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Spurs U18s 1-2 Villa - missed chances prove costly

Our Under-18s were made to pay for missed chances as Aston Villa ran out 2-1 winners in the Barclays U18 Premier League on Saturday.

The lads were looking for back-to-back home victories having beaten Stoke City the previous week, but despite having the upper-hand for much of the game against Villa, they didn’t take their opportunities and had just a late Souleymane Coulibaly to show for their endeavours.

The visitors took the lead after nine minutes and added a second on 71 minutes when Alex McQueen put through his own net. Coulibaly headed home 10 minutes from time and although we had the better of the closing stages, we just couldn’t force an equaliser.

“As always against Aston Villa, it was one of our toughest league games that we’ve had this season,” said Academy Manager, John McDermott.

“It was a good game in the first half. They scored early on after some poor defending by us from a right-wing cross, but then we had some real prime chances throughout the game, just not enough on target.

“Villa then scored against the run of play with a cross that should have been cleared better but which ended up as an own goal and then we pulled one back. William Miller forced their keeper into a good save shortly after coming on and from the resulting corner, Souley headed home at the far post.

“Villa were hanging on a little at the end as we had some very good chances that we didn’t convert,” he added. “We were disappointed that we didn’t get a least a point, if not all three.

“But I wasn’t too disappointed with the performance. They had three strikes on target and scored twice and at the moment, we are getting caught on counter-attacks after dominating possession and chances.”

Spurs U18s: McGee, Michael-Percil (Ward 81), Ball, McQueen, Ogilvie, Dombaxe, Onomah (Winks 80), Lameiras (Miller 71), McEvoy, Coulthirst, Coulibaly.