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Positives in draw for U18s

Posted on 26 September 2011  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe took plenty of positives out of Saturday's Premier Academy League draw against Villa.

Alex Inglethorpe took plenty of positives out of Saturday's Premier Academy League draw against Villa.

Up against a more experienced Villa team and trailing inside five minutes, the lads fought back to earn a point thanks to Dominic Ball's header in the 73rd minute.

Coach Alex paid tribute to central defender Connor Ogilvie, just 15, who made an impressive debut at Under-18 level against Villa's two Under-19 strikers.

"I thought we did well against a Villa team that started with three Under-19s," reflected Alex.

"Connor Ogilvie came in for his debut. He's an Under-16 player and was up against two Under-19 strikers and that's a big difference at that age.

"He made an excellent debut and he has set the bar high for himself now.

"We went 1-0 down in the third minute with a Villa shot that crept into the bottom corner.

"It was a slight misjudgement from Billy Grainger in goal but I was pleased with how he reacted after that, there was a long way to go in the match after that but he coped well.

"We had a lot of possession in the first half without doing much with it and ended up playing in front of them a lot of the time.

"The second half was better. We had to change it just before half-time when Kenneth McEvoy picked up an injury and was replaced by Ollie Modeste, who came in as right-back with Roman Michael-Percil pushing on.

"We then brought on Victor Zapata-Caicedo five minutes into the second half and both substitutes made positive contributions.

"We equalised when Lee Angol delivered a free-kick and Dominic Ball attacked it better than anyone else, powering his header into the bottom corner.

"We might have won it after that and had one great chance when Ollie's cross somehow went between Victor and Grant Ward.

"Overall though, we played well and played a lot of good football in the right areas in the second half."

Spurs U18s: Granger, Michael-Percil (Smith, 84), Ekong, Ogilvie, Day, Angol, Ward, Ball, McEvoy (Modeste, 41), Bush (Z-Caicedo 50min), Coulthirst.