By Deal Town

Two teams from the youth academy of San Jose Earthquakes provided some testing  opposition for Deal Town Rangers at the Charles Ground on Wednesday.

The Earthquakes squad, whose senior side play in the Western Conference of the American MLS, were on a two-week tour of England which also took in matches in London, Manchester and Canterbury.

And they ran out convincing winners of both their matches against the Rangers.  In the Under-13s game San Jose won 10-0 and it would have been more but for two goalline clearances by Jack Parsons and Alex Docherty, while at the other end Rangers’ man-of-the-match Ronnie Cooke was denied a consolation goal by a fine save from the ‘Quakes goalie.

Then, in the second match, some sterling defensive work by Rangers Under-14 Colts, led by captain Josh Roberts,  kept the scoreline blank until just before half-time when Bini Mitiku fired home a 20-yarder for the ‘Quakes.

And the American youngsters then took full command in the second half to score six more times despite some brave goalkeeping from Rangers’ Joe Strutt.

Gareth Scanlon, the coach of Rangers U14 Colts, said: “It was a great experience for the boys to play a team of that quality. They enjoyed the challenge and more than matched them for the first half. The Earthquakes’ extra fitness showed in the end but it gives our boys something to aim for.”

The matches had been arranged through the ‘Quakes coach Simon Tobin, a former student at Nonington College, who comes originally from east London but has worked as a soccer coach in California for the past 30 years.

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