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Spurs U-18s v Millwall U-18s, 21.04.07

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       FA Premier Academy League – South
    Spurs Lodge, Luxborough Lane, Chigwell
        Saturday 21st April 2007, 11am
 
           SPURS     v     MILLWALL    
       (White/Blue)      (Blue/White)
           4-4-2            4-4-2
 
            1(1)             1(1)
 
      Richard Stroud 1 Preston Edwards(C)
     Takura Mtandari 2 Andrew Callaghan
        Cian Hughton 3 Jay Semper
        Dean Parrett 4 Dan Keen
         Joe Martin  5 Pat O’Conner
        Leigh Mills  6 Charlie Read
       David Hutton  7 Gary Bowes
   Jake Livermore(C) 8 Tom Kilbey
      Tomas Pekhart  9 Gary Noel
    Daniel Hutchins 10 Sam Higgins
     Jonathan Obika 11 Michael Noone
 
       Kyle
       Fraser-Allen 12  Darren Ebsworth
       Jamie Butler 13     
         Alex Smith 14  Kieran Dingri
        Luke Medley 15      
 
Coach:-
      A. Inglethope     J. Little

Scorers:-
         Pekhart 6      Kilbey  31
  
Bookings:- None known                                      
 
Ref:- Mr. Andrews

Because of the early start for the Arsenal game I was only able to watch the first half of this match. Not surprisingly, there was only a small group of onlookers. It was a warm sunny morning and the players took every opportunity to take water during stoppages.

Spurs lined up Mills and Martin at the back with Mtandari preferred to Smith at right back and Hughton at left back. U-15 international Parrett made his second start alongside Livermore in the centre of midfield with Hutton wide on the right and Obika on the left. Pekhart returned to the starting line-up with Hutchins alongside him. Danny tends to drop back into midfield with the wide men pushing forward down the flanks.

Spurs defended the North end, and soon put pressure on the visitors' defence with both wide men down the flanks. Parrett seemed to be more advanced than Livermore with Hutchins moving across the midfield in a free role and he had the first shot of the match, after three minutes.

With the wide men pushing forward it gives the full backs space to support and it was from Hughton on the left that Spurs opened the scoring. His centre was not cleared and fell to Pekhart who drove the ball low into the left corner from ten yards. Tomas should have doubled the lead a minute later when Hutton made a good run down the right and cut inside to square the ball for him. Yards from goal and central he mis-hit his shot and it went over the bar. Millwall responded with two quick corners before Noone had a long range shot just wide.

After nearly twenty minutes Pekhart hit the post from close range, again connecting with a cross from the right. Spurs were made to pay for those misses when I think it was who Kilbey won the ball deep on the left and ran through the defence to drive the ball into the far corner. Pekhart and Hutchins had further efforts before Hutchins hit the post with a few minutes left of the half.

I don’t know how the second half panned out, but it looked like Spurs would continue to dominate. But I have seen matches where it was completely different in the second half. Parrett looked strong and did make a surging thirty yard run riding a few tackles. Next Saturday will be the last game of the season with the MK Dons the visitors to the Lodge. Before that the Reserves will entertain Fulham at Stevenage on Monday evening. (Ed: The final result was 1-1, so it seems Ray saw the important part of the game!)

Ray

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