in the Copa Chivas Comex tournament by beating hosts, Club Deportivo Guadalajara - more famously known as 'Chivas' - 2-0 in Mexico on Saturday.

Academy stun hosts

Our Academy squad made a superb start in the Copa Chivas Comex tournament by beating hosts, Club Deportivo Guadalajara - more famously known as 'Chivas' - 2-0 in Mexico on Saturday.

Ryan Mason grabbed both goals in the second half to secure maximum points in the opening match of Group A.

The fixture was played at the Estadio Jalisco, Chivas' home and a stadium that hosted matches in the World Cups of 1970 and 1986, including the England versus Brazil match in 1970 where Gordon Banks made his famous save from Pele.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We had to defend well in the first half and did just that, we were hard to break down.

"We changed things around at half-time and went more attacking and we should have scored straight away when Andros Townsend went through but the keeper made a good save.

"Oscar Jansson then made a fine save from a shot from distance and we started to exert more and more pressure.

"We made the breakthrough about 15 minutes into the half when Jon Obika found Ryan Mason and he found the corner with a great finish.

"We controlled it more and more from there and defensively we were excellent against a lively front three.

"We scored the second goal 25 minutes in when Kudos Oyenuga broke down the right and picked out Ryan Mason who finished well again.

"It was a very, very proud moment, the opening game in such a famous stadium against the hosts, the Mexican champions, with a partizan home crowd.

"The lads were well aware of the history of the stadium and they rose to the challenge.

"It has to be one of the highlights of everything we've done so far as an Academy."

The lads are back in action on Sunday against Caracas FC at the Colegio Once México.

Spurs: Jansson, Smith, Berchiche (Cox), Kasim, Caulker, Butcher, M'poku (Bostock), Parrett (Ekim), Obika (Fraser-Allen), Mason, Townsend (Oyenuga).