Report: Blues Under-18s 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s

It was a real challenge and a quality game.

Martyn Olorenshaw

Blues Under-18s picked up their first win of the season against Tottenham Hotspur at Wast Hills Training Ground on the final Saturday of August.

The hosts struck late as they overturned a half-time deficit in an entertaining Premier League South game where the lead changed hands three times.

Midfielder Rico Patterson put Blues ahead after just seven minutes as he whipped a low free-kick around a Lilywhites wall, but two goals from Riley Owen turned the match on its head going into the break.

However, Spurs were unable to build on their advantage and as the pressure mounted an equaliser came 20 minutes from time. Possession was turned over in the middle of the park, with Kieran Wakefield slipped through before he finished cooly.

This set up a thrilling finale and with the clock edging towards 90, a well-worked move created the chance for George Hall to cross for Jobe Bellingham who headed home the winner.

Speaking to after the game, Martyn Olorenshaw gave his reaction to a brave performance that got its rewards.

He said: "I was really pleased. We were very dominant second-half, we were excellent. First-half there were patches of good stuff and there was a moment where Spurs were quite good as well, so it was a real challenge and a quality game.

"We just ground them down eventually and to get the winner at the end is always a nice moment."

The Lead Under-18s Coach then detailed how his side improved after the break, giving them control of the game and the chance to take all three points.

Olorenshaw explained: "We pressed higher up the pitch and put a bit more pressure on them and they kept giving us the ball back. We moved the ball well, our shape was good and we sustained the ball really high for long periods. 

"By the end, the goal was coming. The manner of the third goal was really pleasing as it was how we want to attack and things that we have worked on."

Blues: Brooks, Fogarty, Nguepissi, Browne, Patterson, Manton, Sullivan, James, Wakefield, Hall, Bellingham.

Substitutes not used: Brooks, Khela, Ogor, Oni, Home.

Goalscorers: Patterson 7, Wakefield 70, Bellingham 89.