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Spurs U-18s v Ipswich U-18s, 13.02.10
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier Academy League
      Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
    Saturday 13rd February 2010, 11am

         SPURS    v   IPSWICH TOWN
     (White/Blue)      (All Red)

         4-4-2           4-4-2

          2(0)            0(0)

   Oscar Jansson  1  Mirko Ranieri
    Nathan Byrne  2  Callum Bennett
  Anton Blackwood 3  Seb Dunbar
          Sam Cox 4  Luke Hyam(C)
Olumude Durojaiye 5  Tom Eastman
    Calum Butcher 6  McQuirk
 Waller-Lassen(C) 7  Billy Clark
  Jake Nicholson  8  Corley
   Kudus Oyenuga  9  Ronan Murray
     Tom Carroll 10  Caolan Lavery
Paul-Jose MíPoku 11  Jamie Griffiths

   Jordan Archer 12  Josh Carson
    Paul McBride 14  Sam Brandon 
       (9)46Mins.    (9)67Mins.
  Alex Pritchard 15

   A.Inglethorpe     R. Hall

         Byrne 62 
 Waller-Lassen 87 

                     McQuirk 78(Trip)
It was a very cold morning for this re-arranged match. There was no teamsheet this morning so I have done the best with the teams and apologise for any errors. The game was scheduled to kick off at 11.30 but they kicked off early just as I was arriving.

Inglethorpe, having lost some players to Clive Allen's reserve squad, started with Jansson in goal with Butcher and Durojaiye in front of him. Byrne started at right back with Blackwood on the left. Cox joined Nicholson in the centre of midfield with Waller-Lassen on the right and M'Poku on the left. Carroll supported Oyenuga up front. Loanee Ranieri returned to the Lodge in goal for the visitors.

Spurs defending the North end in the first half were soon on the attack with Ranieri saving from M'Poku at his near post. Ipswich settled into a solid defensive formation that pushed up to squeeze the the play in the middle third and closed down the Spurs players to restrict chances. It wasn't until the 15th minute that Oyenuga got through but Ranieri saved well. Ten minutes later and Lavery fired Ipswich's first effort over. Waller-Lassen came inside to fire a shot that was saved before the "Tractor Boys" almost scored. Clark flighted the ball to the far post for Murray to run onto and hit the near post with his effort. Griffiths drove wide shortly after before M'Poku played Oyenuga in on the left but Kudus fired across the goal. Nicholson drove wide from 20 yards as the half ended.

Inglethorpe made one change at half-time by bringing McBride on for Oyenuga on the left wing. Cox dropped to left back with Blackwood moving to right back with M'Poku moving into the middle and Byrne going up front. The game opened out more in the second half with the visitors pushing forward more. Griffiths saw his free kick saved a minute in. Waller-Lassen fired over before Byrne put his effort wide after being put in by M'Poku. Lavery and Hyam both had efforts saved and Corley fired wide as the visitors took chances offered before Spurs finally broke through.

M'Poku released McBride on the left and he crossed low for Byrne to turn in. Hyam saw his effort go wide following a turn over. Ipswich made a couple of substitutions in an effort to turn the game. McQuirk was booked when Byrne got past him on the halfway line with a clear run at goal and was tripped. Spurs sealed the win with a second goal when Carroll got free on the left and crossed for Waller-Lassen to get the final touch ahead of Byrne a yard out.

This was a hard fought victory which keeps Spurs 5 points behind group leaders Leicester City. They had to work hard to break down a strong defensive side. Unlike the first team they kept pushing until they got the result they needed. Next week they entertain Bristol city at the Lodge.


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