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McLoughlin Full Of Pride After U18's Secure Second Place

Macca Reflects On Stevenage Success

8 May 2017

Club News

McLoughlin Full Of Pride After U18's Secure Second Place

Macca Reflects On Stevenage Success

8 May 2017

Alan McLoughlin hailed his players after Town's U18s beat Stevenage 2-1 on Saturday to secure a 2nd place finish in the Merit League.

First-half goals from Jordan Simpson and Scott Twine were enough for the young Reds to end a superb season on an almighty high, leaving McLoughlin thrilled.

“It has been a collective effort this season from the likes of Tom Holmes, Dan Watson, Megan (McLoughlin), Jeremy Newton, Roger Reeves who helps us as well and all the medical people,” he told

“The players of course are the ones who have put all the hard graft into the season and going to Stevenage we knew it was going to be a very competitive game.

“We played very well in the first-half, we mixed our game up and we thoroughly deserved to be 2-0 up at the break.

"A good ball in from a free-kick and a good header back from Sol Pryce saw Jordan Simpson score from close-range and then Scott Twine scored one of his trademark free-kicks from 25-yards out.

“It was a beautiful goal and we completely dominated the first-half but, as we told the players at half-time, we knew that there would be a reaction from them and a rare bit of lapse defending from us allowed them in.

“They went a little bit more direct and we just struggled to cope with that for about five minutes, but we then changed to a flat back-four and played a 4-4-2.

“We coped very well, we didn’t play as well in the second-half but we still created chances to score and the battling and the fighting qualities of the players pleased me.

"You can’t dominate a game for 90 minutes, the other team will have a spell in the game where they will dominate you and it is how you stand up to that.

“The boys did really well and I’ve got nothing but praise for them.”

It was also an emotional day for McLoughlin and his players who played their last game together as a group with many of the boys now preparing to move on to pastures new.

“We had a nice team photo after the game and it was quite an emotional day because that is it for the boys,” he added.

“Some of them have been in the Academy for a long, long time and they realise that it was their last time pulling on a Swindon Town shirt.

“Scott Twine, Tom Ouldridge and Jordan Simpson will obviously have another year to showcase their skills, but that was it for the other boys apart from the first-years who will be back next season.

“It was an emotional day for us as staff because we all become very attached to each other and there is that close bond, so it was a difficult afternoon and a difficult drive back knowing that you aren’t going to see some of the boys again.

“But we wish them the best of luck in the world and we need to help them out as best as we can now with recommendations and advice.”

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