Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
FA Premier Academy League U19 Group A
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell
Saturday 23rd February 2002, 11am
SPURS v CHELSEA
(White/Blue) (All Yellow)
Shwan Jalal 1 Lenny Pidgeley
Stephen Kelly 2 Andrew Ross
Marcel McKie 3 Scott Cousins
Mark Hughes 4 Valerio Di Cesare
Ronnie Henry(C) 5 Patrick Baldwin
Paul O'Donoghue 6 Robert Huth
Dean Marney 7 Alexis Nicolas
Walter Thomas 8 Danny Jeffreys
Jamie Slabber 9 Carlton Cole
Lee Barnard 10 Sebastian Kneissi
Nicky Wettner 11 Filipe Olivera
John Sutton 12 Dean Smith
Robert Burch 13 Glenn Wizik
James Quilter 14 Danny Hollands
James Lee 15 Antonio Martella
Christopher Herron 16 Filipe Morais
Booked:- Hughes 66 foul, Di Cesare 80 foul
This was a game played under very difficult condictions which made good
football almost impossible. Coupled with a referee who did not appear to be
playing the same game as the others on the pitch, it led to a frustrating
morning for the lads and some of the watching crowd of around 50. I left
home after a snow shower and arrived at the lodge in warm sunshine which
quickly disappeared due to the gusting wind. The wind was gusting from the
left veering towards us with such strength that it nearly knocked us off
our feet. This made judging the flight of the ball difficult for the players, as well as control.
Spurs started the first half kicking into the wind with Henry and
O'Donoghue at the back with Kelly on the right and McKie on the left.
Hughes anchored the midfield with Thomas and Marney alongside him with
Wettner providing the width on the left. Both sides tried passing the ball
but were unable to string many passes together due to the conditions and
so it became a little scrappy as frustration set in.
Matters were not helped by some eccentric refereeing which caused many four letter words to be
uttered in the official's direction. The "Blues" had a big lad in Cole who was
not averse to throwing his weight about, catching Barnard with an elbow
early on and Huth, another big lad, being very physical in the tackle. Both
goalies were called into action due to the inability of either side to hold
onto the ball. The only move of the half came from Spurs when they strung
together five passes ending with a shot on target.
The second half went much the way of the first with both sides looking for
errors to exploit. Marney used the wind when he lifted the ball beyond the
far post. The ball came back, just missing the top corner, stranding the keeper.
Marney also delivered a lot of low balls into the area to minimise the
effect of the wind, at least I hope he was:-)
Hughes was booked for a foul on the edge of the area more for his verbals to the referee than for the
tackle. Jalal was injured diving at the feet of an attacker racing onto a
through ball. This happened just as Pat Holland wanted to bring on
Sutton. Jalal was replaced by Burch and Sutton came on for Thomas, playing
up front with Slabber as the target man. Barnard dropped deep. The game
ended all square but not without efforts to break the deadlock.
The result means Spurs remain five points behind Chelsea in third place.
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