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Under-18s 5-1 Sunderland

Posted on 10 February 2013  - 13:02

Everything clicked into place for our Under-18s, who enjoyed a fine 5-1 win against Sunderland in Group One of the Barclays U18 Premier League on Saturday.

Under-18s 5-1 Sunderland

Daniel Akindayini led the scoring with two goals with Dominic Ball, Roman Michael-Percil and Shaq Coulthirst also on target.

The lads led 3-0 at half-time and the final tally might have been more but for the heroics of Sunderland goalkeeper Joel Dixon. Martin Smith scored a late consolation for the Black Cats.

"Our football was excellent in the first half and we went 3-0 up," reported Academy Manager, John McDermott.

"Dominic Ball opened the scoring with volley, Daniel Akindayini finished after good work from Shaq Coulthirst and Roman Michael-Percil tapped in from about one yard after Josh Onomah did well on the left.

"The only criticism was when our play went a little loose at 2-0 and they had a couple of chances, but we picked up again in the second half.

"In the second half both Akindayini and Coulthirst finished well after good work from Joe Pritchard. Their goalkeeper was outstanding and it could have been more.

"We had the chance to play three Under-16s players in Josh Onomah, Joe Pritchard and Anthony Georgiou. Joe and Anthony have been excelling in Under-16 football, so they both had their chance and were very good.

"The stand-out performances were Onomah and Pritchard, who came on and had those two assists. Overall, I was really pleased. The lads have trained really well since Christmas and it's always great when it clicks together."

Spurs U18s: McGee, A McQueen, Ball, Dombaxe, Ward, Bentaleb, Lameiras, Onomah (Pritchard, 64), Michael-Percil (Georgiou, 71), Coulthirst, Akindayini.

Meanwhile, a mixed team of Academy players from Under-16 to Under-19 took on Norwich City in a friendly at the new Training Centre on Saturday.

The team recovered from going 2-0 down inside 10 minutes to force a 3-3 draw with Jack Munns slotting home a last-minute penalty.

Victor Zapata-Caicedo reduced arrears in the 52nd minute but the Canaries forged ahead again at 3-1 before Munns struck twice, the first on 75 minutes for 3-2 before the late spot-kick.

John said: "We got off to a slow start but our players adapted well to the physical challenge, Jack Munns was the calalyst, helping some of the younger players through.

"Other good performances came in from Aaron McEneff, Kane Vincent-Young, Nathan Oduwa and Emmanuel Sonupe and it was good to see Lawrence Vigouroux back in goal after his exertions for Chile Under-20s. It's important we now give him match time."