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Blues U18s 2 Rep of Ireland U18s 0

Posted: Tue 07 May 2013

Demari Gray in action against the Rep of Ireland U18 side

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Demari Gray and Deqwon Ebanks were on target for Blues as they beat their Republic of Ireland counterparts in a friendly fixture at the weekend.

Both of the hosts’ goals were scored in the second half at St. Andrew’s.

“It was a very pleasing performance,” said Blues academy coach Steve Spooner.

“As well as being a good test for the players, it was good for us as coaches because it was quite a tactical match.

“Ireland were the better side in the first half and we could have gone a couple of goals down because we made one two mistakes, but our keeper has made two good saves to keep us in it.

“But we were much tighter in the second half, scored two goals and arguably could have scored a couple more.”

Blues put out a young starting line-up and Spooner was extremely happy with the way they acquitted themselves.

“We started with four schoolboys and only one second year on the pitch and the rest were first years, so we were very young,” said Spooner

“The application from the young schoolboys was very good and they did well to keep their shape, discipline and concentration.

“You can’t always dominate the ball but when you are out of possession you can learn to be better organised and that’s something we’re looking towards for next season.”