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Match Report | Shrewsbury Town Under-18s 2-0 Burton Albion Under-18s

30 March 2022


Match Report | Shrewsbury Town Under-18s 2-0 Burton Albion Under-18s

30 March 2022

Shrewsbury Town Under-18s secured a victory over Burton Albion Under-18s in a friendly at Montgomery Waters Meadow on Wednesday night.

Town got off to a golden start when Jamie Spiers netted just two minutes into the game. Callum Wilson - on his return from Spain - was let loose down the right-wing and he whipped in a high cross that Burton couldn't deal with, allowing Spiers to poke home from close range.

Louis Lloyd almost made it two not long after when Charlie Caton squared the ball to him, but Burton's goalkeeper made himself big and closed the angle before smothering the shot.

The next chance for Shrewsbury came on the hour mark when Caton found himself with space on the edge of the opposition box, but couldn't muster up enough venom to trouble the man in between the sticks.

Burton's best chance of the game came in the 66th minute when the ball was squared to their right-winger however, the player couldn't convert from close range as Shrewsbury's number one, Xander Parke, made himself big and blocked the shot smartly.

With almost the last kick of the game, Shrewsbury Town substitute Dennis Antal swept home a second goal for Town to secure the victory. After a good move down the right-hand side, Antal stepped up and curled the ball back across Burton's 'keeper and into the back of the net from 12 yards out.

Speaking after the game, Salop Under-18s manager Kyle Kirby said:

"It was a good night for the lads. It's obviously nice for them to get a win in front of the first-team staff and it was a good night for the second years to show what they're about and some of the first years got to dip their toe in the water too tonight which was also good.

"I just told the lads to enjoy it. They're a good set of lads who work hard and are a pleasure every day so it was just a case of enjoying it and playing in front of the first-team staff and making the most of it.

"The opportunity to play here doesn't come along very often - usually only FA Youth Cup nights - but it sets the first years up for the FA Youth Cup next season.

"Dennis has been working a lot harder in and around the place and he's got two goals in three games now so we think his hard work has been paying off. Getting a goal will mean a lot to both him and Jamie. They're young boys who will have just enjoyed being able to get out there on the pitch tonight and they're regularly at the first team games so for them to experience that is great and I think the lads have given a good account of themselves."


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