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Under 21s Begin With A Win

Curtis Strong on the ball against Bognor Regis Town

Image by: Chris Hatton


15:52 17th July 2014

Potters record 2-1 victory in first pre-season friendly

STOKE CITY 2 (Adelaye 15, Waring 26)

GOALS FROM Toni Adelaye and George Waring earned Stoke City's Under-21s a victory in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Glyn Hodges' side came from behind to earn the win after Alex Parsons had earlier put the Rocks into a one-nil lead after just two minutes of play.

A quick-fire response from the Potters, however, saw them equalise through Adelaye when he curled in a shot off the frame of the goal after neat work from Kieran Monlouis.

Waring then scored what proved to be the winner when he slotted the ball into the bottom left corner after Adelaye had brought down a long ball forward to tee him up.

Monlouis later smashed a long range effort narrowly wide of the post whilst an Eddy Lecygne free kick after the restart was only denied by the upright.

James Alabi then saw goal-bound header tipped over the crossbar by Bognor keeper Chris Winterton as City were denied in their bid to add further goals to the tally.

Stoke's South Coast training camp climaxes with a game against Brighton & Hove Albion's Under-21s on Saturday before their return to Staffordshire.

STOKE CITY (1st Half): Gyollai, Wheeler, Coulson, Grant, Barber, Trialist, Monlouis, Ward, Nardiello, Adeloye, Waring.

STOKE CITY (2nd Half): Eve, Cook, Watkins, O'Reilly, Strong, Thomas, Lecygne, Shenton, Taylor, Alabi, Skapetis.

*Meanwhile, City's Under-18s drew their first game of pre-season 1-1 with Burgess Hill Town Under-19s.  Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson returned from a long-term injury to score in the game. They now face their counterparts from Eastbourne Borough at the weekend.

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