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New Boss Watches U18s Beat Fulham
Wednesday, 11th Jul 2018 17:17

Town's U18s continued their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Fulham at Playford Road on Wednesday in front of watching new first-team boss Paul Hurst and his assistant Chris Doig.

The visitors opened the scoring early on when Harvey Elliott hit a shot across Toby Egan which found the far bottom corner.

However, the young Blues hit back on 15 when a good run and ball across the box from Idris El Mizouni was turned into his own net by Cottagers' centre-back Connor McAvoy.

Egan did well to tip a towering header from Scott Armsworth over the bar and then at the other end, Town grabbed what proved to be the winning goal.

A fine ball from Thomas Hughes was fed through to Armando Dobra (pictured) by Kai Brown, and the diminutive attacker fired the ball into the roof of the net at the near post.

The dangerous Elliott hit the near post later on in the half and El Mizouni forced the visiting keeper into a good save but Town defended well and held on for the win, despite changing 10 of the starting XI at the interval.

U18s: Egan (Alley 46), Crowe (Ruffles 46), O'Reilly (Smith 46), Healey (Ronan 46), Henry (Ferenbach 46), Vega (Henry 69 (Clifford 80)), K Brown (Scott 46), El Mizouni (Foudil 46), Z Brown (Reed 46), Hughes (Barley 46), Dobra (Simpson 46).

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runningout added 18:11 - Jul 11
maybe he’s a lucky omen and watches loads more

bigolconnor added 18:24 - Jul 11
That second goal was fantastic.

TonyHumesIpswich added 20:30 - Jul 11
seeing who can play in the first team. good move with our small squad. shame we haven't got Ben Knight, he could have got regular footie this season.

guentchev added 08:04 - Jul 12
Maybe I'm wrong...but I think Hurst would move the likes of Dobra/Vega into the U23 set-up rather than moving then straight into the first team. My research may be incorrect...but there appears to be only 11 players (at present) in the U23 team (whilst the U18 team has 18 players). This is an ideal opportunity to promote some of the u18 side into the u23 and see how they do.

guentchev added 08:05 - Jul 12
Correction...that was meant to be 22 players in the U18 side.

Nick_Blue11 added 10:53 - Jul 12
Tony, its a shame Ben has gone but he wasn't even really starting for the U23 team last year. I'm not even sure he's 5'3 yet, he would get demolished in Championship football. He's probably 2/3 years off playing in the Championship

brassy added 13:32 - Jul 13
what happened to Drinnan mick said he was 1st team material as far as I know he has not had a kick yet ?

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