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20 August 2022 Venue Millers Oils High Performance Complex Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Huddersfield Town
1 - 2
Salford City
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19 August 2022

Young Terriers back in action on Saturday 20 August

- Huddersfield Town Under-19s play Salford City on Saturday
- Fans welcome to attend
- Goalkeeper Michael Acquah discusses fixture

Goalkeeper Michael Acquah is looking forward to the challenge when the Under-19s welcome Salford City on Saturday 20 August.

George Danaher’s Young Terriers host the Ammies in a friendly at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex; 11am kick-off.

Sitting down with, Acquah spoke about how he found the 2022/23 pre-season.

“Pre-season was frustrating for me as I was out for six weeks with an injury.

“I think I’ve come back well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now.

“In training, I’ve been working on my right foot - I’m trying to increase the rate of kicking on it.”

Recent weeks have seen the ‘keeper train alongside the First Team, as well as travel with them on a match day.

“Being around the First Team has been a really good experience for me.

“Travelling with them, seeing how they prepare for a match day, being around them in the canteen – it all helps.

“Training alongside them, seeing how they train, the standards that they hold themselves to, and the intensity that they work at – it makes you eager to try and match that.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Salford, the 18-year-old commented on what he expects.

“It’ll be a good challenge for us – Salford are a strong side.

“We’ve played them before, so we have an idea of how they play.

“As a squad, we’ve been strong in recent games.

“We’ve played against senior teams and got positive results, so we know we can do well.”

The youngster also took the time to discuss his aims and ambitions for the season.

“To play as many B Team games as possible!

“Perhaps a loan as well to help with my development.

“Basically, a lot of game time – I want lots of minutes this season.”

Fans are welcome to come to the training ground to support the Young Terriers from 10.30am. The game will be played on one of the pitches over the canal, but supporters are asked to report to the Millers Oils High Performance Complex as normal to gain entry to the match. Limited parking will be available at the training ground on a first come, first served basis.

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


20 August 2022

More time on the pitch in weekend friendly

- Huddersfield Town Under-19s defeated 2-1 by Salford City XI
- Fope Deru the scorer for the Young Terriers
- Donay O’Brien-Brady makes a successful return from injury

With no EFL Youth Alliance game scheduled this weekend, many Huddersfield Town Under-19 players got more time on the pitch in a friendly against a Salford City XI at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex on Saturday morning.

George Danaher’s side featured players of a myriad of ages and allowed midfielder Donay O’Brien-Brady to make a successful return from injury in the first half.

A slow start cost them in the end, with the Young Terriers unable to make up a two goal deficit despite Fope Deru’s second-half strike and more than the lion’s share of possession as the game wore on.

Town could have been behind inside the first few minutes when midfielder Sonny Whittingham gave up possession in a dangerous position, only for goalkeeper Michael Acquah to make a good initial save before a Salford man blazed the rebound over the crossbar.

At the other end, left back Michael Parker was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after receiving a late challenge – his determination to stay on his feet seemingly costing him.

It was, however, a below par start from Town’s youngsters, compounded by the 32nd minute opener for Salford. Acquah played a short pass to otherwise impressive centre back Charles Ondo, but neither player saw the opposition striker lurking and he nipped in to slide the ball into the empty net.

Salford doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when a forward guided a great header just inside the far post from a cross from Town’s left side.

The visitors hit the crossbar in the opening moments of the second half, but Town did improve thereafter – with a change to a back three paying dividends in terms of possession.

Northern Ireland Under-19 striker Conor Falls (pictured above) had already seen a low shot saved before playing a massive role in Town’s 53rd minute goal. After receiving a pass on the left edge of the Salford penalty area, the forward did well to ride a challenge before running down the dead ball line and patiently waiting for support to arrive. When it did, he timed his square ball perfectly for 17-year-old Fope Deru to stride onto and slam home at the far post.

Town dominated play after reducing the deficit and showed plenty of Terrier Spirit in their hard work and never-say-die attitude, but couldn’t find a way back into the game in blustery conditions. The closest that Danaher’s men came to an equaliser was from a corner, but skipper Tom Iorpenda hit a low shot inches wide from a narrow angle.

Regardless, it was more important minutes under the belt of Town’s young players as they become more and more accustomed to the Club’s style of play.

Town’s team (4-2-3-1)
Michael Acquah; Fope Deru, Freddie Fletcher (Aaron Ojungu, 78’), Charles Ondo, Michael Parker; Sonny Whittingham Tom Iorpenda (c); Michael Stone (Joseph Johnson, 57’), Donay O’Brien-Brady (Temi Okuwa, 46’), Cian Philpott; Conor Falls

Unused substitute
Francis Hurl

Fope Deru (53’)

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