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Huddersfield Town U18
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29 March 2021

George Danaher’s side to host Grimsby Town

- Young Terriers in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Semi-Final
- Youngsters host Grimsby Town on Tuesday 30 March 2021
- Live match updates available on Academy Twitter from noon

Huddersfield Town's Young Terriers are in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Semi-Final action on Tuesday (30 March 2021) when they host Grimsby Town at Canalside.

The Young Terriers beat Walsall 7-1 in the Quarter-Finals in February 2021 thanks to goals from Conor Falls, Etienne Camara, Pat Jones (x2) and Brahima Diarra (x3).

Reflecting on his side’s Quarter-Final victory, Under-17s Coach George Danaher was quick to comment on the youngsters’ performance.

“These cup competitions are a good experience; we controlled the game from start to finish and we were ruthless in attack.

“That’s really important and it’s something we’ve been working on so it’s fantastic to score the goals that we did.

“The defensive duties don’t go unnoticed also. The back four did fantastically in the game and that helped us build into our attacks and win the game.”

He also spoke about the Under-17s’ game programme, in which they play a mixture of development matches, focused on training exercises, and performance matches, where the main focus is the win, and how this helps develop the Young Terriers into professionals.

“At every age you want to be playing the best games, and as you progress through the rounds in a competition like the EFL Youth Alliance Cup, the better games there are.

“As staff, we put the demand on the players to win these Cup games and by adding that pressure we’re helping build the games up for the players and recreate that feeling of a real cup tie in men’s football.

“We won’t accept conceding from set pieces and not having good balance behind the ball and that’s what the cup games are about if you want to win.

“When it comes to the development games, we try and experiment with things. Whether that’s implementing our training exercises in the game or learning to play through different scenarios and playing really brave football.”

The winner of Tuesday's Semi-Final will go on to face Rochdale in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Final.


The game kicks off at 12noon and you can follow match build-up as well as live updates over on the official Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports


30 March 2021

Narrow defeat in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Semi-Final

- Young Terriers lose to Grimsby Town
- Youngsters beaten in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Semi-Final
- Myles Bright scored for Town

The Young Terriers were narrowly beaten by Grimsby Town at Canalside on Tuesday afternoon, exiting the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

They controlled the majority of the 90 minutes on a hot and sunny afternoon, but were unable to find a second equaliser after twice going behind.

Grimsby actually started the game the brighter of the two sides, causing problems for the Young Terriers with their high press. Their press led to centre back David Adewoju bringing down visiting striker Edwin Essel, resulting in a penalty for the visitors.

Harvey Tomlinson stepped up to take it and sent Gio Bellagambi the wrong way, giving the Mariners the lead in the fifth minute.

Town responded well to falling behind, with Etienne Camara taking aim from range and firing over. Striker Conor Falls quickly followed suit, but saw his effort deflected wide.

The Young Terriers’ pressure paid off in the 12th minute, with Myles Bright bringing them back on level terms. He collected a great pass from Camara before spinning towards goal and firing the ball across the Pat Boyes and into the far corner.

Now on top, more chances followed for Town with both Brahima Diarra and Ernaldo Krasniqi looking to push their side ahead. Boyes denied Diarra at close range, whilst Krasniqi’s effort went wide of the far post.

The third, and final, goal of the game fell to the visitors in the 39th minute when Jaz Goundry headed home a free-kick against the run of play.

The home side made one change at the break, with Ben Midgley replacing Ernaldo Krasniqi.

Midgley instantly got involved in the action, winning Donay O’Brien-Brady’s deep cross, but his header went off target.

Second half substitute Evander Grubb also threw himself into action right away after his arrival, pouncing on an inside pass. Unfortunately, his low cross went wide.

Town continued to apply pressure in as the clock counted down, but weren’t able to find a second equaliser, seeing them defeated at the Semi-Final stage.

Young Terriers Team (4-3-3)

Gio Bellagambi; Luke Daley, David Adewoju (Evander Grubb, 72’), Loick Ayina (c), Brodie Spencer; Etienne Camara, Brahima Diarra, Ernaldo Krasniqi (Ben Midgley, 46’); Myles Bright, Conor Falls, Donay O’Brien-Brady

Unused Subs

Nicholas Bilokapic, Sonny Whittingham, Neo Eccleston


Myles Bright, 12’

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