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Birmingham U18s 1-4 Spurs

Posted on 7 May 2016  - 15:48

Three goals in the opening half-an-hour paved the way for our Under-18s to notch up a 4-1 victory over Birmingham City in a friendly at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

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Kazaiah Sterling’s early penalty was added to by goals from Marcus Edwards and Dylan Duncan before Sterling finished off the scoring eight minutes from time in what was a useful work-out for the players ahead of the NextGen and Terborg tournaments in the Netherlands later this month.

“It was a pleasing performance with lots of positive aspects and I think the scoreline was more than fair,” said Under-18s Coach Kieran McKenna.

“We made a good start with the early penalty, after that Birmingham scored a terrific goal from distance but the pleasing thing was the response to that. We kicked on well, got to 3-1 and again in the second half we were always comfortable, we had really good intent to keep getting forward and keep trying to score goals and in the end another one came through Kazaiah.

“It’s a terrific experience for the boys to play at St Andrew’s as well – we look to give them a wide range of experiences and obviously the chance to play in stadiums, as we have done in the last couple of weeks, is always a big part of that, as is going to the tournaments that we’ve got coming up.”

Sterling gave us the lead from the penalty spot seven minutes in after being upended in the box following Jack Roles’ pass, but the Blues hit back with a long-range strike six minutes later.

We regained the advantage on 24 minutes when Edwards picked up the ball on the edge of the box, beat the last defender and fired inside the near post with his right foot.

It was 3-1 on the half-hour mark as Sterling flicked a long ball on to Aramide Oteh, whose fine strike from 20 yards out was parried by the goalkeeper and Duncan tucked home the rebound.

We had to wait until the 82nd minute for the fourth goal as great work from Duncan saw the midfielder slip the ball through to Sterling, who duly doubled his tally for the day.

Spurs U18s: Austin (Whiteman 71), Tracey, Bennetts (Marsh 80), Marsh (Golledge 60), Mukena, Maghoma (Tanganga 60), Edwards, Roles (Owens 60), Oteh (Sterling 71), Duncan, Sterling (Stylianides 60).

Elsewhere, Jaden Brown and Samuel Shashoua were in action for England Under-17s as they began their European Under-17 Championship finals campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Sweden in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday (May 6).

Left-back Jaden started the game before Samuel stepped off the bench to replace him five minutes into the second half.

England face their second match in Group C against France on Monday, kick-off 5pm GMT.