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Lads power ahead in NextGen

Our Under-19s beat PSV 4-1 in the NextGen Series at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday.

Our Under-19s beat PSV 4-1 in the NextGen Series at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday.

Two goalscoring bursts accounted for our Dutch opponents and made it three wins and a draw in four matches in the all-new European competition.

It means the lads stretch their lead at the top of Group Four having played a game more than Inter Milan and FC Basel respectively.

Cristian Ceballos and Milos Veljkovic scored after 20 and 23 minutes for 2-0 before Peter Van Ooyen pulled a goal back for PSV before the break.

Alex Pritchard and Kudus Oyenuga then made it 4-1 with goals after 51 and 53 minutes to put the issue beyond doubt.

The players were soon into their stride on a sunny afternoon at the training ground.

Tomislav Gomelt, Ceballos and Souleymane Coulibaly all had efforts on goal inside the first 15 minutes before Gomelt and Ceballos combined for the opening goal.

Gomelt threaded through Ceballos right of centre and the Spanish midfielder skipped past goalkeeper Jesse Berktrams before tapping into the empty net.

It was soon 2-0 as Daniel Day's burst forward earned a corner, Pritchard curled to the back post and Veljkovic headed back across Berktrams into the far corner.

PSV came back into the game in the final 10 minutes of the half and were rewarded when Elvis van Overbeek lobbed a pass through to Van Ooyen, who just got to the ball ahead of the advancing Jonathan Miles and slid home.

Tim Sherwood's team were straight onto the front foot in the second half.

Massimo Luongo - arguably the pick of the team - broke forward from midfield before releasing Coulibaly, who was upended in the box.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot and Pritchard made no mistake, firing high into the top corner to evade Berktrams' dive.

Less than a minute later and it was 4-1 as substitute Oyenuga capitalised on a defensive mistake and curled home from the edge of the area.

Play became slightly disjointed in the final half-hour, although the action continued in both penalty areas.

Luongo tested Berktrams at his near post before Miles produced a fine save to palm away from Thomas Honsten in a crowded box.

Day was denied a fine individual goal on 65 minutes when he broke clear of two defenders down the left, contined his run into the box and let fly, only for Berktrams to tip his effort onto the crossbar.

PSV had a goal disallowed and tested Miles again as they started to get on top, although at the other end Oyenuga, Coulibaly and finally Angol could have increased the margin of victory.

Spurs: Miles; Barthram, Veljkovic, Stewart, Day; Luongo, Dombaxe (Angol, 72); Gomelt (Oyenuga, 46), Pritchard, Ceballos (Lancaster, 65); Coulibaly. Unused subs: Granger, Munns.

PSV: Berktrams, Brenet, Koch, Hendrix, Kardes, Honsten, van Overbeek, Ozbozkurt, van der Hurk, van Ooyen, Maria.