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Match Report - Bristol City U19 v Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 - 29 Mar 2003

U18 Academy South


Bristol City U19s 2-3 Spurs

Pat Holland rightly praised an inspirational performance from Mark Yeates as our Under-19s beat Bristol City 3-2 on Saturday.

The Irish midfielder netted a hat-trick including a late winner after City had hauled back a 2-0 deficit to level at 2-2.

Coach Pat takes up the story: "It was nice to get a result but what was more important was the performance.

"I've not been particularly pleased with how we've played lately but the performance was very good and we had a very young side, all under 18 with a couple of schoolboys as well in Ifil and O'Hara.

"Both sides tried to play on what was a poor pitch, both sides had a go, but in fairness the player who changed the game was Mark Yeates.

"He opened the scoring with a header from a good cross from Owen Price after about seven minutes and we went in 1-0 up.

"We started the second half brightly as well and Yeatesy scored the second, beat the man and slid it past the goalkeeper and I though that would be it.

"But they went straight down the other end, scored, that lifted them and they equalised with about 12 minutes to to.

"Suddenly we're thinking it's a shame because we could end up losing but Mark's beat a couple of players and rifled it into the top corner. It was a special day for him, a young boy in the youth team but he can look back and say he was the difference."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Wettner (Francis, 80), Barnett, Foster, Dobson, Price (Perry, 80), O'Hara, Malcolm, Yeates, Black. Unused sub: Burch.