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Derby U18s 1 Blues U18s 1

Posted: Mon 20 Jan 2014

George O'Neill

George O’Neill was on target for Blues’ U18s as they played out a hard-fought draw away at Derby County.

The Blues forward (pictured) gave his side a tenth minute lead after he latched onto Wes McDonald’s through ball and fired home a decisive shot.

But the hosts levelled proceedings mid-way through the first-half and neither side were able to add to their early strikes.

Academy coach Steve Spooner was pleased with the way his side battled against a much bigger side and how they coped with difficult playing conditions.
“It was a resolute performance throughout the team from front to back,” he said.

“We withstood immense attacking pressure from a much physically stronger Derby side and that is a great trait to have.

“The match was played on a very heavy and difficult surface and as a result it didn’t really reach great levels as a contest. But in terms of showing very good discipline away from home we did extremely well.

“Going forwards we created a few chances ourselves, but I would have liked us to have worked their keeper more in the second half.”