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Spurs U-18s v Bristol City U-18s, 14.02.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

       Premier Academy League, Group B
        Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
     Saturday 14th February 2009, 12.00am

         SPURS      v     BRISTOL CITY
     (White/Blue)          (All Red)
         4-4-2               4-5-1 

          5(2)                0(0)

       Jamie Butler 1 Louis Carey
        Adam Smith  2 Ross Stearn
           Sam Cox  3 Nick Dunn
       Yaser Kasim  4 Danny Ball
    Steven Caulker  5 Luke Wilkinson
     Calum Butcher  6 Daryn Hennessey
   Andros Townsend  7 Joe Lennox
      John Bostock  8 Ashley Kington
     Kudos Oyenuga  9 Joe Edwards
        Ryan Mason 10 Marlon Jackson
    Jonathan Obika 11 Joe McClennan

     Oscar Jansson 12 George Boon
      Dean Parrett 13   
  Paul-Jose M’Poku 14 Nathan Livings
   Jake Nicholson 15  Harry Rubbins
        (2)63Mins.    (2)60Mins.
     Anthony Jack 16 

    A.Inglethorpe     J. Clayton

     Obika 26
     Butcher 45+1
     Oyenuga 46
     Mason 57pen
     Jack 90+3


 Kington 38(High)
 Dunn 56(Late)

Referee:- N. Hair
There were no teamsheets available for this game, which is unusual, so apologies for any errors. It was a cold morning with some warm sunshine between the clouds with a sodden pitch. The visitors arrived late so the kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes.

Spurs lined up with a few changes to the team from the midweek cup tie at Plymouth. Butler swapped places with Jansson in goal with the usual pairing of Butcher and Caulker at the back and Smith on the right. Cox came in at left back and Kasim joined Bostock in the centre of midfield. Townsend continued on the right wing with Obika on the left. Oyenuga started up front with Mason in support.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South goal and threatened early when Obika got down the line and put in a hard cross that Oyenuga just failed to meet. Edwards fired wide at the other end before Obika went wide. Oyenuga drifted to the left and put in a hanging cross for Obika to challenge Carey, unfairly according to the ref. A free kick from Townsend was headed wide by Oyenuga before Spurs took a deserved lead. Townsend had switched to the left and passed inside to Mason who had dropped off. Mason's diagonal pass found Obika coming in from the right, who controlled the ball before curling it in with his left foot from an tight angle.

Good inter-passing released Smith to bomb down the line with McClennan in pursuit. The City player resorted to tripping the full back and was booked by the referee. Mason fired wide from a corner and then Carey pushed out his next effort straight to Oyenuga. The keeper reacted quickly to save the follow up. Carey then saved from Townsend with Obika putting the rebound over. Kington went into the book for a two-footed tackle. McClennan had a snap shot that went over. Townsend fired wide of the far post before providing a good cross that Oyenuga met in the centre of the area. His goal bound shot deflected off Obika and went wide.

Mason had another effort go wide before the Spurs pressure told in added time. Townsend put another good ball into the goalmouth and it looked like Oyenuga got a foot to it but it was blocked on the line before Butcher poked the ball home. Oyenuga had another effort saved before the ref blew for half-time.

The Robins kicked off the second half but lost possession deep in the Spurs half. As it was cleared Oyenuga collected it near the centre circle and without support ran at the visitors defence down the left channel before cutting inside and driving the ball across Carey into the far corner to finally get on the scoresheet. Oyenuga’s next effort was saved by the keeper. Smith overlapped down the right and was sent flying by a tackle in the area. There were calls for a penalty but the referee waved play on.

There then followed two penalties in the space of five minutes conceded by Wilkinson. The first was for handball when he got in the way of a strike from Mason. Mason struck his kick to the left but Carey guessed right and pushed it to safety. The second penalty involved the same two players with Wilkinson tackling Mason on the right side of the area as he went past. Mason put his kick in the same corner with the keeper going the other way.

Inglethorpe took off Oyenuga and sent on Jack to play on the left side with Obika going up front. Townsend, playing on the right, came inside but hit his effort over, before Jackson had a chance at the far post which he put wide. Smith was replaced by Nicholson before City came close again when Butler saved from Edwards and Jackson put the rebound over the bar.

After Obika had an effort saved and Kasim put his chance over, Inglethorpe made his last change by replacing Bostock with Parrett. Obika saw his near post header from a corner hit the post and then fired over from the next one. City threw caution to the wind and pushed forward in search of a consolation with Kington testing Butler with a shot and Lennox driving wide. Boon then fired over following a free kick. Being more open, it allowed Spurs to break and Townsend fired over before forcing Carey into a save in added time. With time running out Obika saw his near post head cleared off the line from another good Townsend corner. The ball came out invitingly for Jack to volley home the fifth.

This game was not as closely fought as their last encounter and was, in truth, a very one-sided contest. These youngsters are on a roll from Wednesday and withstood the heavy challenges that City resorted to, having been out-classed. The win keeps Spurs on top of the group from Aston Villa who they meet next Saturday at the Lodge. This will be a tougher test as Villa are a good side. Inglethorpe has produced a good side which has only lost once this season. It will also be a big test in the next round of the Youth Cup against Arsenal.


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