Youngsters impress Cooper

Colin Cooper has praised young Hartlepool duo Connor Smith and Kieran Green for grasping their opportunity with the first team.

Last Updated: 17/07/14 at 14:53

Colin Cooper: Pleased with the young duo

Colin Cooper: Pleased with the young duo

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Having impressed during the club's training camp in Spain, both were on target as Pools routed Northern League Division Two side Billingham Town 9-0 on Wednesday.

Smith came off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick, while Green also found the net after coming on as a substitute.

Cooper believes the pair highlight the strength of the youth system at the club.

He told the club's official website: "Just as in Spain, the pair of them did themselves a credit and they're a credit to the people who work very hard in our academy structure.

"It shows that Hartlepool United are still producing good players who can handle a football and, if you get yourself a goal like Kieran and Connor did, then you get noticed."

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