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U18s hauled back by Chelsea

There never seems a dull match when our Under-18s are in Premier Academy League action at the moment.

They've recently won 6-4 against Leicester, lost 4-2 at Reading, they came back from 2-0 down to beat Bristol City 3-2 last week and now led 2-0 only to be hauled back by Chelsea on Saturday.

Jack Munns and Ruben Lameiras put them in the driving seat in the first half but the Blues responded with two goals after the break.

Alex Inglethorpe's team managed to respond again in the latter stages after losing their lead but it ended a point apiece.

"To be honest, we didn't want the first half to end," reflected coach Alex.

"We were in the ascendancy and had big moments where we could have extended the lead.

"As we all know, in game like this, the third goal is all-important. If we'd manage to score it, then a 3-0 lead should be enough.

"But at 2-1, it's a different game, and that's what happened.

"We went 1-0 up after 12 minutes with a really good team goal. It started with Billy Granger in goal and went through Dominic Ball, Nabil Bentaleb, who turned it around the corner for Jack Barthram, he went wide to Grant Ward who crossed and Jack Munns arrived to steer the ball home. It was a 'total football' goal.

"The second goal came after 21 minutes when a corner was cleared to Ruben Lameiras and he managed to weave his way through before curling home from 15 yards.

"Chelsea made changes at half-time and credit to them, they affected the game and managed to take the initiative off us.

"They equalised 10 minutes in the second half from a free-kick and then caught us on the counter-attack after 75 minutes. It was a bit scrappy from our point of view but a decent finish.

"To the their credit, the lads responded well. In a game like that you'd usually see the team coming back from 2-0 down going on to win, but we created the better chances to win the game.

"We were forced into a couple of changes ourselves after injuries but but Sam Smith and Victor Zapata-Caicedo did well for us.

"Overall, it was a good game played at a good level."

Spurs U18s: Granger; Barthram, Ball, Modeste (A McQueen, 60), Stewart, Bentaleb, Lameiras, Munns, Ward, Coulthirst (Zapata-Caicedo, 46), D McQueen (Smith, 65).