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Late goal sinks U18s

Posted on 13 November 2011  - 12:00

Our Under-18s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Our Under-18s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

The team paid the price for conceding poor goals defensively in the first and 83rd minutes at Birmingham's Wast Hills Training Ground.

In-between those goals - the first straight from kick-off - the lads dominated and when Ronnie Hawkins levelled from the penalty spot in the 77th minute there looked only one winner.

However, the Blues hit back to grab maximum points on a rare attack in the 84th minute.

"I was pleased with the performance, we dominated in terms of possession, but we lacked a little penetration," reported coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"Birmingham took the lead inside 10 seconds, straight from kick-off. They knocked the ball forward and there was some hesitation between Jonathan Miles and Ramil Sheriff, a mix-up and their striker accepted the gift.

"That changed the dynamic of the game straight away and Birmingham were more than happy to stay defensively compact and hold onto the lead.

"There were few chances in the first half but we continued to dominate in the second half, Kenneth McEvoy went close, so did Jack Munns and we managed to break through in the 77th minute.

"Kenneth McEvoy went through and was brought down in the box and Ronnie Hawkins scored the penalty.

"There was certainly a feeling that we could go on and win it from there.

"However, we then got caught again, Laste Dombaxe got outmuscled and the ball was squared for the Birmingham player to tap in the winner.

"It's a good experience for the lads. That lack of concentration early on gave Birmingham something to hang onto and they will come across scenarios like that throughout their careers.

"We got ourselves into great positions in and around the box but couldn't get players into the right places to attack the ball. We just lacked a bit of ruthlessness."

Spurs U18s: Miles; Sheriff, Dombaxe (Lameiras, 85), Barthram, Day; McEvoy, Hawkins, Munns, Ward (Michael-Percil, 74), Angol (Coulthirst, 57), Akindayini. Unused subs: McGee, Ball.