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U18s impress in defeat

Posted on 19 March 2012  - 08:28

Alex Inglethorpe was pleased with our Under-18s display despite a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

U18s impress in defeat

Victor Zapata-Caicedo opened the scoring in the 27th minute but the team was undone by set-piece goals in the 36th and 56th minutes.

"We lost the game but all I can say is that apart from the result, I thought we played really well," said coach Alex.

"We went ahead when Ronnie Hawkins released Victor Zapata-Caicedo, he controlled and took an early decision to lob the goalkeeper, he finished well.

"Their equaliser could possibly be seen as a foul on the goalkeeper, a high ball was played into the box and there was certainly contact in the air, but the goal was awarded.

"The second goal and what turned out to be the winner came early in the second half, a diagonal free-kick that we just didn't deal with.

"I know defending set-pieces is a part of the game that the players will learn in time. The rest of our game was excellent.

"We had a few chances at 2-1. Victor and Kenneth McEvoy just failed to convert a cross from Mason Bush, another cross from Kenneth was scrambled away and Kenneth was then denied one-on-one by the goalkeeper.

"We play for the performance and for the scoreline and on this occasion, we got the performance but not the score."

Spurs U18s: Granger, Sheriff, Ekong, Gallifuoco (D McQueen, 63), Smith (A McQueen, 66), Hawkins (Bush, 46), Dombaxe, Lameiras, McEvoy, Ward, Zapata-Caicedo.