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U18s just gr-eight!

Our Under-18s hit back in style from a rare blip in form to beat Coventry City 8-1 at Spurs Lodge on Saturday.

Our Under-18s hit back in style from a rare blip in form to beat Coventry City 8-1 at Spurs Lodge on Saturday.

Rocked from their FA Youth Cup defeat to Portsmouth at the Lane and last week's shock defeat against MK Dons, the lads clearly meant business in this Premier Academy League fixture.

Harry Kane led the way with a hat-trick, Kudus Oyenuga netted twice and there were goals for Paul Jose Mpoku, Jake Nicholson and Dean Parrett.

The visitors - who arrived at the Lodge only having lost five of their 14 matches in the PAL and included five players with first-team experience - were swept aside in a magnificent first-half display.

The lads were 6-0 up at half-time after some sparkling football was matched by top-class finishing.

Oyenuga opened the scoring after 11 minutesby planting home a free header from Parrett's free-kick.

Kane quickly made it 2-0 with a fine solo effort. Parrett put pressure on the Coventry defence, a clearance was sliced to Kane on the edge of the box and he flicked the ball over his marker before volleying home from 12 yards.

It was 3-0 five minutes later with another fine strike. This time Kane spread the ball wide left to Mpoku, who ran at his full-back, cut inside and lashed low into the bottom corner.

Nicholson scores

Jamie Butler produced a fine save to deny Luke Bottomer in the 20th minute but the fourth goal was only a few minutes away and Tom Carroll released Parrett through on goal and he unselfishly squared for Oyenuga to tap in.

Oyenuga shot wide from close range before Nicholson (goal pictured above) struck home emphatically from 12 yards for 5-0 after 32 minutes.

Parrett was rewarded for his endeavours with the sixth goal just before half-time, in the right place to finish calmly after Kane headed down Nathan Byrne's cross.

It looked like the flow of goals might continue in the second half when Mpoku fizzed a low cross from the left byline that Kane slotted home just three minutes in.

However, Coventry dug in and finally stemmed the tide and pulled a goal back just after the hour when Cyrus Christie drilled home the loose ball from a corner.

Substitutes Anton Blackwood and Paul McBride combined to in the 80th minute but McBride was denied one-on-one by Michael Quirke.

There was still time for an eighth goal though as Byrne drove down the right and crossed deep, Mpoku controlled, got to the byline and crossed for Kane to ram home for his hat-trick.

Spurs U18s: Butler; Byrne, Durojaiye, Butcher, Carroll; Nicholson; Fredericks (McBride, 70), Parrett (Blackwood, 75), Mpoku; Kane; Oyenuga (Tapping, 87). Unused subs: Archer, Pritchard.