Aldershot Town Academy Manager Ross McNeilly thought that his team played “brilliantly” against Ratcliffe College at Leicester City’s Training Ground. The u18 side won 2-0 away last week Saturday in the National Schools Super League.
The game was dominated by Aldershot Town who had better chances of the two teams with Ratcliffe College struggling to break The Shots’ solid defence.
The Shots seemed to have a foothold on the game and looked the more likely to go in front, but they just couldn’t take their chances in the first half with a few good stops from the Ratcliffe goalkeeper.
The Shots went into half-time at 0-0 with Ratcliffe happier with the circumstances considering Aldershot Town’s dominance in the first 45 minutes.
Aldershot replied well after the break and started to play even better than they did in the first half. Chances started to come again and this time, goals were coming thick and fast.
George Britton and Joe Rabbetts were on hand to give The Shots a comfortable 2-0 lead after applying all the pressure.
Aldershot Town took full advantage of the lovely playing surface at Leicester City’s Training Ground to send The Shots into the last-16 of the National Schools Super League.
Following the game, Academy Manager Ross McNeilly gave his thoughts on the u19’s performance:
“We dominated the game for the whole 60 minutes of the 90.
“We played the ball really well and that’s when more chances started to come.
“We took our chances really well and we showed up today and took advantage of the amazing facilities we had at Leicester City.”
McNeilly also commented on how well his side defended after going two goals up:
“My side defended brilliantly, they really did.
“The professionalism was second to none and Ratcliffe didn’t even get a sniff.
“We have to defend just like that in the quarter-finals against whoever we play when the draw comes out.”
The u18s seem to have done exceptionally well to come this far and McNeilly has done a fantastic job with them to ensure that the belief never ran out every time they stepped out on the football pitch.
“This win is very good for the boys,” he said.
“We’re not sure who we have next round but whoever they are, we are more than ready to take them on.”