Mullin and D. Holmes net in away win
An own goal gave the Terriers the lead on the quarter hour mark, but Town’s youngsters deserve credit for their work rate. Birmingham’s goalkeeper threw the ball out but Town were ready, with midfielder Kedesh Goddard pressurising to win the ball back for his side. Striker Paul Mullin received the ball and crossed for teammate Duane Holmes in the area and his eventual shot took a huge deflection on its way into the net.
The second soon followed, with left back Mikey Starkey delivering an excellent cross from the left to pick out the run of Mullin, who got across his marker at the near post to flick the ball home.
A long throw brought about the third goal inside the half for the young Terriers, with the ball bobbling around inside the box before falling to midfielder Holmes, who hit a crisp half volley that was still rising as it entered the goal.
Birmingham had their goalkeeper sent off in the second half and never threatened a way back into the game
Academy Manager Mark Lillis was delighted with the performance and the result:
“It was a really good team performance that’s resulted in another 3-0 win away from home, following on from our win at Nottingham Forest last time out.
“Birmingham are a good side – they have some good players – but it’s another clean sheet, which is pleasing, and another win.
“We’re trying to create a winning mentality running throughout the Academy and into the Under-21s, which is part of the players’ development. When I came in last year the Under-18s were regularly losing game and we finished second bottom of the League, but this year we have changed the mentality and hopefully that will prepare them for the pressures of First Team football.”
Town’s team (4-2-3-1):
Ed Wilczynski; Mikey Starkey, William Boyle, Joe Wilkinson, Thomas Briggs; Duane Holmes, Danny Morton; George Conway, Kedesh Goddard (c), Jake Charles (Ben Holmes 78); Paul Mullin (Rekeil Pyke 80)