Report: Academy hit eight

Report and reaction from a big win for our U19s side…

Jaiden White

Harriers Academy were on the right side of an 8-0 triumph at home to Romulus this week, writes Elliot Ball.

The Reds were keen to avoid defeat after Romulus were 2-0 victors in the reverse fixture, the only team to take any points off the team from Aggborough this season.

Romulus were lucky to escape early on when Smith struck the crossbar with an outrageous effort, but the footballing gods deserted the away side when Cartwright forced the Romulus goalkeeper into a smart save, only for White to net the rebound.

The second goal quickly followed when Kang was left free at the back post to tap home into an empty net. For the third, Fenlon was alert to score the rebound after Brooks hit the crossbar with his effort from a cleverly worked set-piece.  Just before half time, Harriers made it 4-0; breaking at pace, Cartwright squared a fantastic ball to Smith who was able to compose himself before finishing into the bottom corner.

After the teams had emerged for the second half, more fantastic football was to follow. First, Dutton instinctively played a back heeled pass to Cartwright who made his finish look easy and soon after, substitute Itai Allen scored from an acute angle with his first touch after coming on.

Harriers seventh and eighth goals came in the closing ten minutes; Williams played a brilliant one-two, racing past the Romulus defence to meet the ball and finish before Cartwright hit a venomous freekick into the top corner to round off the day’s scoring and boost Harriers goal difference by a considerable margin.

Every day we’re out in training improving…”  James Dutton

The win leaves the Reds in second place with two games in hand and only a single point separating them from top spot in The National League U-19s Alliance Division H.

Team Manager Ryan Simonds reflected on a terrific performance from his players, saying: “I’ve just said to the boys I think it was defensively and going forward the best performance this season.

“All the credit goes to the boys for how they apply themselves in training and that’s what happens when you apply yourself in training, you get performances like that.”

Defender James Dutton added: “I thought we played well, we moved the ball from the start, and we knew what they were going to do, they were going to come and press and be feisty.

“It’s not just about the goals, it’s the way we played building up to the goals, everybody getting involved, moving the ball side to side and finishing it off, which we’ve struggled with in the past.”

The competition and work-rate within the camp is growing each week, as Dutton commented: “Every day we’re out in training improving, working on our shape, our passing and then coming together in a game and showing that we can do it and keep improving.”

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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