Blues under-18s kicked off their 2013/14 league campaign with a narrow 3-2 home win against Sheffield Wednesday.
George O’Neill gave Blues the perfect start at Wast Hills as he fired them into an eighth minute lead with an excellent finish.
But the visitors hit back with goals of their own either side of half-time to take a 2-1 advantage.
However, Blues pressed their visitors and found themselves level courtesy of Wednesday own goal mid-way through the second-half. George McGee (pictured) then scored a fantastic solo effort from 25 yards out to claim the win.
Academy coach Steve Spooner was happy with the win and aspects of the performance, but feels there is still room for improvement
“The performance wasn’t as good as it could have been, but for some of that you have to give credit to Sheffield Wednesday because they made it difficult for us and pressured us really hard,” he said.
“As a team we could have shown a bit more variation because we played it a bit safe at times, but that will come with experience.
“On the positive side our defensive shape out of possession was good and that’s something we’ve done a lot of work on.
“And the particularly pleasing thing was that we showed some resilience and staying power to stay in the game to come back from 2-1 down and win it.”
Blues under-18s: Trueman, Cogley, Bernard (Dunbar, 71), Cooper (McGee, 68), Lang, Harding, Gray, Deadfield, McFarlane (Mbunga, 65), O’Neill, Solomon.