Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Spurs sent a squad to the U-19 Stemwede Tournament in Germany to play for the Volksbank Cup. Under Wayne Burnett the players were:-
1. Brandon Austin
2. Maxwell Statham
3. Tariq Hinds
4. George Marsh
5. Japhet Tanganga
6. Oliver Skipp
7. Shilow Tracey
8. Dylan Duncan
9. Kazaiah Sterling
10. Dilan Markanday
11. Reo Griffiths
12. Jack Roles
13. Charlie Freeman
14. Samuel Shashoua
15. Armando Shashoua
16. Jeremie Mukandi
17. Timothy Eyoma
18. Jonathan Dinzeyi
Spurs were drawn in Innology group with Locomotiv Moscow, SV Rodinghausen, VfB Stuttgart and Werder Bremen. The opening day's matches were played at Bad Holzhausen. The other group is made up of Fulham, Glasgow Rangers, Red Bull Brazil, Hamburg SV and Muhlenkreis-Team and played at Lavelsloh where Spurs played last year. Matches are only 20 minutes for each half and four subs can be used by each team.
Spurs' first game opened the tournament and was against SV Rodinghausen which saw Spurs have a reasonably easy 2-0 win. Spurs began with Freeman in goal behind Marsh and Tanganga with Statham at right back and Hinds on the left. There was a midfield trio of Skipp flanked by Roles and Duncan, in support of Griffiths flanked by Markanday on the right and Samuel Shashoua on the left.
Spurs defended the North end in the first half which saw an early effort by Rodinghausen fly over before Spurs took the lead. It came from a corner from which Hinds (at the far post) hit the crossbar with Roles reacting quickest to score from the rebound.
Spurs were moving the ball quickly with Markanday and Shashoua making jinking runs but failing with the final ball.
In the second half both sides began to make changes. Spurs first saw Eyoma replace Statham at right back. Spurs increased their lead when Roles picked up a loose ball out of the back and seeing the keeper off his line scored from forty yards!
Tracey replaced Griffiths up front and Shashoua drew a good save before Freeman was called into action saving a free kick just outside the area. Samuel Shashoua's younger brother Armando joined him on the pitch replacing Skipp after he had been caught late. The brothers were on the pitch for only a short time as Samuel was replaced by Mukendi as Spurs saw out the game.
Team(4-3-3):- Freeman; Statham(Eyoma 24), Marsh, Tanganga(C), Hinds; Roles, Skipp(A. Shashoua 34), Duncan; Markanday, Griffiths(Tracey 30), S. Shashoua(Mukendi 37)
Scorer:- Roles 10, 26
Spurs played Locomotiv Moscow in their second game. The Russians had drawn their first game with Werder Bremen who had a goal ruled out. Austin began this game behind Dinzeyi and Tanganga with Eyoma at right back and Hinds on the left. Marsh anchored the midfield with Skipp and Samuel Shashoua in support of Sterling up front flanked by Tracey on the right and Griffiths on the left.
Spurs again began the game playing down the slope but Moscow began attacking with great pace to push back the Spurs back line with Austin having to make an early save and seeing some near misses.
Spurs scored with their first shot at goal when Sterling attacked the near post to turn a cross inside the far post.
Skipp was caught out by the uneven bounce on the poor pitch but recovered well. Moscow missed a great chance at the beginning of the second half which was more end to end. Griffiths had a chance saved before Moscow equalised as they got behind the back line.
Shashoua had an effort pushed away for a corner from which Tanganga drew a save. Moscow picked up a second yellow for a foul on Duncan before Shashoua was replaced by Roles. Tracey rode a series of tackles to get into the area and draw a save. His pace was unsettling the Moscow defence which picked up another yellow card for a foul on him. Tracey was then booked himself as the challenges became more physical. Duncan replaced Skipp late in the game as it drew to a close.
Team(4-3-3):- Austin; Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga(C), Hinds; Skipp(Duncan 40), Marsh, S. Shashoua(Roles 31); Tracey, Sterling, Griffiths.
Scorer:- Sterling 16
Booked:- Tracey 38
Spurs top the table at the end of the first day which looks like this:-
P W D L F-A Pts
Tottenham Hotspur 2 1 1 0 3-1 4
Werder Bremen 2 1 1 0 2-0 4
VfB Stuttgart 2 1 0 1 2-2 3
Locomotiv Moscow 2 0 2 0 1-1 2
SV Rodinghausen 2 0 0 2 0-4 0