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U18s grab deserved draw

Posted on 10 September 2011  - 12:00

Grant Ward struck in injury time to rescue a point for our Under-18s in the Premier Academy League at Southampton.

Grant Ward struck in injury time to rescue a point for our Under-18s in the Premier Academy League at Southampton.

The full-back entered the fray as a substitute with 20 minutes and was in the right place at the right time to nod home Jack Barthram's cross as it finished 2-2 at the Saints' Staplewood Training Ground.

The lads trailed twice as Southampton opened the scoring on 20 minutes, Shaq Coulthirst levelled a minute into the second half but the home took the lead again late on before Ward's leveller.

"We thoroughly deserved a draw," said Under-18s coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"We played really well, especially in the second half and I was delighted with out style of play.

"We started well, looked comfortable but went a goal behind after a small error led to a counter-attack. That was very much against the run of play.

"Shaq Coulthirst levelled quickly in the second half and we had another chance when Kenneth McEvoy went through one-on-one.

"Southampton went ahead with 10 minutes to go and we felt a little aggrieved because we thought there was a handball in the build-up.

"But we kept going and managed to score right at the end.

"It stemmed from Jack Barthram, who was outstanding. He got forward from right-back and had a shot that was saved, managed to get to the rebound first and stood up a fine cross for Grant Ward to finish."

Spurs U18s: Miles; Barthram, Ekong, Day, A.McQueen (Angol, 80); Dombaxe (Modeste, 83), Ball, Munns, McEvoy, Michael-Percil (Ward, 70); Coulthirst.