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Kudus completes U18s comeback

Posted on 16 January 2011  - 12:00

Our Under-18s came from behind twice to topple Reading 3-2 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Kudus completes U18s comeback

Our Under-18s came from behind twice to topple Reading 3-2 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Kudus Oyenuga scored two goals including a fantastic winning goal as the lads recovered from 1-0 down at half-time and then 2-1 down on the hour to take maximum points.

The striker had already powered home a header for 2-2 when he took off on an individual run in the 68th minute, cutting in from the left touchline and beating three defenders before driving home at the near post.

Earlier, Paul McBride marked his return from a nine-month injury lay-off to score the first equaliser with his first touch off the bench four minutes into the second half.

Jordan Archer impressed in goal as the lads played into a strong wind in the first half.

The goalkeeper showed clean hands, kicked well and made key saves when needed from Dan Carr and Romaine Walker.

When he was beaten, Jack Barthram cleared off the line from Craig Tanner and it took a penalty for the visitors to take the lead, slotted home by Lawson D'Ath on the half-hour.

The second half was a different story with conditions in our favour.

McBride, on at half-time for Ronnie Hawkins, was in the right place at the right time to slot home the equaliser when Oyenuga's shot came back off the crossbar.

But the Royals regained the lead on the hour when Arran Tishbola capitalised on a defensive mistake to finish one-on-one.

Undetered, the lads came back again and levelled four minutes later, Laste Dombaxe fizzed in a cross from the right and Oyenuga planted his header into the bottom corner.

Oyenuga's solo effort completed the turn around in the 69th minute.

Now on top, Jack Munns hit a 25-yard piledrive that Dean Santangelo tipped onto the crossbar and Alex Pritchard had a goal disallowed three minutes from time.

"It was always going to be difficult against the wind in the first half," reflected coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"But we coped okay. I thought Jordan Archer was excellent, his handling and distribution superb and their goal came from a defensive mistake.

"We did well to comeback in the second half and we had to overcome adversity having gone behind again at 2-1.

"We're all delighted for Paul McBride. He's been out for nine months and to come on and score with his first touch was great for him."

Spurs U18s: Archer; Barthram (Day, 70), Durojaiye, Sheriff, Stewart; Dombaxe, Hawkins (McBride, 46; Angol, 81), Tapping; Pritchard, Munns, Oyenuga. Unused subs: Miles, Yeboah.

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