Morecambe’s U17s got their Rossall Cup campaign off to a winning start, with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
A second half goal from Matty Williams decided a game of end-to-end action at Lancaster & Morecambe College.
The young Shrimps side, a mixture of first year scholars and u16s, saw the opposition dominate possession in the early stages, causing problems with their pace, as they got in behind the Shrimps’ defence.
Once the home side settled, they created opportunities on the break and restricted Huddersfield to very few chances on goal.
With the teams level at the break, the tie was up for grabs and Morecambe started the second period the brighter side.
The pressure paid off in the 60th minute, when Lewis Connolly played a great ball over the top, to find Matty Williams, who beat the offside trap to slot the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
As the game wore on, Huddersfield pushed for an equaliser, switching to four up front. The Shrimps’ defence held firm, however, the youngsters saw out the tie to seal the win.
Academy Head of Coaching Neil Wainwright was delighted with the performance. He said: “It’s an excellent win against a very good Huddersfield side. We approached the game with a fantastic attitude, working hard and pressing well when out of possession and we reaped the rewards with some fantastic counter-attacking football.”
The U17s travel to Blackpool in October for their next Rossall Cup fixture.