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Spurs v West Ham, (PL2 International Cup - 31.08.17)
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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   Premier League U-23 International Cup, Group F, 2017-18
           Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage
               Thursday 31st August 2017, 7pm

                  SPURS     v    WEST HAM UTD
               (White/Blue)      (All Black)
                 3-2-4-1           4-2-3-1

                   7(2)              2(1)

            Alfie Whiteman  1  Nathan Bishop
              George Marsh  2  Alex Pike
     Brooklyn Lyons-Foster  3  Vashon Neufville
                 Luke Amos  4  Moses Makasi(C)
         Christian Maghoma  5  Olatuji Akinola
              Dylan Duncan  6  Ben Wells
           Samuel Shashoua  7  Joe Powell
             Shilow Tracey  8  Noha Sylvestre
          Kazaiah Sterling  9  Jahmal Hector-Ingram
          Anthony Georgiou 10  Anthony Scully
        Joseph Pritchard(C)11  Grady Diangana

                 Ryan Loft 12  Antonio Martinez
                 (8)69Mins     (10)65Mins
            Brandon Austin 13  Tyler Forde
              Matthew Lock 14  Nathan Holland
                 (2)69Mins     (7)65Mins
        Nicholas Tsaroulla 15  Korrey Henry
                 (7)83Mins     (8)74Mins
                           16  Bernardo De Rose
                           17  Reece Hannam
                           18  Kristijan Belic

Scorers:-
         Maghoma 10            Scully 26 (pen)
         Sterling 12, 63       Martinez 81 (pen)
         Pritchard 51
         Shashoua 58, 68
         Duncan 64

Coach:-
         Wayne Burnett         Terry Westley

Attendance:- 630

Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: George Byrne & Matthew Morrison
Fourth Official: Alex Rayment

It was a warm cloudy evening for the second meeting in ten days between these two sides. The first was the league game at Hotspur Way which was won 3-2 by the visitors, after they had been 2-0 down at half-time. Both sides made changes for this second match probably due to International call-ups. This was the first time that Spurs have been in this competition, but we did win the U-18 version in 2014 when it was played pre-season at Hotspur Way. The other sides in this group are Villareal and Benfica who will also be coming to Stevenage.

Spurs lined up with Whiteman in goal behind a back three of Marsh, Maghoma and Lyons-Foster. Amos and Duncan lined up in front of them with Pritchard and Shashoua ahead of them flanked by Tracey on the right and Georgiou on the left in support of Sterling up front. While up to seven players can sit on the bench, Spurs only had four.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the South end in an open game in which both sides sought to play passing football. Diangana had an early effort deflected wide for a corner, but Spurs scored the first goal from a corner of their own after ten minutes. Maghoma had a free header guiding the ball into the far side of the goal.

When Bishop's clearance fell to Pritchard, his weakly hit effort was saved by the keeper making it back between the posts. Spurs increased their lead when Tracey rode tackles on the right and played in Sterling for successful a one on one with Bishop.

Diangana played in Hector-Ingram on the left of the area and he won a penalty when Maghoma tackled him. Powell stepped up to take the kick but Whiteman guessed correctly, diving to his left to push the ball round the post. Pritchard played in Sterling for another one on one with Bishop but the keeper saved at his feet conceding a corner.

Whiteman saved from Diangana before the "Hammers" were awarded another penalty. Whiteman collected a back pass and as he was about to kick it out Hector-Ingram got across to get a foot in the way, winning a foul. This time Scully took the kick and sent Whiteman the wrong way to pull one back.

Pritchard sent Georgiou away down the left but his shot went wide of the far post. Diangana fired over from a cross by Pike before Sterling was played in again only to hit his effort wide with just the keeper to beat. Makasi fired over from a corner before the break.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Spurs change to four at the back with Georgiou dropping to left back. Pritchard took advantage when the visitors gave the ball away at the back, playing a one-two with Sterling, running on to his back heel to score. Three minutes later, Spurs had four when Georgiou's run was stopped with the ball rolling to Shashoua who drove it low into the right corner.

West Ham sensed the game was getting away from them and they opened up more in search of another goal with Pike firing wide but leaving more space at the back. Amos gave the ball to Shashoua who played a defence-splitting pass to Sterling on the left to cut in and score at the near post. A minute later, when Sterling was blocked on the edge of the area, the ball went to Duncan on the right and he scored from a tight angle for 6-1.

West Ham made a double change to give more attacking options but Spurs got a seventh when Shashoua drove at the visitors' defence before driving low into the corner. That prompted Spurs to make a double change to see out the game. Loft came on for Tracey and went up front while Lock replaced Marsh at right back.

Shashoua fired wide before West Ham won a third penalty awarded for a foul by Lock on Holland. Martinez stepped up and went for the top left-hand corner but Whiteman tipped it over. From the corner the referee gave another penalty as the "Hammers" tried to work it into the area. Martinez beat Whiteman this time to make it 7-2.

Tsaroulla replaced Shashoua going to left back allowing Georgiou to move upfield. Neufville crossed for Martinez but Lyons-Foster blocked his effort. As the clock moved towards 90 minutes Duncan got free on the right and put over a high cross. Sterling headed in, jumping with Bishop, but the ref said he fouled the keeper. In added time Georgiou payed in Duncan for an effort that was saved.

This was a great result for Spurs who broke the West Ham resistance with the four goals in under fifteen minutes early in the second half. In the earlier league game the "Hammers" had turned the game with three goals in fifteen minutes so it was some justice for the Spurs lads. The second match in the group will be on the 14th November when Spurs take on Spanish side Villareal.

Ray

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