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Dombaxe double not enough for U18s

Posted on 5 September 2010  - 12:00

Laste Dombaxe netted twice as our Under-17s lost 4-2 at home to Norwich City in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Dombaxe double not enough for U18s

Laste Dombaxe netted twice as our Under-17s lost 4-2 at home to Norwich City in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Once again, coach Alex Inglethorpe fielded a young team with only four Second Year trainees in the starting line-up.

The lads took an early lead when Dombaxe swept home Jesse Waller Lassen's cross in the fifth minute.

They controlled the best part of the first half but failed to add to their advantage as chances for Waller Lassen, Kevin Stewart and Dombaxe went begging.

They were then made to pay when the visitors cashed in on a defensive mistake to level it up just before the break.

The tide turned quickly in the second half as the Canaries scored three goals in quick succession to take a 4-1 lead.

Dombaxe added a consolation late on when he was fouled in the box and picked himself up to tuck away from the penalty spot for the final 4-2 scoreline.

"We didn't fight hard enough to retain our identity in the second half," reported Alex.

"There is a style of play here at Tottenham and players have to learn there is no taking the easy option if they want to progress.

"It's a learning curve for the younger players and it's a harsh lesson, but it's all about player development and that's why a lot of our Second Years are involved in development matches at the moment.

"I don't want the team to hide behind the fact that they are young, I want them to rise to the challenge and cope just like the First Years did last season."

Spurs U18s: Archer, Barthram (Pritchard, 46), Francis-Angol (McQueen, 46), Tapping, Sheriff, Ekong (Yeboah, 75), Stewart, Munns, Coulthirst, Dombaxe, Waller Lassen. Unused sub: Miles.