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McCartney scores two in 18s win

25 October 2016

Notts County's Under 18s beat Wrexham 2-0 in the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday.

Second-half substitute George McCartney made an immediate impact, giving his side the lead before doubling the advantage shortly afterwards.

McCartney said: "I'm a defender, but I might be having a word with the gaffer now to see if I can go up front more!

"I'd just come on and thought I'd drop on the penalty spot for the corner. Sam Osborne headed it back to me and I've put my head on it it. It's gone straight into the top corner. I didn't know how to celebrate as it's my first goal since under 16s!

"The second one was very scrappy. The keeper fumbled it and I've managed to take on two players and score."

Unfortunately, the result was not enough to secure Notts' progress from their group after a draw against Chesterfield and defeat to Port Vale earlier in the campaign.

Head of academy coaching Dan Leivers said: "It was another tough game for us. Wrexham were well organised, physical and pressed relentlessly during the game. However over the course of the 90 minutes we more than deserved the victory as we not only matched them in all of these areas, we maintained it for 90 minutes as well as adding to it with quality in possession.

"We started the game brightly, Sam Osborne driving forward from kick off, combining with Edwin Towers to get the ball back on the edge of the area, where he was fouled by the Wrexham midfielder. Skipper Dom Brownhill was unable to give us the perfect start to the game as his free kick was saved easily by the keeper.

"We managed to maintain pressure on our opponents for the majority of the half, not really being threatened at our end, and we squandered a number of chances from set plays and long throws from both full backs.

"Some of our play was excellent again and with Nathan Cobain and Declan Dunn giving us width in the full back areas we got a lot of joy when switching the play.

"As the first half drew to a close we lost our way a little and found ourselves trying to play forwards too quickly, a trend which continued in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"We decided to make a couple of changes, Ryan Ebanks coming on in midfield to allow Dom and Alex Howes more licence to get forward, and Harry Gibbons on the left gave us some attacking threat on his side. This was when we started to get more of a grip on the ball and piled on the pressure once again.

"It wasn't until the 71st minute when we made another change, bringing on second-year defender George McCartney for striker Remaye Campbell, who worked himself into the ground again. George entered the game as we had a free kick just inside the half and from Dom's searching ball to the back post, Osborne headed the ball back into the middle of the area for George to head into the top corner with his first touch of the game.

"George doubled our lead a few minutes later when their goalkeeper presented him with the ball for him to bundle home, and it was game over then with 15 minutes to play.

"We managed the game really well to the end and saw out the game by showing a maturity in our play that we have seen time and time again this season.

"The players are now ready for a big two weeks in their season as we go away to Rotherham and Mansfield either side of our FA Youth Cup match against Romulus."

Notts: Hall, Cobain, Dunn, Brownhill (c), Richards, Bugg, Osborne, Howes, Towers (62'), Campbell (McCartney 73'), Clayton-Naute (Ebanks 62')

Subs not used: Culverwell, Anstey

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