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Spurs U-18s v MK Dons U-18s, 28.04.07

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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    FA Premier Academy League – South
 Spurs Lodge, Luxborough Lane, Chigwell
     Saturday 28th April 2007, 11am
 
          SPURS    V    MK DONS      
    (White/Blue)        (All Black)
          4-4-2         4-4-2
 
           2(2)         6(2)
 
   Richard Stroud  1 Laurie Walker
  Takura Mtandari  2 Miles Mitchell-Coop
    Cian Hughton   3 James Nash(C)
Kyle Fraser-Allen  4 Adam Moriarty
      Ajet Shehu   5 Adam Kent
     Leigh Mills   6 Oliver Thorne
    David Hutton   7 Tom Williams
Jake Livermore(C)  8 Charlie Shuter
   Tomas Pekhart   9 Sam Baldock
 Daniel Hutchins  10 Stephane Koffi
  Jonathan Obika  11 Liam Kelly
 
    Yasser Kasim  12 Daniel Powell
    (7)46 Mins.
    Jamie Butler  13 David King
     Luke Medley  14 Daniel Delderfield
     Alex Olsen   15  
    (5) 46 Mins.
                  17 Kurt Fox
 
Coach :-
  A. Inglethope       M. Dove
 
Scorers:-
    Hutchins 1       Baldock  Pen.7, 35, 60
    Hutton  33      Kelly 57, 78
                     Williams 90
  
Bookings:-
    Shetu 7(trip)    Moriarty 9(foul)
    Hughton 73       Mitchell-Coop 74(trip)
(kick ball away)                                     
 
Re:- Mr. Andrews
Assistants:-
 T. Hemmings, D. Cross

It was a bright, sunny morning at the Lodge for Spurs' last game of the season. There was a strong breeze blowing from right to left which held up high balls. There was a good sized crowd of around fifty with no noticeable celebs. The officials wore yellow as the visitors were in all black.

Spurs lined up with Mills and the newbie Shetu at the back with Mtandari on the right and Hughton on the left. Hutchins joined Livermore in the centre with Fraser-Allen on the right and Obika on the left. Hutton moved up front to partner Pekhart. This was not the original line-up planned by Inglethorpe as Kasim arrived late, otherwise it would have been more like last weeks.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South End and got off to the best possible start when Obika’s centre was turned out for a corner in the first minute. Hutton’s corner was headed goal-wards by Mills but saved by Walker, but the ball was bundled over the line in a scramble by the post with Hutchins possibly getting the final touch. The Dons keeper looked shaky and managed to clear the fence behind us with a goal kick, but they did respond well and attacked strongly. Shetu, who was injured at Charlton, made a couple of errors which must have knocked his confidence. He was caught out by Kelly and tripped him as he got away. Baldock sent Stroud the wrong way with his spot kick.

Shortly after Walker fumbled a centre from Fraser-Allen, but Pekhart hit his effort over the bar. In the 33rd minute Pekhart collected the ball out wide and made room to cross for his partner Hutton to head home. A true reversal of roles. The joy was short lived as Baldock received the ball in the area unmarked to drive low past Stroud. The visitors were closing down the space in the middle with some hard tackling and some professional marking of Pekhart with most of the Spurs attacks progessing down the flanks with Obika and Fraser-Allen.

Inglethorpe made two changes for the second half with a shuffling of players. Shetu was taken off and Mtandari moved into the middle as we had no centre back on the bench. Hutchins moved to right back and his place in midfield taken by Kasim. Olsen came on for Hutton up front.

Spurs started the half strongly and Fraser-Allen’s attempted centre was adjudged to have been handled by Moriarty in the 47th minute. Walker dived to his right to push the ball away. Five minutes later a last ditch tackle prevented Olsen shooting from ten yards as the visitors were getting stronger.

When Spurs lost possession in the centre circle the ball was played out to Kelly who was not closed down and came inside to hit a 25yd volley passed Stroud. A few minutes later and Spurs lost the ball on the left which was played inside to Baldock. He skipped past a challenge and drove the ball low into the far corner for his hat-trick.

Spurs were rattled and losing ground to the Dons which was typified by Hughton kicking the ball away as the ref tried to collect it for a free kick against him. Kelly then scored an almost identical second goal to put the game beyond Spurs. Stroud gave the ball to Koffi from a quickly taken goal kick which the striker crashed onto the crossbar.

With time running out the home side tried to get something back with a wave of attacks which produced a few near misses. Livermore came closest to scoring when his close range effort was blocked by the keeper on the line. The misery was compounded when Spurs again lost possession in their own half and Williams fired in from the edge of the area.

Spurs suffered their biggest defeat of the season against the weakest team in all four groups. Spurs finished the season third in the group with the most draws. The Dons came to contain Spurs as the time-wasting by Walker from the start showed. Pekhart was man-handled by Thorne for most of the game, but did not lose his cool as he has done in the past. Olsen showed good intelligence in his game which bodes well for the future and Fraser-Allen had IMO his best game today.

This season has seen many changes due to injuries which effected our strikers and centre-backs most of all. Today we had three U-16 players with the England squad at Wembley who might have played today if available. I saw Terry Dixon who is back in training and hopes to be in the trip to Holland next month. Monday sees the last reserve game of the season at Stevenage when we play Portsmouth.

Ray

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