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Lads finish third

Posted on 1 February 2009  - 12:00

Our Academy won their second penalty shoot-out in three days to take third place in the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico on Sunday.

Lads finish third

Our Academy won their second penalty shoot-out in three days to take third place in the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico on Sunday.

The lads faced host team Club Deportivo Guadalajara - more famously known as 'Chivas' - in the third/fourth place play-off after losing to FC Atlas in Saturday's semi-final.

They should have wrapped things up in normal time only to concede a goal two minutes into injury time for a final 2-2 scoreline to take it into penalties.

In a repeat of Friday's quarter-final, the lads kept their nerve to complete another 100 per cent record to take the shoot-out 4-2.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We went 1-0 up through Harry Kane, who took a good touch from Kudos Oyenuga's pass and slid the ball under the goalkeeper as he came out.

"Chivas equalised but we went 2-1 up in the second half when Jon Obika dropped his shoulder on the edge of the box and fired low into the corner from about 20 yards.

"That looked like it would be enough but we then conceded two minutes into added time. We'd played really well and deserved to win it in normal time, so that was a blow.

"Once again though the lads picked themselves up, regrouped and we scored all four of our penalties through Dean Parrett, Jon Obika, Yaser Kasim and Ryan Mason.

"I quickly brought on Oscar Jansson for Jamie Butler for the shoot-out as he's somewhat of an expert and he saved one of their penalties and Chivas missed one.

Academy in Mexico

"The lads thoroughly deserved to take third place overall and that's third out of 24 teams in one of the world's top youth tournaments, a tournament held in high esteem out here in South America.

"We've played eight games in nine days in the heat and at altitude and we've come through it with flying colours.

"The lads have been fantastic and I've been delighted with the quality of our football - we've made a lot of friends out here as well."

Spurs: Butler (Jansson), Nicholson, Byrne, Mason, Caulker, Smith (Butcher), Ekim (Kasim), Parrett, Oyenuga (Obika), Kane (Bostock), M'poku.