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Lads triumph in Bellinzona

Posted on 13 April 2009  - 12:00

Our Academy squad beat Sporting Lisbon to win the 'Tourneo Internazionale' in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on Monday night.

Lads triumph in Bellinzona

Our Academy squad beat Sporting Lisbon to win the 'Tourneo Internazionale' in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on Monday night.

Early goals from Ryan Mason (pictured) and Nathan Byrne paved the way for the 2-1 success as the lads followed up Saturday's semi-final win over Barcelona.

The Portuguese side hit back after the break and we defended superbly to maintain the 2-1 lead with Oscar Jansson producing a key save with 15 minutes left.

Academy Manager John McDermott reported: "It was an excellent performance and the lads showed fantastic mentality.

"Ryan Mason opened the scoring with a free-kick curled in from a wide angle after five minutes and we went 2-0 up after eight minutes when Nathan Byrne produced a reaction finish from 15 yards after Calum Butcher's shot was blocked.

"We controlled it up to about 20 minutes but then started to lose momentum.

"They scored three minutes into the second half from a set-piece and we then had to defend our lines for the next 20 minutes. The lads did that manfully, got in blocks and the two centre-backs Calum and Steven Caulker headed everything away. Sam Cox was also very good in a holding midfield role.

"Oscar Jansson had to make one Schmeichel-esque save with his feet with 15 minutes left. It was no fluke save, as he does it all the time in training and it was a match-winning save, as good as scoring a goal.

"We finished the game well, we were in control having weathered the storm and the lads can be proud of themselves."

Spurs: Jansson, Smith, Nicholson (Ekim, 55), Cox, Butcher, Caulker, Byrne, Parrett, Oyenuga, Mason, Kasim (Kane, 65).