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Under 18s On Top In Derby Clash


16:54 16th September 2013

Fourth win out of five for youngsters.

The Molineux under 18s made it four wins out of five at the weekend after a comprehensive victory over arch rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The youngsters have bounced back well after suffering a 6-1 defeat against Manchester United to record a home win over West Ham and this away victory over the Baggies.

Coach Mick Halsall confirmed: “This was another good result for the under 18s which they thoroughly deserved after putting in another strong performance. 

“We did not start very well in the way of being a little off the pace  perhaps due to missing a game last week. Although we looked compact we allowed West Bromwich a chance early in the game and Scott Dutton was called upon to make a brave save coming out to block near the penalty spot after a Walsall player was put through. 

“It was then a matter of us gaining some time on the ball as we worked ourselves into the game with neither team gaining any real advantage over the other. 

“We took the lead thanks to some good work down our left from Ceiran Keane who played an intelligent ball down the line for Ben O’Hanlon who showed great commitment to get the ball across for Ibrahim Kieta who once again showed some quality as he turned and finished with a low drive into the bottom left hand corner. 

“This gave us a half-time lead which could have been more if we had shown a bit more willingness to attack our set plays better. So, during the break, we discussed what we needed to continue to do to make sure that we went on to win the game.

“Everything we discussed the players did as they stepped the tempo up and scored another three good goals. Declan Weeks with a very good drive from 20 yards for our second after good play down our left again. 

“Our third goal came from our players showing more determination, firstly to win a drop down ball by Weeks who hooked the ball on for Keita to chase and out muscle Albion’s centre half and crack in a low shot past their goalkeeper. Then the fourth after Peter Smith played an early ball across the box for Tendai Matinyadze to arrive late and connect with a glancing header that went in at the far post. 

“At this stage we could have had three more goals as we hit the post before West Brom’s keeper made another two excellent saves.

“This was a big test for the players as it always is against Albion but once again our youngsters showed great commitment to the team and each other throughout the game which has been a big factor from them so far this season.”

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