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Spurs U-18s v Cardiff U-18s, 05.12.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier Academy League
     Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
 Saturday 5th December 2009, 11.00am

      SPURS       v      CARDIFF CITY
  (White/Blue)           (Yellow/Blue)
      4-4-2                  4-4-2

       3(2)                   1(0)

    Jamie Butler  1 Jordan Santiago
   Waller-Lassen  2 Luke Cummings
     Tom Carroll  3 Johnathan Meades(C)
  Jake Nicholson  4 Zac Evans
    Nathan Byrne  5 Alex Evans
Cameron Lancaster 6 Kye Edwards
 Ryan Fredericks  7 Solomon Taylor
    Dean Parrett  8 Manadou Diallo
   Kudus Oyenuga  9 Nathaniel Jarvis
   Harry Kane(C) 10 Ibrahim Farah
Paul-Jose MíPoku 11 Leigh Smith

  Jonathon Miles 12 Sameth Al-Basith
  Alex Pritchard 13 Reece Ottley
    Paul McBride 14 Stefan Jones 
      (7)79Mins.    (11)69Mins.
 Anton Blackwood 15 
Olumide Durojaiye16 

    A.Inglethorpe   N. Ardley

 Fredericks 3, 12   Jones 85
 McBride 90 

   Nicholson 35     Z. Evans 45+1
     (2 footed)     (Professional Foul) 

Referee:- W. Harvey

It was a sunny morning but with a chilled wind for this morning match. The ground was heavy due to the large amount of rain we had during the week. Spurs lined up with Lancaster and Byrne at the back with Waller-Lassen at right back and Carroll on the left. Parrett and Nicholson started in the centre of midfield with Fredericks on the right wing and M'Poku on the left. Kane supported Oyenuga up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end and soon had the visitors back-pedalling. A free kick was awarded 25 yards out and M'Poku stepped up to take it. His kick was deflected to the keeper's left and he could only push it into the path of Fredricks coming in at the far post. Ryan got there just ahead of his marker to prod home for an early lead.

Things got better when Carroll got down the left and crossed to Fredericks again coming in at the far post to score his and Spurs' second. A minute later and Santiago saved Parrett's effort. Fredericks ran onto a through ball and lifted it over the keeper before colliding with him. A defender got back to clear the ball before Fredericks and Santiago had to receive treatment. When play re-started Byrne headed over the corner from Parrett. Fredericks had an effort go wide before the visitors first effort from Jarvis was saved by Butler.

Spurs kept the pressure on and M'Poku saw his header cleared off the line from a corner. Nicholson flew into a tackle on Farah that had the Cardiff player incensed and the Ref showed a yellow card for the two footed tackle. Nicholson played a one-two with Fredericks to get to the line but pulled the ball back behind Oyenuga at the far post. Taylor tested Butler before Lancaster drove upfield and saw his effort blocked for a corner. Nicholson went on a run with the Bluebirds defence stretched and was pulled back by Evans as he broke through for a clear run on goal. As the defender was not the last man he only received a yellow card from the referee. M'Poku curled the ball in from the left that Parrett may have got a touch on before it went into the far side of the goal. Despite the pleas from Paul-Jose that it went in direct from his boot it was disallowed for off side by Parrett.

Cardiff had a chance at the start of the second half when Taylor got free on the right and crossed for Jarvis to draw a save from Butler. Spurs took charge again and Parrett had a weak effort saved before M'Poku drove wide. Lancaster was replaced by Durojaiye at the back having done so well in an unusual position. Oyenuga fired wide having been played in by M'Poku before he was unmarked at the near post to head a ball in from Fredericks onto the post. Fredericks was then replaced by McBride for the run-in. Parrett fired over before Evans headed a corner well over. Waller-Lassen then went to sleep as he waited for the ball to come to him and was caught out by Taylor who went down the line and crossed for Jones to finish. The two goal lead was restored when M'Poku found McBride on the right who came inside and beat Santiago with a curled effort into the far side of the net. In added time Parrett put a free kick over the bar.

This was another strong attacking performance by Spurs which should have ended with a bigger margin than the two goals. With Butcher going out on loan his place at the back was taken by Lancaster who is an attacking midfield player. It will be interesting to see who plays in defence at Wigan on wednesday evening in the Youth Cup tie.After the FA Youth Cup tie it is back to the League with an away game at Birmingham who lost to runaway leaders Leicester 0-4.


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