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06 August 2022 Venue St. George's Park Attendance

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Burton Albion
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Huddersfield Town
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U19s COACH GEORGE DANAHER WORKING ON TERRIER SPIRIT

5 August 2022

Young Terriers start their league on Saturday 6 August 2022

- Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s travel to play Burton Albion
- U19s Coach George Danaher working on his team’s Terrier Spirit
- Fans can attend noon kick-off

Academy Coach George Danaher has been preparing his team to play Burton Albion on Saturday 6 August 2022 as Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s start their 2022/23 league campaign.

The game takes place at St. George’s Park; noon kick-off.

Speaking to htafc.com, Town’s Under-19s Coach George Danaher discussed what the aim of the pre-season was for the Young Terriers.

“The main aim for the whole pre-season for the new Under-19 group is trying to develop the Terrier Spirit, so the games that we put in place, games against two men’s teams and then a couple of academy teams, have really helped us practise that.

“I’m pretty extreme with pre-season, I try to test all areas of the players.

“So, not just physical, I try to test their mental capacity to try to deal with a bit of adversity and to deal with high challenge, whether that be a physical challenge or just being on the grass for the number of sessions that we have done, and the lads have coped with that really well. “

Saturday’s game against Burton Albion is the first league game of the season for Under-19s, one that Danaher has prepared them for.

“The overriding theme to prepare for this game has been the Terrier Spirit, so that’s on the pitch around winning duels, pressing the ball and being really aggressive in and out of possession.

“When we haven’t got the ball, how do we hunt the ball down together as a team and then when we have got the ball, how do we penetrate through teams to score.

“Off the pitch we have been working a lot on togetherness, teamwork - we went to the Lake Distract on a trip and that was a really good bonding session for the lads and the staff.

“There’s been a lot going on for the players.”

With the fixture taking place at England’s home, St. George’s Park, the Young Terriers Coach spoke about what that opportunity means for the players.

“Some of them have played at St. George’s Park before, but obviously the facilities are outstanding.

“The pitch will really suit us in terms of our style of play, in the sense of playing out from the back and keeping the ball on the floor.

“We’re always looking forward to going down there, it’s a top place to play.”

The game against Burton Albion will take place at St. George’s Park from noon, and fans are able to attend!

However, if you can’t make the game, you can keep up with the action with updates on our dedicated Academy Twitter account, @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports

REPORT: BURTON ALBION 1-4 TOWN U19S

7 August 2022

Young Terriers begin new EFL Youth Alliance season well

- New EFL Youth Alliance season is now under way
- Huddersfield Town Under-19s win at St. George’s Park
- Fope Deru (2), Temi Okuwa & Aaron Ojungu score

Town’s Under-19 side started the new EFL Youth Alliance season in positive fashion on Saturday, performing well in a 4-1 win over Burton Albion at St. George’s Park.

A brace from forward Fope Deru (pictured above), alongside goals from fellow attackers Temi Okuwa and Aaron Ojungu, sealed the victory for George Danaher’s Young Terriers, who played on the front foot throughout the 90 minutes.

This season, Town will not run an Under-17 side, with the new first year scholars instead playing alongside older players in the Under-19s. That allows the likes of 18-year-olds Charles Ondo and Michael Stone to lend their relative experience to 16-year-olds making their competitive debut, such as the four who started on Saturday.

The boys in blue and white stripes started on top, and full back Omari Mrisho had already got in down the right twice before the game’s opening goal in the fifth minute. The move started with goalkeeper Josh Mazfari and this time moved down the left, with centre back Ondo;s outside-of-the-boot pass releasing left back Michael Parker into space. He entered the box before playing a low ball across the face of goal, allowing 17-year-old Deru to slot the ball home at close range.

Town continued to make the running, with midfielders Tom Iorpenda and Daniel Vost dropping deep to help build attacks and wingers Cian Philpott and Michael Stone causing issues by coming infield to receive passes between the lines.

It was fitting that Town doubled the advantage in the 20th minute through 16-year-old Okuwa. Our pressure forced an error in possession on the edge of the Burton box, with Vost winning the ball and finding Temi. Although his first effort was saved, the ball fell to the midfielder, who made no mistake at the second attempt – sending a firm effort across the goalkeeper and inside the far post from a narrow angle.

When Town did have to defend, the players showed great Terrier Spirit to get back. However, the hosts did have chances, with the number nine missing the target when well positioned twice in the opening 45.

The striker missed again as Burton started the second half well and did pull one back in the 49th minute when a cross wasn’t properly cleared, allowing a forward to react fastest and turn the ball home at close range.

However, encouraged by Danaher and coaches Michael Tonge and Neil Bennett, the Young Terriers responded very well. Deru should have restored the two goal advantage in minute 53 after a superb run from Parker, but after doing the hard work in receiving the pass and sidestepping the last defender, he blazed well over the bar.

Deru made no mistake five minutes later to grab his second of the game. Iorpenda won the ball in midfield and his lofted pass released Parker into space; he once again found Deru, who caught the ‘keeper off guard with a low, quickly taken shot that arrowed inside the near post.

Town’s fourth came with 20 minutes left, and once again started with the goalkeeper. Within seven passes the ball had been worked to the right, where Deru put Mrisho into space. He rode the last challenge before driving at goal and squaring to 16-year-old substitute Aaron Ojungu, who swept home from point blank range.

Town’s team (4-2-3-1)
Josh Mazfari; Omari Mrisho, Freddie Fletcher, Charles Ondo, Michael Parker (Joseph Johnson, 75’); Daniel Vost, Tom Iorpenda (c); Michael Stone (Hazeem Bakre, 79’), Temi Okuwa (Aaron Ojungu, 62’), Cian Philpott (Tyree Sanusi, 79’); Fope Deru

Unused substitute
Sam Taylor

Goals
Fope Deru (5’, 58’); Temi Okuwa (20’); Aaron Ojungu (69’)

Booking
Michael Parker (29’)

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