Stoke City: Scott's wonder strike caps fine Stoke rally
STOKE'S youngsters came from a goal down to beat Manchester City 4-1 and possibly deny the Blues the Academy League title.
Boss Dave Kevan described his team's display as their best of the entire season.
Man City, who needed to win their last game to ensure the title, appeared to be on track after going in 1-0 up at the break.
But four goals in the second half, including one from 10 yards inside the Man City half, saw Stoke storm back to win.
Blackburn, who are just one point behind Man City, can now finish top if they beat Manchester United tomorrow night.
"That must go down as probably the pick of our performances this season," said Kevan. "If Man City had won they would have won the title, so they were certainly up for it.
"Our lads worked hard to press the opposition, but also created plenty of chances for themselves.
"Even at half-time, you sensed the lads themselves felt they could get something from the game."
And how. Stoke were level when a fine free-kick from Michael Clarkson was pinged into the Man City area and touched a defender last before hitting the net.
And Stoke were ahead when Jordan Richardson seized on a clearance before smashing the ball home for 2-1.
Marcel Barrington had just stepped off the bench when he latched on to Andy Musungu's through-ball and finished clinically from the right-hand edge of the box.
But the goal of the game was still to come. Midfielder Kris Scott, son of Stoke's head of recruitment Kevin Scott, netted brilliantly from a distance similar to Luis Suarez's for Liverpool at Norwich last Saturday.
"He was about 10 yards inside their half when he picked up the keeper's clearance," said Kevan., "He brought it down on his chest before sticking it straight over the goalkeeper. It was a great finish.
"Kris came to us from Bristol City at the start of the season and is settling in well."
Stoke's last two games are at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and at Manchester United next week.
Meanwhile, Stoke's reserves entertain Derby at Clayton Wood tomorrow (2pm).