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Huddersfield Town U18
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Bradford City U18

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DANAHER GRATEFUL FOR CLUB’S BACKING

29 January 2021

Former Academy Scholar to take charge of Huddersfield Town Under-17s

- Academy staffing changes came following Danny Schofield’s step up
- George Danaher to take charge of Under-17s
- Under-17s host Bradford City on Saturday morning

Huddersfield Town’s new Under-17s Coach George Danaher feels confident knowing the club have faith in him to step up and lead the group.

Danaher’s appointment comes following Jon Worthington taking charge of the B Team and Under-19s Coach.

The 20-year-old has had a rapid rise since moving into coaching. Following his release as a player from the Club’s Academy two years ago, Danaher has worked alongside Worthy with the Under-17s, where he has helped ready the next group of Young Terriers.

Danaher spoke of his delight to be trusted with the role, coaching players only three years younger than himself, and his commitment to training the Young Terriers.

“It’s been an excellent opportunity for me. The main aim with every member of staff in the Academy is to improve the players, so whether I’m leading the whole group or leading individual sessions with players, the aim is always the same; to improve them and get them into the First Team.

“It’s been a fantastic journey for me so far. I’m in a position that I doubt many other clubs offer, in terms of being one of the youngest coaches to take charge leading this age group at this level. The Club have been fantastic with me from the moment that I came into the building. From when I was released as a player 18, through to now, they’ve been fantastic helping me with my coaching.

“I worked with Worthy day to day last year which really helped me, I was able to see what he was doing and learnt from that. Since Carlos has come in it’s a new way and a new style, which is exciting me - it’s exciting everyone at the Club - so I think it’s great for me as a young coach to be around these high-quality coaches and learn from them.

“The trust of the Club really gives me belief in what I’m doing, which I think is key. If you know what you’re doing and you know you’ve got people backing you, it makes life and work that much easier. The Club have been amazing, I work with people who I trust every day, and work with people who I know want to improve me, which is fantastic.”

George’s Under-17 side are back in action when they host Bradford City behind-closed-doors at Canalside on Saturday 30 January 2021; kick-off 11am.

Follow all the latest news from the Town Academy on its dedicated Twitter account - @htafcacademy!

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Match Reports

YOUNG TERRIERS PASS ‘DIFFERENT TEST’ WITH FLYING COLOURS

31 January 2021

Under-17s put in an assured performance against West Yorkshire rivals

- Huddersfield Town Under-17s fair well against an aggressive pressing side
- Goals from Sonny Whittingham, Ernaldo Krasniqi (x2) and Robson Shipley
- Young Terriers Coach George Danaher pleased with his side’s problem-solving skills

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s battled through a different kind of test on Saturday morning to come out on top against West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

The Young Terriers impressed from the get-go, scoring two goals that each displayed individual brilliance within the opening 10 minutes.

The first came after just 26 seconds, thanks to Sonny Whittingham’s intense pressing, which meant the midfielder stole the ball and curled an effort into the top corner from the edge of the area.

The second came in the form of a rocket from just inside the City half by Ernaldo Krasniqi, who spotted the ‘keeper off his line and finished accurately from range.

Bradford began to creep back into the game with an aggressive pressing style of play. However, the Young Terriers fared well against the challenge, shutting them out in the first half thanks a string of last-ditch blocks and excellent saves from Michael Roxburgh, and went on to increase the lead to three goals through Robson Shipley’s first goal since returning from injury.

Krasniqi scored his second and the Young Terriers’ fourth from the penalty spot shortly after the restart, although the four-goal lead didn’t last long as the visitors pulled back two in quick succession. They pushed for more before the final whistle, however once again the Under-17s showed calmness to defend as a unit and pull through their latest challenge.

Under-17s Coach George Danaher said the performance gave him plenty of reasons to be pleased.

“I thought on the whole there was some really good things and players reacting well to different situations that we don’t usually find ourselves in.

“Normally we would dominate the ball, although on this occasion Bradford came and pressed us really aggressively which was a new challenge for some of the players as we don’t usually face teams that play like that.

“As a result, the players had to do some problem solving on the pitch and keep their focus, which is a fantastic experience for them – they will take great learning from it.

“In the goals there was some individual brilliance which is always great to see. The first two were fantastic in terms of individuals showing what they can do on the ball.

“Defensively at times we were under pressure, you’re always going to get that in matches and sometimes you need your defenders and goalkeeper to help you out, and today the defenders made some crucial blocks and Michael Roxburgh made some fantastic saves.

“For me, this makes it a great game because there is loads to take from it that we did well and that we can improve on. It’s a process for lads, win or lose, we review the matches with them in the classroom and on the pitch to help them get better each week.”

The Under-17s are back in action on Tuesday, this time in the Clarets Cup away at Barnsley. Danaher feels like this a perfect opportunity for the players to go through the process of rest and recovery between matches in quick succession, similar to the First Team.

“This match will test if they can get ready to go again in a short time frame. Like we’re seeing with Carlos’ team in the Championship the games are coming thick and fast, so the lads need to learn how to recover, watch things like their lifestyle, diet and so on, so they’re ready for the next game.”

Town’s Under-17s team (4-3-3)

Michael Roxburgh; Luke Daley (Fopefoluwa Deru, 45’), David Adewoju, Josh Okpolokpo (c), Jeremy Stewart (Michael Stone, 62’); Ernaldo Krasniqi, Sonny Whittingham (Dylan Helliwell, 62’), Brodie Spencer; Donay O’Brien-Brady, Conor Falls, Robson Shipley (Darnel Baxter-Alleyne, 83’)

Unused subs

Andre Edionhon

Scorers

Sonny Whittingham 1’, Ernaldo Krasniqi 9’, 58’, Robson Shipley 33’

Final score

Huddersfield Town Under-17s 4-2 Bradford City

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