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Debut delight as U18s win

Daniel Akindayini marked his debut with a goal as our Under-18s beat Cardiff 3-1 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Daniel Akindayini marked his debut with a goal as our Under-18s beat Cardiff 3-1 in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

The Under-16 striker was drafted in for the trip to Wales and set us on the way to a fine win by opening the scoring in the 26th minute.

The home side levelled 10 minutes later but Shaq Coulthirst soon restored the lead from the penalty spot and Jack Munns' (pictured) cool finish secured maximum points with 20 minutes left.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe was delighted with the performance. "We had a couple of chances early on that fell to young Daniel Akindayini, who was making his debut," reported Alex.

"He had one-on-one situations and narrowly missed on both occasions, but we were pleased to see him get into those positions and he then scored our first goal when Ollie Modeste broke forward from centre-half and found Grant Ward who crossed well with his left foot and Daniel was in a great position to finish.

"Cardiff equalised and a lot of that was down to a bit on inexperience as we had James Yeboah off receiving treatment, we didn't adjust, a cross came in, they had an overload in the box and scored.

"It was just a lack of game craft that they will all pick up.

"We were awarded a deserved penalty in my opinion when Jack Munns was brought down. Shaq Coulthirst converted from the spot for 2-1 just before half-time.

"We continued passing the ball well, were brave in possession and later on, Dominic Ball got forward and had a left-foot shot that he didn't catch right, but it ended up being a pass through to Jack Munns and he went through and finished well.

"Cardiff is the one fixture of the season we stay away for, so for a lot of the Under-16s and Under-17s, it's a relatively new experience for a one-off match.

"That's the life of a footballer though - on a coach, on a plane, staying at a hotel, getting up and preparing for a game. That's what they had to do and it's good for them.

"Given that, I thought the performance and result was excellent. We were also a young team, probably the youngest we've fielded this season.

"At the same time, Cardiff had two Under-19s and a number of Under-18s, so we were giving away a lot of years of experience.

"I was delighted with that performance. The lads are starting to get it together. I was pleased for Daniel and it was Tom Gardiner's first start. Overall, it was excellent."

Spurs U18s: Granger, Gardiner, Yeboah (Sheriff, 46), Modeste (Michael-Percil, 83), Ball, Munns, Angol, McEvoy, Ward, Coulthirst, Akindayini (Zapata-Caicedo, 90).