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Southampton U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 26.11.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier U-18 League Southern group 2016-17
         Staplewood Training Ground, Marchwood
         Saturday 26th November 2016, 11.30am.

             SOUTHAMPTON    v     SPURS
             (White/Red)       (All Yellow)
               4-2-3-1           4-1-4-1

                 2(0)              6(4)

              Adam Parkes   1   Jonathan De Bie
           Harrison Davis   2   Tariq Hinds
              Jake Vokins   3   Nicholas Tsaroulla
             Ben Rowthorn   4   Oliver Skipp
       Aaron O'Driscoll(C)  5   Georgre Marsh(C)
         Christoph Klarer   6   Jonathan Dinzeyi
              Harlem Hale   7   Samuel Shashoua
            Harry Hamblin   8   Jack Roles
          Michael Obafemi   9   Reo Griffiths
           Will Smallbone  10   Dylan Duncan
           Tyreke Johnson  11   Jamie Reynolds

            Archie Thomas  12   Japhet Tanganga
                (8)46Mins       (4)63Mins
             Jack Bycroft  13   Charlie Freeman
         Jonathan Apolabi  14   Timothy Eyoma
      Jamie Bradley-Green  15   Kazaiah Sterling
                (5)81Mins       (7)71Mins
                Javen Siu  16   Keanan Bennetts

         Hale 46                Shashoua 11, (pen) 18
         Smallbone 51           Roles 29, 43, 59
                                Sterling 75

                                Dinzeyi 71(Pull)

         C. Fleming             N. Gibbs

Referee: I. Parsons
Assistants:- C. Malone & B. White

Spurs travelled to Southampton after their midweek game in Monaco which saw them lose to a ten-man team 2-1 after Sterling had put them ahead. The Southampton training ground has continued to improve year on year. It was a chilly morning with a biting wind which opened up the sky to show a little sun. Southampton were on a winless run of seven games losing last week to Chelsea 4-1 while Spurs beat West Ham with a late penalty 2-1. Last season Spurs here won 3-1.

Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Marsh and Dinzeyi with Hinds at right back and Tsaroulla on the left. Skipp anchored the midfield with Roles and Duncan ahead of him flanked by Shashoua on the right and Reynolds on the left in support of Griffiths up front. There was also a strong bench for a change.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end and soon took control moving the ball quickly through the midfield. The opening goal came from the ball being moved across the eighteen yard line from Duncan to Griffiths and on to Shashoua to drive in.

A half cleared free kick was pulled back by Reynolds outside the far post for Dinzeyi to hit wide. Shashoua crossed for Griffiths to play in Roles for an effort that was blocked. Roles hit the next chance wide from a cross by Tsaroulla before the left back got round the back only to be tackled by Klarar winning a penalty. Shashoua stepped up to score, hitting the ball inside the left post.

Three minutes later Roles ran onto a ball by Shashoua to beat the keeper, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Eight minutes after that the same combination produced the third goal with Roles timing his run better. The "Saints" responded with a shot by Obafemi that was saved by De Bie. Hamblin fired wide before a Smallbone free kick to the far post saw Klarar fire over at the second attempt.

De Bie saved an O'Driscoll header from a cross by Smallbone before Spurs got a fourth goal. Skipp played in a cross from the right, and Roles turned it in at the near post despite Parkes getting a hand to it. In the last minute of the half Reynolds headed over from Shashoua's cross.

Southampton made one change for the second half which saw the home side pull a goal back inside the first minute. The goal came from nothing as Marsh played the ball back to De Bie but his ball out to Dinzeyi was intercepted by Hale who advanced to score. With their tails up O'Driscoll saw his header from a corner saved and was quickest to react to the rebound but De Bie saved again.

Vokins fired in a half-cleared corner but De Bie saved. The home side got a second when Obafemi broke through to shoot. De Bie saved that effort but Smallbone drove in the rebound. Spurs looked a little rocky but recovered control when Shashoua got to the line and pulled the ball back for Roles to hit it first time high into the net from outside the area to complete his hat-trick. Tghis was a stunning goal by any standards and it certainly had an effect upon the home side who allowed Spurs to regain control.

Parkes saved from Duncan before Spurs made a double change. Tanganga came on for Skipp going into the back four allowing Marsh to replace Skipp while Bennetts came on for Duncan to play on the left with Reynolds moving inside. Griffiths laid off the ball for Reynolds to drive with Parkes making the save. Tsaroulla got forward to force a save from the keeper.

In a game where the referee allowed a lot of dodgy challenges to go un-punished, Dinzeyi picked up the only booking of the game when he lost out to Obafemi and pulled him back. Earlier Tsaroulla had gone down under a challenge and he expected to get a free kick picking up the ball. The referee did award a free kick but it was against the Spurs full back for handball.

Spurs made their third change with Sterling coming on for Shashoua. It took Sterling four minutes to get on the scoresheet when he played the ball into Roles and run on to receive the return hitting it first time. O'Driscoll was injured trying to block and was replaced after a break of six minutes. Tsaroulla got forward again to fire over and he then played a one-two with Sterling before hitting the ball over again as Spurs finished strongly.

This was a good all-round performance from Spurs when just about everything came off. There was no messing about when players got a sight of goal and they played attacking balls instead of safe square passes which produced the result needed. Roles is a midfielder with an eye for goal and is now in double figures. The win moves Spurs up to third in the table and they travel to Norwich next week who moved up to seventh with a 1-1 today at Swansea.


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