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U18s so close in thriller

Posted on 19 November 2011  - 12:00

Our Under-18s grabbed a late equaliser in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Leicester City - and could have won it late on.

Our Under-18s grabbed a late equaliser in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Leicester City - and could have won it late on.

The lads trailed twice at 1-0 and 3-2 before substitute Ruben Lameiras netted for 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining of the Premier Academy League encounter at Spurs Lodge.

With four minutes left, Shaq Coulthirst was brought down in penalty area only for Laste Dombaxe to have his spot-kick saved by the Foxes goalkeeper - having netted our first goal from the spot earlier in the game.

Dombaxe then sent Coulhirst through on goal in the final minute but the goalkeeper stood firm again.

Earlier, the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute, Dombaxe levelled from his first penalty in the 19th minute and Coulthirst fired us ahead in the 38th minute, only for the Foxes to level again in first half injury time.

Leicester regained the lead in the 55th minute before our late flourish.

"I was really pleased with the players," said coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"Leicester had a few more senior players, I think they went with three Under-19s, and they can be very direct and you have to handle that.

"We went 1-0 down but levelled when Shaq Coulthirst, who started in a wider position than normal (he's a striker), cut inside the box and Leicester were penalised for handball. Laste Dombaxe converted the penalty.

"Jack Munns was a thorn in their side throughout and he provided the pass for 2-1, a great finish from Shaq, who controlled, spun and fired home.

"Leicester got back into it again just before half-time and then went 3-2 up 10 minutes into the second half.

"Ruben Lameiras came on with about 20 minutes left and had a real impact.

"He tidied us up, got us playing again and scored the equaliser with a shot from outside the box that took a deflection on its way in, but he deserved that.

"We could have won it in the end as Laste had his second penalty saved and Shaq had a big chance.

"Leicester do what they do very well, they are physical, forceful, direct and it's often been the case in previous seasons that we've failed to solved problems against them.

"So the players deserve credit for retaining our identity and style of play and as I said, we could have won it at the end."

Spurs U18s: Miles, Sheriff, Modeste, A McQueen (Ball, 46), Ogilvie, Hawkins (Michael-Percil, 80), Dombaxe, Munns, McEvoy, Coulthirst, Angol (Lameiras, 70).

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