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U18s topple Charlton

Posted on 18 September 2011  - 12:00

Our Under-18s got back to winning ways in the Premier Academy League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Charlton on Saturday.

Our Under-18s got back to winning ways in the Premier Academy League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Charlton on Saturday.

The game at Spurs Lodge was decided by an own goal four minutes before half-time as Shaq Coulthirst chased down a ball over the top, forcing a defensive mix-up that resulted in a Charlton defender heading over his goalkeeper and home.

Jonathan Miles (pictured) was forced into a couple of fine saves as Charlton pushed on in the second half.

Despite the win, coach Alex Inglethorpe had mixed feelings over the performance.

"If I was manager of the first team I would be delighted with the three points and the character displayed to keep a clean sheet," he reported.

"The atmosphere would be a bit different to what we had after the game because our main focus has to be on performances, individually and collectively.

"Although we won the game, the quality of performance was better in the matches against Everton and West Ham, matches we lost.

"The first half was a decent performance without any real dominance or penetration.

"We took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when Laste Dombaxe hit a ball over the top and credit to Shaq Coulthirst, he put pressure on the last defender and that led to the mix-up and the own goal.

"Charlton changed their shape at half-time and caused us a few problems.

"We didn't have as much control of the midfield area and looked like a team on the ropes. We weren't brave enough to go and play and try to solve problems.

"Jonathan Miles made a couple of fine saves midway through the half and although we did create oppprtunities, Shaq had a couple of chances on the counter-attack, overall it was a little scrappy."

Spurs U18s: Miles, Ward, Day, Dombaxe, Ekong, Stewart, Bush (Michael-Percil, 46), Ball, Coulthirst, Angol (McEvoy, 63), Munns. Unused subs: Zapata-Caicedo, Priestley, Modeste.