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Tom's trio

Posted on 6 February 2010  - 12:00

Tom Carroll grabbed a hat-trick as our Under-18s beat Cardiff City 5-1 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Tom Carroll grabbed a hat-trick as our Under-18s beat Cardiff City 5-1 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Playing in a central midfield role, Carroll scored the equaliser as the lads recovered from going 1-0 down early in the first half to dominate the game.

Harry Kane converted from Dean Parrett's free-kick to make it 2-1 before the break and Carroll was there to finish Jessie Waller-Lassen's cutback for 3-1 after 55 minutes.

Paul Jose Mpoku scored a fine goal for 4-1 five minutes later, Jamie Butler then saved a penalty before Carroll wrapped up a day to remember with his hat-trick goal from the spot after Waller-Lassen was brought down.

The five-goal haul means the lads have now scored 65 goals in 17 PAL matches - the highest by far across the PAL's four divisions.


"We played ever so well," said coach Alex Inglethorpe. "It was by no means easy for us. Cardiff were third at start of play and conditions were difficult, but we coped well.

"We went 1-0 down early but the lads deserve credit for the way they got back into it.


"Tom played in central midfield and that means he's played left-back and wide left this season.

"Playing in different positions is something we're keen for every player to do over the course of a season and their understanding of the game can only improve for doing that."

Spurs U18s: Butler; Byrne (Francis-Angol, 76), Durojaiye, Butcher, Blackwood; Waller-Lassen (McBride, 75), Carroll (Pritchard, 80), Nicholson, Mpoku; Parrett; Kane. Unused sub: Tapping.