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Goals galore for Academy internationals

ACADEMY youngsters Morgan Rogers and Louie Barry scored five goals between them to help their respective nations earn convincing victories on Tuesday.

Rogers grabbed a hat-trick as England Under-17s beat Belgium 6-2 to lift the Syrenka Cup in Poland. 

The 16-year-old front man, who was an unused substitute in Albion’s Carabao Cup win over Mansfield, was also named the tournament’s top goalscorer having netted in a 6-0 dismantling of Norway and a narrow 2-1 win against Portugal. 

Barry, 15, also had a day to remember - firing a brace as Republic of Ireland Under-16s claimed a 4-2 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia.

And Academy Manager Mark Harrison says the duo should be duly proud of their goalscoring exploits. 

“Everyone at the Academy is delighted for Morgan and Louie,” said Mark. 

“For Morgan to score a hat-trick in a tournament final against a team of Belgium’s quality is great credit to him. 

“All of his goals were excellent finishes and to receive an award for top goalscorer is a fantastic achievement. 

“It was also great to see Louie Barry continue to score goals at international level, this time for the Republic of Ireland. In the last few months Louie has consistently scored at international level and is continuing to reap the rewards for his hard work.

“I’m also delighted for Morgan’s and Louie’s parents as they have committed a lot to supporting them through their journey so far. 

“It’s also a reflection of all the hard work put in by all the staff at the Academy, especially as both players have been registered with us since were under-9s. 

“It is recognition of our philosophy of developing our own local talent, although there is still much work to do.”

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