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Spurs U-18s v Aston Villa U-18s, 20.10.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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     Premier U-18 Southern League 2018-19
    Hotspur Way, Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield
          20th October 2018, 12 noon

            SPURS     v   ASTON VILLA
         (White/Blue)    (Claret/White)
           4-1-4-1          4-2-3-1

             6(3)             1(1)

    Joshua Oluwayemi  1  Viljami Sinisalo
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster 2  Bradley Burton
        Harvey White  3  Charlie McConnachie
   Phoenix Patterson  4  Lewis Brunt
     Malachi Walcott  5  Luke Ige
          Luis Binks  6  Ethan Patterson(C)
     Dilan Markanday  7  Indiana Vassilev
  Armando Shashoua(C) 8  Michael Tait
        Troy Parrott  9  Aaron Pressley
      Rodel Richards 10  Jacob Ramsey
      J'Neil Bennett 11  Colin Odutayo

       Dennis Cirkin 12  Akos Onodi
   Kacper Kurylowicz 13  Ben Guy
     Rafferty Pedder 14  Charlie Farr
      Elliott Thorpe 15  Patrick Zito
        Rayan Clarke 16  Tyreik Wright
          (11)79Mins     (11)72Mins

      Parrott 26, 86     Odutayo 24
      Shashoua 29, 71
      Markanday 41
      Binks 89

                         Ige 44(Late)
                         Burton 69(Foul)

          Matt Wells     David Hughes

Referee: Lee Jessup

It was a warm sunny morning for the visit of Aston Villa as the league programme resumed after the International break. Villa lost their last game 3-0 to Leicester but stayed above them in fourth. Spurs put six past Norwich City in a 6-1 win to stay top by a point over Arsenal. Last season the"Villans" beat Spurs 1-0 at Hotspur Way.

Spurs lined up with Oluwayemi in goal behind Walcott and Binks with Lyons-Foster at right back and White on the left. Patterson anchored the midfield with Shashoua and Richards ahead of him. They were flanked by Markanday on the right and Bennett on the left in support of Parrott up front.

After a minute's silence for former Villa owner Doug Ellis Spurs kicked off attacking the North end. Spurs were into their stride quickly, putting the Villa defence under pressure especially down both wings. The first chance was through the middle when Shashoua forced a save running onto a ball by Richards. Villa also had pace up front with Odutayo firing wide of the near post and Vassilev hitting the far post with a deflected effort.

Lyons-Foster went down with an injury and had to be replaced early by Cirkin which meant a reshuffle at the back as Cirkin went to left back with White going to the right side to accommodate him. Burton got down the right and crossed for Tait to fire wide. Markanday got down the right and laid the ball off for Richards to turn wide. Bennett went down the left to cross for Parrott who had the whole goal to aim at but hit it straight at the keeper. Sinisalo quickly released the ball for a quick counter attack that saw Odutayo get past Walcott and put the visitors in front.

The Villa goal was somewhat against the run of play and it did spur the home side on and they were level inside two minutes when Parrott converted Markanday's cross. Bennett on the other wing pulled the ball back for White to drive, but the keeper saved. Another cross from Bennett found Shashoua on the far side and the skipper made room to drive low into the net to put Spurs in front.

Spurs were now flooding forward and Cirkin got into the area to test the keeper from a ball in by Markanday. Another centre by Markanday was headed wide by Richards. Bennett crossed for Parrott to draw another save as pressure mounted on the Villa goal. White played in Markanday who came in off the right to fire low into the far corner for 3-1. Ige was booked for a late tackle on Parrott who got up to fire wide from a ball in by Markanday before the break.

There were no changes for the start of the second half with Spurs still going forward. White moved into midfield leaving three at the back. Parrott met a cross from Markanday flicking it onto the far post. Parrott did better when drawing a save from Sinisalo after Bennett's cross.

Oluwayemi saved from Pressley before Bennett headed wide at the far post from White's delivery. Pressley played in Odutayo on the break to fire wide. Burton was booked as he stopped Bennett getting round the back with Binks heading the free kick over. Richards had an attempt blocked and Bennett followed up but also saw his effort blocked. Unfortunately for the Villa defence, the ball fell to Shashoua who worked the ball left before firing in for his second of the match.

With the game safe Spurs took the opportunity to give Pedder a run out in place of Richards. Bennett had a deflected effort tipped over the bar. Odutayo got through to fire wide before Parrott had another chance saved after a pass by Shashoua. Clarke came on for Bennett in the last change by Spurs and had an effort wide after Markanday had drawn another save. Pedder made a run in off the left and let fly with Sinisalo not able to hold it and as it looped out Parrott headed it in for his second and Spurs fifth. Following a short corner Binks headed in number six at the far post. Patterson and White both had to have treatment in the closing minutes but were able to finish te game.

It was another fine attacking performance by an in-form Spurs who have scored 21 goals in their last three league games, but they are still only top by a point from Arsenal who won 4-2 today. There is now another break in the league with half term next week, but some will be going to Eindhoven for Wednesday.


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