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Portsmouth Reserves v Spurs Reserves, 04.05.09

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier Reserve League, South   
       Westleigh Park, Havant, Hampshire   
         Monday 4th May 2009, 2.30pm

         PORTSMOUTH   v     SPURS 
         (All Blue)      (White/Blue)
           4-4-2           4-1-4-1

            0(0)             1(1)

       Asmir Begovic  1 Ben Alnwick
         Tero Mantya  2 Cian Hughton
       Lennard Sowah  3 Gilberto
         Marlon Pack  4 Jake Livermore(C)
      Ryan Woodford(C)5 Ricardo Rocha
      Luke Wilkinson  6 Takura Mtandari
       Gael Nlundulu  7 Kyle Fraser-Allen
    Florent Cuvelier  8 Jacques Maghoma
 Gazet Du Chatellier  9 Simon Dawkins
          Tom Kilbey 10 Yaser Kasim
       Armand Traore 11 David Hutton

         Mark Smith  12 Jamie Butler
         Jon Stewart 13 Adam Smith
       Billy Goddard.14 Jake Nicholson
       Ellis Martin  15 Coskun Ekim
          (9)46Mins.    (9)74Mins.
   Pablo Navas Alors 16 Sam Cox

                        Dawkins 19  

                        Rocha 39(Trip)  

        G. Wittingham   C. Allen

Ref:- K. Johnson
Assistants:- R. Corp, A. Serrano, C. Nzenga 

Attendance - 320
It was a typical chilly and overcast Bank Holiday afternoon for the last game of the season. Hutton was back from Cheltenham and Livermore’s two red cards had not kicked in.

Spurs lined up with Rocha and Gilberto at the back with Hughton on the right and Mtandari on the left. Livermore started in front of the back line with Maghoma and Kasim in the centre of midfield with Fraser-Allen on the right wing and Hutton on the left in support of Dawkins as lone striker.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half but were soon on the attack when Fraser-Allen beat the offside trap and went round the keeper only to hit the right post. Hutton was first to the rebound and crossed for Kasim who drove the ball wide from about 10 yds.

Traore got past Hughton and crossed for Nlundulu to fire in a shot that Alnwick saved. Gilberto took a free kick from just outside the area which was diverted for a corner. Kilbey drove forward and fired over the bar before Spurs took the lead. Maghoma dribbled into the area and laid off the ball to Kasim. When his effort was blocked, the ball fell to Dawkins advancing from the right who drilled it past Begovic.

Kilbey saw his effort saved as Spurs began to dominate. Bergovic saved from Mtandari and Livermore. Kasim saw his effort saved after being put through by Dawkins. Traore was the only experienced player in the Pompey side and he was causing Hughton problems down the left. He got to the line and crossed for first Wilkinson and then Nlundulu, who had efforts blocked before Pack fired over. Dawkins drew another save from the keeper before Rocha tripped Traore as he went past him to earn a yellow card. Bergovic saved from Maghoma at the expense of a corner from which Rocha had a chance that was blocked for another corner.

Portsmouth made two changes for the second half which included taking off Traore, the home side's best player. Spurs picked up were they left off with Maghoma driving wide before drawing a save from Bergovic to win a corner. Fraser-Allen fired over as did Livermore minutes later. Ekim replaced Kasim in the centre as Spurs settled for just the single goal. Mtandari got to the line but saw his cross bounce off the crossbar. Hughton got forward to fire wide and Livermore saw his effort blocked for a corner. From the corner Mtandari fired over, but he did force the keeper into a save later. Spurs continued to knock the ball around looking for opening without pressuring Portsmouth until the final whistle.

It was a simple end of season game that Spurs dominated from beginning to end. There was plenty of movement and quick passing that was superior to the football that Pompey could muster with only a lack of goals to spoil the result. We will now wait to see what will happen over the summer as to who will be released and who will stay.


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