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Lads just miss out at PSV

Our Under-18s have just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of PSV Eindhoven's Otten Cup.

Our Under-18s have just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of PSV Eindhoven's Otten Cup.

They were well on the way to the required draw in the final group game against Pao de Acucar when they were hit by a 30-yard thunderbolt from the Brazilian side on Saturday afternoon.

Despite knocking on the door, an equaliser proved elusive, the score stayed at 1-0 and the lads were edged out of the last four.

They will now face Anderlecht of Belgium in the fifth/sixth-place play-off on Sunday.

Earlier in the group stages, John Bostock curled home a free-kick in the opener against FC Twente only for the Dutch side to hit back with three goals in the second half for a 3-1 win on Friday.

The lads recovered to beat another Dutch side, Heerenveen, on Saturday morning. Ryan Fredericks hit the winner but the team was hit by the blow of losing Bostock to an ankle injury.

That meant they needed a point against Pao de Acucar, but it wasn't to be.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We started off superbly. The first half performance against Twente was excellent and we could have been two or three up but disappointingly, we ended up losing 3-1.

"Heerenveen looked a decent side in their first game on Friday which made it a good win, but we lost John Bostock to injury and that was a blow because we're a young squad.

"We needed a draw and it looked on until that goal but you have to give credit to the Brazilian side.

"As I said, we've a young squad out here, one of the youngest in the tournament.

"You have to remember that we could have had the likes of Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker, Adam Smith and Jon Obika all here, but they are all out on loan and that's fantastic in their career development.

"Long-term, the experience of this tournament and the Eurofoot will be fantastic for these players."