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Triple-double fires U18s

Posted on 14 December 2009  - 12:00

Three players scored twice as our Under-18s hit Birmingham City for six on Saturday.

Three players scored twice as our Under-18s hit Birmingham City for six on Saturday.

Harry Kane, Kudus Oyenuga (pictured) and Paul McBride did the damage as the lads ran out 6-2 winners to make it 10 victories in 14 matches so far this term in the Premier Academy League.

However, the performance of Tom Carroll caught the eye of coach Alex Inglethorpe as he switched from playing left-back in the last two games to right midfield and set-up three of the six goals.

"Some of Tom's play was exceptional," said Alex. "He's showed real versatility this week after playing left-back in the FA Youth Cup at Wigan and that's something we like to see in all players."

Alex was delighted with the nature of the win. "We played at Wigan on Wednesday and this was a tough away game on a heavy pitch and I was really pleased with how the lads handled it," he said.

"We started well and took the lead after 20 minutes when Kudus Oyenuga broke clear and finished his one-on-one chance well. Paul McBride made it 2-0 before half-time, slotting into the bottom corner following good interplay in midfield.

"Tom Carroll set up the first of his assists for our third goal 10 minutes into the second half, Paul finished well again but we uncharacteristically conceded a soft goal for 3-1 on the hour.

"Harry Kane came on for Dean Parrett after 65 minutes and only took a couple of minutes to score our fourth goal and then grabbed the fifth with 10 minutes left.

"Birmingham made it 5-2 from a free-kick but we scored the sixth with a minute left, Tom sent Harry clear, the keeper made a good save but Kudus was following in for the rebound."

Spurs U18s: Butler, Blackwood, Francis-Angol (Lancaster, 46), Cox, Byrne, Durojaiye, Carroll, Parrett (Kane, 65), Oyenuga, McBride, Nicholson. Unused subs: Archer, Fredericks, Waller-Lassen.