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Good day for U18s

Posted on 29 March 2009  - 12:00

It might not have been a vintage performance but Saturday was a brilliant day for our Under-18s in the FA Premier Academy League.

Good day for U18s

It might not have been a vintage performance but Saturday was a brilliant day for our Under-18s in the FA Premier Academy League.

The lads maintained their record of just one defeat all season in FAPAL Group B with a 4-1 win at Fulham and news soon filtered through that divisional title rivals Aston Villa were beaten 3-2 at Arsenal while Coventry City, also in the hunt, lost at Palace.

It means with five games remaining, the team stay top of the division but now four points clear and with a game in hand over Leicester City, who have moved up to second level on points with Villa. Coventry are a further four points adrift.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe gave us this rundown of the win at Fulham...

"The conditions were tricky with a strong wind and we did okay in the first half without hitting top gear," he said.

"Having said that, we managed to get ourselves 2-0 up at half-time.

"Adam Smith (pictured) opened the scoring with a good finish from a tight angle after 25 minutes and he was then brought down in the box and Ryan Mason scored from the spot.

"We had opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, didn't take them and almost paid the price as Fulham had a real go after the break.

"They scored after 50 minutes to make it 2-1 and had a spell where they made it very difficult for us - Jamie Butler had to make a good save to keep it at 2-1.

"With about 20 minutes left Nathan Byrne scored a fantastic individual goal where he cut in from the left, beat a couple of players and fired home from 20 yards.

"Five minutes later Kudos Oyenuga latched onto Yaser Kasim's through ball, dribbled around the keeper and slotted it for 4-1.

"In terms of performance, we know we're capable of more but the lads stuck at it and got their rewards."

The lads have won 15 and drawn six of their 22 games in the FAPAL this season.

Spurs U18s: Butler, Smith (Ekim, 65), Cox, Parrett (O'Neill, 65), Caulker, Butcher, Byrne, Kasim, Oyenuga, Mason, M'poku (Nicholson, 15). Unused subs: Ranieiri, Jack.