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Spurs U-17s 2 Arsenal U-17s 1 , 24.11.01

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List


	F.A.Premier U-17 Academy League
	    Spurs Lodge, Chigwell,
	Saturday 24th November 2001, 11am.

		SPURS v ARSENAL
          White/Blue    Red/White
		3-5-2     4-4-2

		2(1)    1(0)

     Paul Rutherford 1 M. Niedweski
      David Tyrie(C) 2 W. O'Sullivan
        Marcel McKie 3 M. Probet
         Lee Barnett 4 A. Kamara
        Ricky Dobson 5 F. Simeck
      Jonathan Black 6 J. Hoyte
          Mario Noto 7 D. Shiels
       Nicky Wettner 8 S. Bradley(C)
     Micheal Malcolm 9 M. Gordon
        Mark Yeates 10 A. Birchall
           Tim Ford 11 S. O'Donnell

         Owen Price 12 S. Oji 
			(2) 85Mins.
       Michael Eade 13
        David Hicks 14 B. Freeman
     Gareth Jenkins 15 S. Larsson 
			(7) 60Mins.
        Philip Ifil 16 I. Hojsted 
			(9) 80Mins.

Scorers - Malcolm 9, Noto 63, Birchall 68

Booked - Wettner 74(late)

This was a cool damp morning which brightened up with sunshine for the second half causing the Gooners problems as they had to look into the sun. There was a large crowd of over a hundred to watch a fairly good game which was tight for the first half but opened out more during the second.

Spurs lined up with Dobson at the back flanked by Tyrie on the right and McKie to his left. The midfield consisted of Barnett, Black and Wettner with Noto wide on the right and Ford on the left.

The first half was fought in the middle of the pitch with a handful of chances mainly at the Gunners' end as Spurs tried to pass through their defence, mainly using the flanks, and they trying quick counters. Our passing game kept them on the back foot but the final ball was often missing. The ninth minute goal came out of nothing as a long ball over the top had Niedweski racing out of his area to beat Malcolm to the ball. His attempted clearance knocked out Malcolm and rebounded into the goal.

The rest of the half saw little goalmouth action with Tyrie going close with a header and Malcolm, Yeates and Noto having good efforts with a couple from Birchall for the Gooners.

Spurs started the second half in a more purposeful mood and quickly began to dominate. Instead of trying to go round the back, they played more early balls through a back line that was being caught square. Malcolm and Noto had good efforts saved by Neidweski before the Gooners made a change bringing on one of their Scandinavians, Swedish international Sebastien Larsson. His attacking midfield play started to redress the balance. They won a free kick near the right hand corner and pushed everyone up looking for the equaliser. After a scramble in the box the ball was cleared for Noto who ran from deep inside his half to the edge of the Arsenal area before driving the ball low past Niedweski's right hand.

The Gooners had picked up the pace with the substitution and were putting more pressure on the home defence. They got their reward when the hard-working Birchall picked up a loose ball on the right, came inside and hit a curler into the far corner of the net. It was the Gooners' turn to put on the pressure and they kept it on until the final whistle although we still had a few chances before the end to add to our tally from balls played through a high backline with Noto Malcolm and Yeates having the best strikes.

This was a good result although any win against the South London exiles is a good one. Tyrie had an excellent game at the back and Noto, who has been playing at this level for over two seasons, is improving his all round game. Yeates showed a lot of commitment and workrate as he caused the visitors' backline problems creating space for others. There are no Academy matches next week with the next game being the Youth cup game at Walsall. Will anyone be going? The next league game at Spurs Lodge will be the U-17 against Reading with the U-19 playing at Reading on the 8th December.

Ray

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