Out of possession work paying off for Young Terriers
- Huddersfield Town Under-17s work on fight zones against Lincoln City
- Goals from David Adewoju, Donay O’Brien-Brady and Conor Falls
- Young Terriers Coach Jon Worthington pleased with desire and mentality
Huddersfield Town Under-17s scored a late winner against Lincoln on Saturday to round off a performance with plenty of positives for Coach Jon Worthington.
The Young Terriers started fast and were on top in the first half and were rewarded for their good reactions and decision making with two goals.
David Adewoju reacted fastest following a Conor Falls corner early on for the first, and the Under-17s’ work on fight zones came to light as Worthy’s side pressed high to nick the ball back, allowing Donay O’Brien-Brady to finish smartly from the edge of the box.
However, in the second half the contest evened out, and with two clinical efforts the home side drew level with just over 10 minutes to play.
This didn’t phase the Young Terriers though, as they showed team spirit and a positive attitude to pick themselves up and find a late winner through striker Connor Falls.
Under-17s Coach Worthy was happy with his team’s performance and thought they executed what they’ve been working on well.
“I was really pleased, I thought the lads applied themselves really well, they competed and won their duels, especially in the first half which gave us a good platform to play.
“Everybody stuck to their tasks and tactically they did well, and it was good to see that they’re taking on information really well in terms of the out of possession and fight zones - I was very pleased.”
One area of focus was dealing with set pieces, and Worthy believed his side competed well against a physical side, as well as also highlighted how well the Under-17s did going forward after pressing.
“They did excellently from all kinds of restarts and dead ball situations. Lincoln are very organised with those, but the lads were engaged from set pieces, first balls, second balls – it was a good learning piece for them.
“The goals were also excellent, the second goal in particular with the surprise press, which is something we work on a lot, was excellent for Donay’s goal. Throughout the team I was pleased with individuals, that’s the main thing.”
The Under-17s turn their attentions to the EFL Youth Alliance Cup now, with Fleetwood Town the visitors at Canalside on Tuesday. Worthy’s group will continue their training work as they look to build on a positive performance.
Town’s Under-17 team (4-3-3)
Nicholas Bilokapic; Shane Maroodza, David Adewoju, Josh Okpolokpo (c), Michael Stone; Brodie Spencer, Etienne Camara, Samuel Adeyeye (Sonny Whittingham, 60’); Conor Falls, Jonas Ndombasi (Evander Grubb, 37’), Donay O’Brien-Brady
Michael Roxburgh, Jeremy Stewart
David Adewoju 18’, Donay O’Brien-Brady 45’, Conor Falls 81’
Lincoln City 2-3 Huddersfield Town Under-17s