Young Terriers narrowly beaten in five goal thriller
- Town’s Under-19s narrowly beaten by Aberdeen
- Triallist and Remi Thompson on the score sheet
- Two triallists start for the Young Terriers
Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s were defeated 3-2 by Aberdeen at PPG Canalside this afternoon.
After leading at the break courtesy of a goal from a Trialist, the away side responded with two goals to turn the game on its head with 20 minutes to play.
Substitute Remi Thompson then put Town back on level terms shortly after, but Dons striker Bruce Anderson completed his hat-trick to ensure Aberdeen returned to Scotland with the win.
Town midfielder Tim Akinola then saw red in stoppage time for a strong challenge that incensed the visitors’ players and coaching staff.
Despite a number of key players missing through the First Team’s exploits in Dubai, the Young Terriers started the brighter of the two teams and broke the deadlock ten minutes in. Akinola fed the ball inside to the Trialist, who drove the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Huddersfield’s relentless pressing throughout the first half suffocated the away side’s attempts to play out from the back as they struggled to create anything clear-cut.
They did, however, come close to levelling just before the break when Ethan Ross’ deflected effort crashed against the outside of the post.
The Dons came out for the second half a rejuvenated outfit and got back on level terms shortly after the break when Anderson tapped home a cut-back from E. Ross.
The Young Terriers refused to let their heads drop following the concession of an equaliser and almost re-took the lead when Akinola curled just wide following a slick passing move.
Aberdeen then found themselves in front for the first time of the afternoon when E. Ross again set up Anderson, who expertly picked out the corner from the edge of the area.
Town were not behind for long, though, as Thompson bundled home from close-range at the second attempt following an inch perfect cross from the Trialist to leave it all to play for with 15 left to play.
As the Young Terriers looked to force the issue in attack, they were then punished on the counter attack when Anderson chased down a long ball to get there ahead of the Town defence, before slotting calmly past Harrison Davison-Hale for his third of the afternoon.
Huddersfield huffed and puffed in the closing stages in a search for an equaliser - with half-chances falling to both Will McCamley and the Trialist - but it was just wasn’t to be for Town, who will feel hard done by that they didn’t manage to claim at least a point.
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1):
Harrison Davison-Hale; Luke Daley; Nassim Kherbouche; Oran Thompson (C); Ilounga Pata; Trialist (Remi Thompson 68’); Brahima Diarra; Will McCamley; Tim Akinola; Trialist; Micah Obiero
Seth Meeson; George Alfieri
Trialist (10’), Remi Thompson (74’)