Stoke City 3-2 Under-18s
John McDermott took plenty of positives from the weekend even though our Under-18s lost out 3-2 at Stoke in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Nathan Oduwa opened the scoring with a fine individual goal but quickfire goals on 31 and 38 minutes put Stoke 2-1 up at the interval.
The home side scored again for 3-1 on 66 minutes before Oduwa was fouled and Ruben Lameiras slotted home from the penalty spot for 3-2 with seven minutes remaining.
Academy Manager John had praise for Under-16 players Joe Pritchard and Channing Campbell-Young on a day where the likes of Kenny McEvoy, Laste Dombaxe, Dominic Ball and William Miller were all involved in our Under-21s’ fine win against Arsenal.
“It was a good weekend for the Academy,” reflected John. “Shaq Coulthirst, Harry Winks, Jack Barthram and Grant Ward were all called up to train with the first team on Saturday, and that was a massive tonic for them. Ultimately, that’s what we’re about and it was great experience for them.
“With the lads going out on loan it left us a little thinner on the ground and, in that context, it was a great result for the Under-21s against Arsenal. We’ve also got 18 Under-16 players out in Latvia for the Riga Cup.
“We played really well in patches against Stoke and again, it was three disappointing defensive errors, but overall I was pleased with some good play. Channing Campbell-Young and Joe Pritchard, two Under-16 players and Nathan Oduwa were outstanding.
“Nathan’s opening goal was a solo effort where he cut inside the full-back and then inside the first centre-half before bending the ball into the top corner with his right foot, a fantastic goal.
“For our second goal, he did well again, dribbling into the box where he took the hit on the penalty. Ruben Lameiras slotted home the penalty, he’s also in a rich vein of form at the moment.”
Spurs U18s: Priestley, Campbell-Young, A McQueen, Ogilvie, Vincent-Young, Lesniak, McEneff, Pritchard (Lameiras, 58), Sonupe (Michael-Percil, 63), Oduwa, Akindayini (D McQueen, 68).