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Charlton U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 14.04.07

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

	FA Premier Academy League
        Charlton Training Ground,
           Sparrows Ln, Eltham 
       Saturday 14th April 2007, 11am

         CHARLTON    v    SPURS 
        (Red/White)    (White/Blue)
          4-4-2           4-4-2
           1(0)           2(1)

        Joe Woolley 1 Alex Jennings
        Jon Kurrant 2 Adam Smith
         Jack Clark 3 Andre Blackman
        Chris Solly 4 Yasser Karim  
    Taylor Sinfield 5 Joe Martin
    Rhys Coleman(C) 6 Ajet Shehu
      Jonjo Shelvey 7 David Hutton
        Harry Arter 8 Jake Livermore(C) 
        Ben Godfrey 9 Alex Olsen
    Richmond Kissi 10 Daniel Hutchins
   Lozano-Calderon 11 Andros Townsend
    Chris Saunders 12 Takura Mtandari
         (2)61Mins    (2)50Mins.
      Mads Nielsen 13 James Butler
  Donovan Simmonds 14 Tomas Pekhart
         (9)54Mins    (9)58Mins
     Lewis Perkins 15 Alex Smith
                   16 Kyle Fraser-Allen  

         Kissi 87     Martin 34
                      Livermore 59 
      D. Matthews     A. Inglethorpe
Attendence:- Approx. 150
Referee:-    P. Wilson
Assistants:- D. D’Wan, G. Garrey

It was a sunny morning in south London which was warm after a chilly start. Neither side put out a full strength side as it is that time when coaches are thinking about next season and give a run out to new and younger talent.

Spurs lined up with a new lad in goal, of whom I have no knowledge, but with a name that I hope he lives up to. Joe Martin was partnered at the back with another new lad Ajet Shetu with Adam Smith at right back and another new face at left back in Andre Blackman. Jake Livermore was again partnered in midfield by Yasser Kasim with David Hutton wide on the right and Andros Townsend wide on the left. Up front Daniel Hutchins supported Alex Olsen back from injury. We had a strong bench with U-15 keeper James Butler who stepped in last week.

Charlton kicked off the first half and with so many new players it was no surprise that the game was a little ragged and players got used to each other. Blackman and Jennings made a few mistakes early on but settled down and grew in confidence as the game wore on. Most of the early play was in the middle of the park with the home side showing slightly more than Spurs.

The experienced Arter and U-16 Lozano-Calderon stood out for the "Valiants". The first chance fell to the home side when Arter took a free kick from about 25 yards out, which was tipped over by Jennings after 20 minutes. Spurs won their first corner four minutes later. Both our wingers were making progress down the flanks with Hutchins in the centre making sure they had the ball. Smith worked well with Hutton on the right and won a corner, from which Spurs took the lead. Martin headed home from Hutton’s kick. Now most of the possession was with the visitors as they picked up most of the loose balls and looked the most likely to score.

Just after the restart Smith seemed to injure his knee making a tackle deep in the Charlton half and had to be subbed by Mtandari. The home side brought on Simmonds just after to add more height to their attack and he did cause Blackman a few early problems, but after a few good tackles he had enough confidence to push forward in support of Townsend. Inglethorpe took off Olsen and gave Pekhart a run out which paid dividends straight away. Hutchins got away down the right and his cross was touched on by Pekhart to find Livermore coming in at the far post to drive the ball in from about 15yds.

Spurs were now on top and had efforts from Hutton and Townsend, with Blackman hitting the post after a thirty yard run. Shetu looked to have pulled a stomach muscle jumping for a ball on the halfway line and had to be replaced. When Fraser-Allen came on, it caused a shuffle around as Mtandari went into the middle alongside Martin with Hutchins dropping into the right back position and Hutton moving to support Pekhart up front so that Fraser-Allen could play on the right.

Spurs came close to increasing their lead when Townsend’s cross was knocked out into the path of Kasim, who started the move. He drove the ball in it but it was blocked on the line. With Spurs looking to close the game down in the last ten minutes Kissi found himself in space behind the defence but his lob dropped behind the goal. With five minutes left an attempted clearance by Martin left Kissi in space again. This time his header over Jennings went into the net. Despite this Charlton could not raise their game and Spurs held on until the whistle.

Spurs started slowly but when they got going there was only going to be one winner. They created plenty of chances down both flanks and early on, if Olsen had been quicker, they might have taken control sooner that they did. All three new boys did well and if they get the chance I am sure that they will settle in after a few games. The U-16’s played on a nearby pitch and I heard that they won 4-2 with Ryan Mason getting two and Parrett also scoring. The U-18’s have two more games left, both at home. Next Saturday they play Millwall and then MK Dons the following week.


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