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Under-18s suffer defeat at Chelsea

20 April 2015

George Cater on target for Baggies

ALBION Under-18s were beaten 3-1 at Chelsea on Saturday in the elite group play-offs in the Barclays U18 Premier League.

The title-chasing Blues took the lead in the 19th minute when Miro Muheim finished calmly into the bottom corner from just inside area.

The hosts then doubled their lead nine minutes before the break as Ugbo fired past Baggies ‘keeper Matt Hall from 18-yards.

Chelsea added a third in the 86th minute, Mukhtar Ali curling home a free-kick from 25-yards.

Aaron Danks’ men grabbed a consolation in added time thanks to George Cater’s speculative finish from long-range, but it was a result and a performance which left the Under-18 boss disappointed.

“Saturday was another good test for our players, competing against a very good side,” said Danks.

“We were disappointed with our first-half display – we didn’t show the characteristics that we pride ourselves on.

“Our passing wasn’t to the standards that we are used to and as a result of that we couldn’t control the game as much as we have been able to in recent matches.

“I was pleased with the response in the second-half, we were tactically better but we still lacked the technical levels we strive for.

“Credit to Chelsea, their movement caused us problems and we will have to watch the video back to learn and move forward.

“There is no game this weekend so it will be a case of getting the boys back in to train and improve ahead of our two remaining fixtures against Spurs and Everton.”

Albion: Hall, Sweeney (Soleman 78’), Melbourne, Field (Okoh 60’), Fitzwater, McCourt, Scrivens, Elbouzedi, Cater, Smith, Edwards.
Unused subs: Moran, Dool, Wilding.

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