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Baggies youngsters narrowly beaten by City

ALBION's under-18s were denied the chance to make it five games unbeaten as they were defeated 2-1 by Manchester City at the Palm Training Ground.

It was City who made the brighter start and went ahead inside three minutes through Nabil Touaizi’s strike.

They almost doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Felix Nmecha struck a free-kick from range only to see it crash against the crossbar and away to safety.

Two minutes later the Baggies carved out their best chance of the first half when Nick Clayton-Phillips’ effort was deflected into the path of Finn Azaz, but he couldn't keep his shot down.

20 minutes after the break Albion did manage to find an equaliser, though, when Clayton-Phillips cut inside from the left and curled the ball fantastically into the top right corner of the goal.

But the scores weren't level for long as Touaizi bagged his and City’s second of the game with 67 minutes on the clock.

The Baggies could have equalised again late on when Azaz played the ball across to substitute Callum Morton, but his side-footed attempt went inches over and City held on to claim all three points.

ALBION: Pierce, Harmon (Dyce 72), Healy, Martinez, White (Meredith 62); Brown, Wilding; Asomugha, Azaz, Clayton-Phillips; Walker (Morton 62).

Substitutes: Cann, Soule.

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