Town’s Under-19s win latest Central League Cup fixture
- Town’s Under-19s beat Rotherham United 3-2 away from home
- Goals from Mustapha Olagunju, Kian Harratt and Will McCamley earned the win
- First Team midfielder Reece Brown started for Leigh Bromby’s side
Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s produced a dominant display to overcome Rotherham United’s Reserves 3-2 in the Central League Cup at the Roundwood Sports Complex.
Goals from Mustapha Olagunju and Kian Harratt saw the Young Terriers race into a two-goal lead, before Wilfred Peel-Evans’ deflected drive reduced the arrears.
Will McCamley added a third for the away side on the stroke of half-time with a sublime strike from the edge of the area. Substitute Haroon Salah then halved the deficit, but Town saw the game out with comfort to claim the victory.
Town began the game in the ascendancy and were rewarded for their early dominance via a beautifully crafted free-kick. Reece Brown set Aaron Rowe free down the right channel, who cut the ball across for Olagunju to blast home from close-range.
The Young Terriers continued to create the better of the chances in the opening period and were inches away from doubling their lead when a Will McCamley cross went all the way through to Rowe, who unleashed a powerful effort that came crashing off the crossbar.
Bromby’s side were picking their opponents apart at will and shortly after the 20-minute mark they extended their advantage to two. A superb touch and pass from Micah Obiero set Harratt through on goal and he made no mistake in slotting past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Despite their early dominance, Town were caught out at the back when a loose pass found Peel-Evans, whose effort deflected past Giosue Bellagambi into the corner.
That goal gave the home side some confidence and they should have got back on level terms when Nassim Kherbouche was adjudged to have brought down Jerome Greaves in the box. Jacob Gratton stepped up to take the spot-kick but blazed his effort over the bar.
Following that let off, Town then managed to wrestle back control of the game and began to fashion open an abundance of opportunities. First, Rowe’s wicked ball across the six-yard box was inches away from finding the boot of Harratt, before McCamley then saw a close-ranged effort saved by Laurence Bilboe.
Five minutes before the interval, the Young Terriers eventually reclaimed their two-goal advantage. A well-worked short corner made its way to McCamley on the edge of the area and he made no mistake in picking out the top corner with an exquisite curling strike.
The second period began in a similar pattern to the first with Town on the front foot and Bromby’s side should have added a fourth when Sam Sharrock-Peplow’s cross was spilled into the path of McCamley, who was unable to convert for his second of the afternoon.
It was a half of very few clear-cut chances, but the home side again managed to reduce the deficit once again when substitute Salah slotted past Bellagambi.
Despite holding a one goal lead heading into the final stages, it was Town who continued to press forward for that elusive sixth goal of the afternoon. Obiero will feel he should have done better to convert a cut-back from Rowe, before substitute Remi Thompson saw two decent efforts saved by Bilboe.
Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s (4-2-3-1)
Giosue Bellagambi; Sam Sharrock-Peplow, Nassim Kherbouche, Mustapha Olagunju, Ilounga Pata; Josh Austerfield (C), Reece Brown; Will McCamley (Bunjah Conteh 64’), Micah Obiero, Aaron Rowe; Kian Harratt (Remi Thompson 60’)
Mustapha Olagunju (6’), Kian Harratt (20’), Will McCamley (39’)
Rotherham United Reserves 2-3 Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s