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U18s turn it around

Posted on 24 May 2008  - 12:00

Our Under-18 side recovered from a disappointing start to give themselves a great chance of making it through to the knock-out stages of the Tournoi International de Football de Talance in France on Sunday.

U18s turn it around

Our Under-18 side recovered from a disappointing start to give themselves a great chance of making it through to the knock-out stages of the Tournoi International de Football de Talence in France on Sunday.

Alex Inglethorpe's team competed in four 40-minute group matches on Saturday, but after a 0-0 draw with French side Lorient, the lads suffered a 1-0 defeat against Spanish outfit Alcala in the morning.

However, we turned things around in the afternoon games and began to show the sort of form which recently saw us win the Tournoi De Monthey in Switzerland.

A convincing 4-0 victory over Monaco, with goals from Calum Butcher, David Hutton, Ryan Mason and Jon Obika, was followed by a 2-1 win over Toulouse at the end of the day. Obika and Mason (pictured, right) added to their tallies on that occasion.

A win against Polish side Poznan on Sunday morning could now mean qualification for the afternoon's semi-finals.

Coach Inglethorpe said: "I don't think our mentality was right to start with and the lads were perhaps fatigued from a very busy recent schedule, and rightly so considering their efforts.

"So full credit to them for their response in the afternoon, and the wins over Monaco and Toulouse were very good results indeed against very good sides."