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01 October 2022 Venue Attendance

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Rotherham United
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Huddersfield Town
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Match Previews

TOWN’S U19s FACE ROTHERHAM UNITED ON SATURDAY

30 September 2022

Young Terriers travel to South Yorkshire in the EFL Youth Alliance League

- Huddersfield Town Under-19s play on Saturday 1 October 2022
- George Danaher’s side travel to Rotherham United in the EFL Youth Alliance
- 11am kick-off at Sheffield Hallam University

The Huddersfield Town Under-19s are back in action on Saturday 1 October, when they travel to play Rotherham United in the EFL Youth Alliance League at 11am.

The Young Terriers will continue their EFL Youth Alliance League run against Rotherham United on Saturday 1 October, 11am kick off, with the game taking place at The Graham Solley Sports Development Centre at Sheffield Hallam University (Bawtry Road, Sheffield, S9 1UA).

The youngsters will be looking to get back into winning ways in their game against Rotherham United this weekend after their 4-2 away defeat against Lincoln City last weekend.

George Danaher’s side will be in the all-black away kit and yellow ‘keeper kit for this fixture.

Supporters can attend the 11am kick-off at Sheffield Hallam University on Saturday free of charge!

Joseph Johnson previewed Saturday’s game:

Johnson started by discussing how he has found the season so far.

“The season has been very good so far performing with the Under-19s.

“Obviously I was injured at the start, but I have come back stronger, and I am playing well, we’ve had a couple of wins so far and I’m looking forward to getting more.”

The 17-year-old then spoke about his experience playing with the B Team against Wrexham during the week.

“I was delighted to start and be involved in that game, even though I was playing out of position.

“I thought my individual performance was good – we were solid at the back and supportive going forward, I had a couple of chances as well.

“I was happy to get 60 minutes in for my B Team debut and then to carry on training with the B Team this week has been great.”

Joseph then looked forward to the game against Rotherham United and the goals he has set for himself this season.

“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult game – I remember last season we had two defeats and the game at home we played really well but conceded some silly goals and obviously this year we want to change that and get the win.

“We know they are going to be dangerous in the air, so we are going to be on our game to try and prevent that from happening.

“I’m looking forward to the Youth Cup, I was involved last season but I want us to get further this season and my personal target are to try and push myself more in the B Team.”

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Match Reports

REPORT: ROTHERHAM 2-3 TOWN U19s

3 October 2022

Young Terriers victorious from battle in South Yorkshire

- Huddersfield Town Under-19s win at Rotherham United
- Hakeem Sandah puts side ahead with a brace
- Substitute Joseph Johnson hits the late winner

Town’s Under-19 side had to do the basics well to add to their attacking threat and come away with a 3-2 win at Rotherham United in the latest EFL Youth Alliance game of the season on Saturday morning.

A brace from midfielder Hakeem Sandah (pictured above), and a late winner from substitute Joseph Johnson, proved enough for George Danaher’s side, who had to rally after losing a two-goal lead in South Yorkshire.

The game started very well for the Young Terriers, who scored the opening goal inside two minutes without Rotherham properly getting hold of the ball once. A patient passing move, which saw the ball switch from left to right and back again on several occasions, gathered pace when captain Tom Iorpenda played Michael Parker into space down the left. The big centre back’s low cross evaded the defenders and fell into the path of Sandah, who beat the ‘keeper to his right whilst at full stretch.

The Millers were direct on the day and carried a real threat too. Goalkeeper Michael Acquah was first called into action in the seventh minute, pushing a near post effort away after a Rotherham free kick was not effectively cleared.

Acquah made an impressive stop five minutes later, getting down smartly low to his left to save a well-struck half volley hit from around 15 yards out after good wing play from the Rotherham number seven, who was the clear dangerman throughout the 90 minutes.

However, it was Town who bossed possession throughout the game, creating decent chances too. Midfielder Dylan Helliwell, playing at right back, was the next to try his luck, seeing his free kick from just outside the area deflected wide by the wall after a foul on Sandah.

Parker was in the action again soon after, sliding a terrific pass into the left channel to perfectly find Iorpenda’s forward run. He had forward Hazeem Bakre looking for the square pass in the area, but instead hit a tame effort with his weaker left foot that the goalkeeper easily claimed.

Acquah had another save to make from the tricky right winger before the half ended, but Town were back on the front foot as the second 45 began.

First a short corner was played to Iorpenda, whose tremendous cross was inches away from Bakre at the back post, then Helliwell saw another shot blocked – this time from inside the area – after excellent work from Johnson.

Town’s second goal came in the 66th minute – a sweeping move that started with a throw-in at right back. The youngsters quickly transitioned the ball up the field, with Sandah finding winger Fope Deru and, in turn, he used the overlapping run of full back Ajay Weston. Weston’s pull back was ideal for Sandah to charge onto and place into the far corner on his left foot for his second of the game!

Rotherham hit back quickly, with the winger getting a deserved goal. After robbing Parker of the ball in his own half, he skilfully ran past two defenders before finishing past Acquah. Although Danaher will have wanted a defender to stop the move in its infancy, it was an impressive strike from the home player.

It looked like Rotherham were in the ascendancy when they equalised with 10 minutes left. A ball lobbed over the top of Town’s defence allowed the number seven to race onto the ball ahead of Parker and Acquah to slam home, causing big celebrations among the home contingency.

However, after defending three Rotherham set pieces in fine style, the Young Terriers rallied impressively and scored the game’s final goal to take all three points. The move came down the left again, with Weston and Deru combining well to set substitute Tyree Sanusi into space; his pull back rolled to the penalty spot, where fellow sub Johnson strode onto the ball before thundering a shot past the goalkeeper and inside the far post! The celebrations were a joy to behold, with every outfield player joining JJ in the corner.

Rotherham tried to fight back in the last moments, but the best they could muster was a long-range effort that was easily held by Acquah.

The Under-19s are back in action on Saturday with a cup game at Bradford City.

Town’s team (4-2-3-1)
Michael Acquah; Dylan Helliwell, Archie Sheppard, Michael Parker, Ajay Weston; Tom Iorpenda (c), Daniel Vost; Hakeem Sandah, Temi Okuwa (Tyree Sanusi, 75’), Fope Deru; Hazeem Bakre (Joseph Johnson, 61’)

Goals
Hakeem Sandah (2’, 66’); Joseph Johnson (90’)

Bookings
Archie Sheppard (38’); Tyree Sanusi (90+3’)

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