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ACADEMY: David Longwell Post Whitchurch Alport

25 September 2019

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Town's academy side were beaten in the final of the Shropshire Senior Cup with Alport winning the trophy.

The performance from the youngsters on the night wasn't a consistent one with a good number of chances that weren't taken and defensive slips when Alport were on the attack.

It was an exciting game for the neutral with both sides looking to attack and play football, but Town were left to rue several missed opportunities in front of goal.

After the game IFollow Shrews spoke to Academy Manager David Longwell to get his thoughts on the game.

"I'm disappointed as it's a game we should never if I'm honest", said David.

"Give credit to Whitchurch and well done to them, as their attitude over the game was excellent.

"In the dressing room we are really disappointed, the boys are disappointed for themselves and the club, and so they should be because they threw that away.

"The amount of chances we had, but if you don't score and defend as badly as we did, then you are going to lose."

Town looked comfortable in the first half playing the ball around nicely and keeping possession while creating a host of chances. The difference on the night was that Alport were clinical in front of goal.

"In the first half we have dominated much of it and created a lot of good chances up until the 30-minute mark", said David.

"They then came into it more, and that is always going to happen, half-time we came back out, and I wrote down six chances in the first seven minutes of the second half for us.

"At half time we said that they had to work the goalkeeper more, but they didn't and then we switch off at the other end, another thing we spoke to them about.

"We take accountability because we put the team out, but they then have to take responsibility and do better in front of goal and defend our goal better, and unfortunately, we didn't."

Watch the full interview with David Longwell for free on IFollow Shrews by clicking on the video above.


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