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WBA Under-18s 1-0 Spurs

Posted on 27 April 2013  - 14:23

Our Under-18s can still make it into the end-of-season play-offs in the Barclays U18 Premier League - but all eyes will now be on Sunderland's match against Liverpool on Saturday.

WBA Under-18s 1-0 Spurs

West Brom won Saturday's final Group One fixture with a goal four minutes from time as we pushed forward for a winner ourselves.

It was a second game in the space of 24 hours after a crucial 6-3 victory against rivals Sunderland on Friday.

The result means we remain top of Group One, a point ahead of Sunderland but with a 12-goal better goal difference. Liverpool - who lost at West Ham on Saturday - remain third and can also reach our 21-point total with two games remaining, Stoke on Monday, Sunderland on Saturday. However, our goal difference is 10 better than the Reds.

The winners of Group One and Group Two progress to the play-offs, where they meet each other. The winners of that game join the top three from the Elite Group in the play-off semi-finals.

Back to Saturday, and a young team including three Under-16 players and one Under-15, Cameron Carter-Vickers, were denied on numerous occasions by West Brom goalkeeper Alex Palmer with Joe Pritchard, Emmanuel Sonupe and Grant Ward all thwarted in the first half.

Pritchard had an effort cleared off the line in the second half and after the Baggies scored in the 86th minute, there was still time for Palmer to save again, this time from Kyle Walker-Peters.

"We played against the wind in the first half and for 30 minutes, I thought we were excellent," said Academy Manager, John McDermott.

"There was no real difference for us in gaining one point or nothing, so we pushed forward for the win and eventually got caught on the counter-attack.

"I was pleased with how we played. Cameron Carter-Vickers, an Under-15 player up against good strikers, was excellent. He showed real composure. I was pleased with Grant Ward and Dominic Ball. Emmanuel Sonupe was dangerous, he's just got to work more on his end product and Kyle Walker-Peters made an impact when he came on.

"It was disappointing to lose but I'm proud of the way we've gone into two games in 24 hours. There were no signs of fatigue at West Brom, we just needed the rub of the green.

"In fact, we could have done with borrowing a goal from the six we scored at Sunderland! We were ruthless on Friday and maybe just lacked that edge in front of goal.

"It all goes to the wire now but we're still in there. We'll wait and see."

Spurs U18s: McGee, Vincest-Young (Walker-Peters, 75), Carter-Vickers, Ball, Ward, McEneff, Pritchard (Lameiras, 69), Onomah, Sonupe, D McQueen (Georgiou, 59), Zapata-Caiceido. Unused subs: Priestley, Ogilvie.