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Massimo rocks the Robins

Massimo Luongo grabbed the winner as our Under-18s clicked into gear to beat Bristol City on Saturday.

Massimo Luongo grabbed the winner as our Under-18s clicked into gear to beat Bristol City on Saturday.

In what is always one of the toughest away tests of the season, the lads faced a 7.30am departure and a three-hour coach trip before facing a City side sitting fifth in Group B of the Premier Academy League.

The home side were quick out of the blocks and took the lead in the seventh minute.

But the team came through that early pressure without any further damage and slowly got back into the game.

Jesse Waller Lassen levelled two minutes into the second half before Massimo (pictured above) fired home the what turned out to be the winner on the hour.

"This is always a tough one," said coach Alex Inglethorpe. "We meet for a 7.30am departure, so the lads are generally up by 6.30am and then it's a long trip to face a competitive Bristol team that always plays at a high tempo.

"And for the first 30 minutes, it looked like the players were all still on the coach.

"We went 1-0 down early on when Bristol caught us on a counter-attack and used the extra man well.

"They also had a couple of dangerous set-pieces and they had the momentum.

"We started to wake up towards the end of the half, started to enjoy more possession and create chances.

"That continued in the second half and we equalised early when Alex Pritchard delivered a free-kick from the right and Jesse Waller Lassen finished at the far post.

"We went 2-1 up soon after that. It started with good play from Jack Munns who got into the box and found Cameron Lancaster, his shot was blocked but the ball fell to Massimo Luongo, who finished well.

"We had chances to put the game out of reach after that, their goalkeeper made a couple of decent saves and Bristol had one late chance from a corner.

"Overall, I would say that we can do better and there are always lessons to be learned.

"It's an early start but if any of these lads go out on loan at somewhere like Exeter or Yeovil, it's something they'll have to deal with and be ready to play after a long journey."

Spurs U18s: Archer; Tapping (Dombaxe, 61), Durojaiye, Sheriff, Stewart; Waller Lassen, Munns, Luongo, Pritchard (McBride, 70); Lancaster, Oyenuga. Unused subs: Miles, Champion, Ekong.