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Kids Comeback Thwarts Hammers


12:01 11th February 2013

Under 18s twice come from behind.

A goal down at the break, the Wolves under 18s came back to beat West Ham in a closely contested game at Compton Park on Saturday.

But the Molineux youngsters had to do it all again after falling behind for a second time which, as coach Mick Halsall concedes, was down to poor defensive work.
Mick said of the match: “We started very well taking the game to West Ham from the start and playing some good attacking football. 

“On a saturated pitch the ball moved quickly and we could have been three goals up if we had been more clinical in front of goal. Ibrahim Keita had a couple of chances and young Ryan Rainey, an under 16 right-back making his first start at this level, headed wide from a corner when he was unmarked. 

“With the chances not taken we fell behind in unfortunate fashion to a deflected goal, albeit we should have recognised the danger earlier in our defending. It was down to naivety and hopefully the players will learn from it. 

“We didn’t manage to start the second half as well as we had the first but drew level with a good finish from Dominic Dell (pictured) from the edge of the box. 

“But once again we fell behind again with a poor decision proving costly as we allowed one of their players to shoot from distance to give West Ham the lead. 

“A change in personnel got us back on level terms as Jim Kellerman did really well on the ball playing a diagonal pass for luke Ifil who had replaced David Moli a few minutes earlier, Ifil with his back to goal took the ball down on his chest and get goal side of his marker to finish with a shot under the keeper. 

“This second goal gave us some real impetus and we managed to create some more half chances without any real success until around 80 minutes when a free-kick was played into the box.

“The West Ham keeper decided to come and challenge and with several players involved the ball broke loose in the air for Keita to head in unmarked from inside the six yard box.

“Overall I think we just about deserved to win the game against a West Ham side that, at times, moved the ball and kept possession really well. 

“It was good to give Rainey his first start and hopefully he will have learnt an awful lot about playing at this level in comparison to under 16 football. It was also pleasing to give a first start to Scott Dutton our first year goalkeeper who has had to wait a long time for a game at this level due to some bad luck with a couple of injuries which have slowed down his progress. 

“With Andre Streete coming in at left-back after a while out and doing well, it was a pleasing performance for the players to get a win under their belts.”

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