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U18s win thriller

Posted on 13 October 2008  - 12:00

Adam Smith struck a last-minute winner as our Under-18s beat Leicester City 4-3 on Saturday.

U18s win thriller

Adam Smith struck a last-minute winner as our Under-18s beat Leicester City 4-3 on Saturday.

The victory made it four on the trot and stretched the lads' unbeaten start to the campaign to eight matches as they top the table in Group B of the FA Premier Academy League.

They are now one of only three teams of 40 to maintain an unbeaten record in the FAPAL alongside Manchester City and Fulham.

It was a rollercoaster match at the Foxes' Belvoir Drive Training Ground as the lads dominated for the first hour to lead 3-0 only for the home side to hit back with three goals in 10 minutes to level it up at 3-3.

However, a 30-yard special from the full-back (pictured) secured maximum points.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe took up the story. "Leicester had three Under-19 players in the spine of their team but for the first 65 minutes it was as well as we've played.

"The wake-up call came at 3-0 up and showed what can happen if you switch off or lose concentration. We allowed senior players to have an impact and once they get momentum Leicester are very good at seizing it.

"We missed a penalty after 10 minutes when Andros Townsend was brought down but unfortunately Ryan Mason missed it.

"On the half-hour Yaser Kasim opened the scoring, a pass from Ryan and a good finish from the edge of area with his left foot, an aspect of his game he's been working on.

"Jon Obika then scored twice in quick succession around the hour mark - again, both passes from Ryan, so he recovered well from that penalty miss.

"We then paid the price for some catastrophic defending, Leicester scored two quick goals and they then equalised from the penalty spot.

"However, Adam Smith then managed to score a great goal from 30 yards for the winner in the last minute.

"The lads showed real strength of character to respond again for 4-3 and as well as it being a fine win there were valuable lessons to be learned."

Spurs U18s: Butler, Smith, Byrne, Kasim, Caulker, Butcher, Bostock (Cox, 80), Parrett, Obika, Mason, Townsend (Ekim, 85). Unused subs: Ranieri, Nicholson, O'Neill.