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Dawes Pleased With Youth Performance

3 August 2014

Head of coaching happy after Under-18s' win over Fleetwood

Ian Dawes was pleased with the positive start Shrewsbury Town's youth team made to the 2014/15 Football League Youth Alliance season.

Town's Under-18s beat Fleetwood Town 2-0 in their opening league fixture on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Tom King and Josh Ginnelly at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

And Dawes, head of coaching, thought persistence in front of goal paid off for Town in the end.

"There were a lot of positives from the game," said Dawes.

"I thought our lads started the game really strongly and played the game our way in the first half - our moving patterns were good and we got in to the right areas.

"In the second half (Fleetwood) had a little go but we came out in the second half, showed great character and made it count.

"We kept going and knew that more chances would come because of they way we were playing.

"We were persistent and had that bit of quality at the end, and Tom (King) got his goal."

Dawes was also delighted with the thinking behind a quick free-kick from Niall Flint which allowed Ginnelly to slide home the decisive second goal.

"We spoke before the game about that type of free-kick because, in those situations, it's an easy goal if you get it right, so I was pleased with how we worked it," he said.

Town's youth team travel to Wrexham for their next North West league fixture on Saturday 9 August (11am kick-off).

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