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Key win for U18s

Posted on 2 March 2009  - 12:00

Adam Smith struck late to secure a vital victory for our Under-18s at Coventry City on Saturday.

Key win for U18s

Adam Smith struck late to secure a vital victory for our Under-18s at Coventry City on Saturday.

The full-back (pictured), who set-up a last-minute equaliser against Villa last weekend, did the business himself this time around to make it 2-1 in the final minute of the FA Premier Academy League clash.

Coventry started the day level on points with Villa in second place in FAPAL Group B and with Villa drawing against Birmingham on Saturday, the lads are now four points clear.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe takes up the story. "We went a goal down after five minutes, a scrappy goal from a set-piece, we didn't clear it, we had two swipes at the ball but it ended up with their player and he stuck it away.

"We equalised after 20 minutes from a corner, a good delivery from Andros Townsend and Calum Butcher attacked the ball really well, something we've been trying to get him to do more regularly.

"In the second half we struggled to get into any sort of rhythm and couldn't get it down and play as we normally do but credit goes to Coventry, they made it very difficult for us.

"With 10 minutes left Oscar Jansson produced a fantastic save when Coventry went through one-on-one, a key moment.

"In the final minute Adam Smith cut in from the right, crossed the ball with his left foot and there might have been a slight deflection as it ended up in the bottom corner. Adam's determined to claim the goal so we're giving it to him!

"I'm not saying we didn't deserve to win but at times you aren't going to be at the top of your game and credit to the players, they stuck at it.

"We've made a good habit of scoring late goals this season to either draw or win and that's a measure of the competitiveness of the players."

There was good and bad news after Saturday's fixture.

The good news was the return of midfielder Jake Livermore after a broken leg during a loan spell at Crewe in August and then a foot injury had ruled him out of most of the season. "He made a successful comeback, played 45 minutes and it was great to see him back," said Alex.

However, the bad news saw Ryan Mason, a key player in the side,depart early with a hamstring injury that makes him a huge doubt for Thursday's huge FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Arsenal at the Lane. "He's very unlikely to play," added Alex.

Spurs U18s: Jansson, Smith, Byrne, Livermore (Kasim, 46), Caulker, Butcher, M'poku, Cox, Oyenuga (Nicholson, 75), Mason (Bostock, 20), Townsend. Unused subs: Butler, Ekim.