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Under 18s secure emphatic win

14 October 2019

Walsall Under-18s made it three games unbeaten, defeating Morecambe 4-0 in the EFL Youth Alliance.

The young Saddlers are now one of only two teams in the division to have conceded less than five goals.

It was a feisty first few minutes at the Birmingham County FA Headquarters with both sides battling to take the lead. Jack Lynch came close inside ten minutes after his driven effort from range whistled over the bar.

The young Saddlers continued to plug away at Morecambe and created a number of chances. Perry Moss’ attempted chip looped just over, before Campbell’s last effort of the half foreshadowed what was to come.

Minutes after play resumed, Jayden Campbell was at the centre of things again. The Young Saddlers’ number ten weaved inside the Morecambe defence before winning a corner.

Encouraged by his manager, Joe Willis was seen practising his deliveries into the box in the build-up to the game. Practice made perfect as Willis’ curling cross found the head of Perry who nodded the ball past Andre Mendes.

Walsall soon doubled their lead through newly introduced substitute Alex McSkeane. A clever cross from a deep position found the unmarked forward at the near post who helped the ball on past the helpless Shrimps shot-stopper.

Ten minutes remained and the Saddlers prowled the pitch with hunger and a moment of brilliance saw Walsall make it three.

A long ball in behind the Shrimps’ defence handed Jayden Allamby-John his opportunity. The substitute’s sheer pace proved too much for his marker as he glided through on goal before finishing from a tight angle.

The Young Saddlers were well in control and Campbell soon wrapped up a second consecutive four-goal romp.

Picking up a loose ball in midfield, Campbell drove at the retreating defence before beating his marker and slotting the ball into the net.

Miguel Llera was hugely impressed with his side’s performance and expressed pride at the resilience shown.

“I am very pleased. Even at 0-0 at half time, I thought we were doing really well.

“I am proud of my team because we knew what type of team they are. They use the physicality they have, and we managed that well.

“We created two or three really good chances but did not score. That is football. I told them at half time ‘we must continue what we are doing and minimise any mistakes’.

“We defended really well as a team and that is why I do not remember any chances from them.

“We have played eight games and kept six clean sheets.”


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