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"We are already four months ahead" says Millwall U18s coach Larry McAvoy

24 October 2016

Young Lions find their shooting boots again to beat Huddersfield

Millwall U18s joint coach Larry McAvoy hailed the attacking prowess of his young Lions, who took their season's tally to 21 goals with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Despite trailing to an early Callum Elliott goal, McAvoy and Chris Perry's charges clawed their way back to take a 2-1 lead at the break with efforts from Lewis White and Isaac Olaofe before Lions sub Matt Day sealed victory with virtually the last kick of the game.

"We have scored 13 goals in our last four games," McAvoy told, "And that makes it 21 already this term. We are already over four months ahead of where we were last season in terms of scoring that amount of goals.

"There's a bunch of really good attacking players here, and that is showing in how regularly we are scoring goals, which is pleasing."

Against Huddersfield the strength in Millwall's forward play was again evident as the young Lions recovered from conceding in the opening 20 minutes to turn the tables and claim all three points.

White, who scored a dramatic late winner for the U23s against Crystal Palace earlier in the week, was on hand to fire home the equaliser with a smart right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area after good work from Isaac Olaofe.

It was Olaofe who then turned from goal maker to goal taker with a superb second for Millwall; picking up the ball in the Huddersfield half, he got in front of his marker and then dispatched a delicately lofted shot that gave the home keeper no chance.

"The goal from Lewis came at just the right time as we were under a bit of pressure from Huddersfield," added McAvoy, "It woke us up a bit and then Isaac put us 2-1 ahead just before half-time.

"We didn't play particularly well in the first 45 minutes but were much better after the break in terms of keeping the ball, winning the ball back and defending as a unit."

It was after sustaining a late Huddersfield onslaught that The Lions produced a razor-sharp counter-attack to put the result beyond reach. Sub Day, a half-time replacement for Joe Wicks, produced a cool finish having rounded the keeper for Millwall's third and final goal just seconds before the referee blew for full-time.

"It was another good finish by us," added McAvoy, "But credit should go too to two of our U16s defenders - Junior Tiensia and Rob Strachan - who were exceptional up against boys a couple of years older."

Millwall: Sandford, McNamara, Tiensia, Hanson, Green, Strachan, Olaofe (Queeley, 80mins), Wicks (Day, 46mins), White, Ebuzoeme, Saunders-Henry (Campbell-Mhlope, 70mins).

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