Youth Team Beat Shrewsbury 5-1
John Murphy praised an excellent first-half performance as the youth team recorded a 5-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
Goals from Rowan Roache (3), Fin Sinclair-Smith and Ewan Bange secured a vital three points for the North West Youth Alliance table toppers, who have their sights firmly set on the title.
Speaking post-match, here's what Professional Development Phase Coach Murphy had to say...
I thought we were excellent first-half, it was 3-0 after 20 minutes. The pitch wasn’t great but myself and Ciaran were desperate to get the game on and in the first 20 minutes we blew them away with some excellent football. A lot of stuff was worked on in training and you could see that coming through in the first-half, which was extra pleasing. We were clinical in front of goal.
Big goal difference.
Our goal difference speaks for itself, we’ve got by far the best goal difference in the league. It’s almost worth a point to you and you might have to rely on that if you do finish level, which could happen. Burnley are on a good run three points behind so if everyone wins their games, then we could win it on goal difference.
Hat-trick for Roache.
Rowan scored a hat-trick but the most pleasing aspect for him, which sometimes we’ve labelled at him, was his work-rate. He has got ability and sometimes he can be a luxury, but on Saturday he was a real team player and he deserved his hat-trick.
First goal for Ewan Bange.
It’s frightening watching Ewan, you wouldn’t think he was 15 in terms of his stature, the way he handles himself and the way he plays the game. He plays beyond his years and we come away more excited each week about the prospect he could be. He does everything in his capabilities, he doesn’t try and do what he can’t do, and he makes a nuisance of himself. Every time he’s played for us he’s contributed, but it was pleasing for him to get his first goal.
We only see him once a week because he’s at school. We had a similar throwback centre-forward a few years back, George Lomax, and I think he scored 25 that season. Everybody wants to be a number 10 these days but there’s still a place for this type of player in the game. It’s refreshing to see and hopefully he’ll continue to progress.
Four league games left.
We’ve got to take each game as it comes. We don’t want to rely on anyone else anymore, if we win all our games we’ll win the league.