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U16s Make it Back to Back Floodlit Cup Victories

19 October 2017

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Academy coach Darren Molloy was happy with the U16s second half comeback against Barnsley on Tuesday night in the Floodlit Cup.

Molloy was delighted with the way young Spireites reacted after going 1-0 down before half time, with goals from Will Russ and Josh Turner sealing the win.

“We had a chat at half time, a slight formation change and bit of a chat,” Molloy reflected.

“The boys were reminded of composure and the quality needed in possession, but to also continue in the way they were and that they would get the result.

“The second half went one way, we dominated the ball and had a number of good chances. After that we defended well enough to keep them out to get the 2-1.”

Tuesday’s win marked back to back victories for the Spireites, after opening their campaign with a 5-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday last week.

Molloy commented: “It’s something different playing under the lights with the crowd. The boys seem to be stepping up and embracing it.

“It gives them that almost professional feel, it’s good experience for them.”

The competition has allowed for a number of the Spireites’ prospects to shine, with Molloy picking goal scorers Russ and Turner as the standout two from Tuesday’s game.

On Turner - who has had a brilliant start to the campaign with 2 goals in 2 games - Molloy said: “He’s full of tricks, rapidly quick, direct and obviously can score goals and put balls in the box. He’s an exciting player for people to watch.

“The challenge for Josh has been the transition for attacking to defending. That’s where I have been focusing the work with him to improve.”

Forward Russ, started the game and got the first goal, with Molloy adding: “His goal was a good forward goal, following up and getting the rebound in and around the six-yard area.

“Will’s had a good start to the season. He scores a variety of goals, has good hold up play and has pace and power to burn which is his strength.”

Next week the young Spireite will be off on international duty for Wales, with Molloy delighted that he got the goal before his departure, “It was nice for him to score before he goes to the victory shield with Wales next week,” he added.

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