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Big win for Academy in second Florida outing

Posted on 17 December 2015  - 20:25

Aramide Oteh led the way as our Academy side thrashed Jacksonville Armada 8-0 to make it two wins from two games at the IMG Cup in Florida today (Thursday, December 17).

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The young striker notched two goals and two assists as we comfortably saw off the American side, with Saturday night’s third match against Mexican outfit Toluca – who have also won both their games so far – now effectively a play-off for top spot in the group.

The first-placed side will then meet the winners of the tournament’s second group in the overall final.

“It was a very good performance today against a different calibre of opposition, with our boys playing some really good attacking football,” said Under-18s Coach Kieran McKenna as he reflected on the victory over Jacksonville, another game of 40-minute halves.

“We approached the match well in terms of our mindset and scored some really good goals so that was pleasing, but we spoke at the start of the competition about how the first two games would really be the first phase for us.

“Hopefully if we won both games that would set us up for a deciding encounter against a strong Mexican top flight team in Toluca and that’s the way it’s transpired, so it’s a good job done for now and a good start to the tournament, but the toughest tests are probably ahead.”

Oteh fired us into the lead after eight minutes following a good run down the right from Shilow Tracey, while the roles were reversed seven minutes later as Oteh shot across the goalkeeper and Tracey was on hand to find the net.

We went further in front two minutes after half-time with the pick of the bunch as Cy Goddard’s corner was headed out as far as Joe Muscatt, who sent a dipping right-footed volley into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Oteh set up Samuel Shashoua to make it 4-0 on 48 minutes, while we broke away and scored a fifth on the hour mark as Keanan Bennetts carried the ball 40 yards up the pitch before squaring for Joe Pritchard to slot home.

Oteh doubled his tally with a glancing header from Jack Roles’ cross three minutes later before good interplay between Dylan Duncan and Bennetts led to Roles picking up the ball on the right side and finishing inside the near post for 7-0 on 72 minutes.

The scoring was completed two minutes from time as Ryan Loft broke forward and squared for Marcus Edwards but, after the attacking midfielder appeared to be impeded as he shaped to shoot, the ball broke back to Loft and he did the honours for his second goal of the tournament.

After seeing off Baltimore Celtic 3-1 in Wednesday’s opening game, we meet Toluca on Saturday at 7.30pm local time.

Spurs: Whiteman, Duncan, Muscatt, Stylianides (Edwards 65), Tanganga (Tsaroulla 40), Brown (Owens 60), Tracey (Bennetts 52), Goddard (J Pritchard 52), Oteh, Roles, Shashoua (Loft 52).