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Senda "The boys showed good character to turn the game around"

3 October 2019

Barnet under 18s head coach Dan Senda was pleased that his side was able to come from a goal down to win 3-1 against Edgware Town in the FA Youth Cup.

The Bees fell behind in the first half as Hadi Isaa slotted home to give the visitors a deserved lead after the town started the better of the two. 

Senda's side responded in the second half with an improved showing and were rewarded for their efforts thanks to goals from George Murphy, Okem Chime, and Wraynel Hercules. 

Despite the victory, Senda was keen to highlight that the young Bees' first-half showing was not up to the high standard that he expects from his side. 

"I felt we started the game slowly, we allowed them to grow into the game and our ball retention was nowhere near the level that it needs to be"

"I think at times we were naive and the game was stretched. But in the second half, we had a bit of a reaction, we took our goals well and I think you have to give the boys credit for coming through the game against a well-organised side."

The young Bees were able to experience playing in the main stadium at The Hive London and were backed by a good number of supporters on their way to Youth Cup victory. 

Senda highlighted how important the experience of playing on the main stadium is to the players at the early stages of their careers. 

"It is all part of the boy's development and it is great that so many people turned out to support them. It was a local derby too so it's all good experience for the lads"

"Playing under the lights, on the first team pitch in front of senior staff, the question was whether they could step up. It is a huge stage in their development whether they can play under that added pressure that games like tonight bring" 


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