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Blues U18s 1 Barnsley U18s 1

Posted: Tue 04 Dec 2012

Blues academy coach Steve Spooner

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Blues U18s were held to a 1-1 draw by their Barnsley counterparts at the weekend.

The young Tykes took a first half lead, but Blues hit back mid-way through the second half courtesy of a Kyle McFarlane strike that earned his side a deserved share of the points.

Academy coach Steve Spooner (pictured) felt it was no less than his team deserved after seeing them dominate a large portion of the play.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” he said. “There was great tempo to our game and our passing was very good. I just felt we lacked a little bit in the final third during the first half. 

“We went behind through our own mistake when we were a little bit loose with the ball and their lad has nipped in and put it in the net, but I felt for 75 per cent of the game we bossed it.

“With our second half performance I thought there was only going to be one winner and we got a deserved equaliser through substitute Kyle McFarlane who scored with a cross come shot that caught their goalkeeper unawares. I think we’d had sufficient chances in the second half to have won the game, so I accepted that little bit of fortune.

“I was particularly pleased with the other side of our game. Our midfielders were getting to second balls and our work rate was good and I thought our defensive shape as a team was much better. It was something we had worked on in training. They all worked their socks off and did what we asked of them.” 

Blues U18s: Nick Townsend, Josh Cogley, Bobby Moseley, Reece Brown, Jean Kalenda (Nat Kelly, 57), James Fry, Charlee Adams, Liam Truslove, Deqwon Ebanks, George McGee (Kyle McFarlane, 65), Foday Nabay.     
Subs not used: Callum Preston, Fisayo Adarabioyo, Josh Ginnelly.