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MK Dons U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 16.01.10
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier Academy League, Group B
            Spurs Lodge, Chigwell
          16th January 2010, 11am

         MK DONS      v       SPURS
       (All White)         (All Blue)
          4-4-2               4-4-2

           3(2)                2(1)

     Ashley Harrison  1 Jordan Archer
     George Williams  2 Nathan Byrne
       Adam Chicksen  3 Zaine Francis-Angol
          David King  4 Jake Nicholson
        Harry Milton  5 Oluimide Durojaiye
      Tom Flanagan(C) 6 Cameron Lancaster
         Troy Farden  7 Paul-Jose M'Poku
      Justin Dowling  8 Dean Parrett
     Charlie Collins  9 Kudus Oyenuga
       Martel Powell 10 Harry Kane(C)
       Igor Coronado 11 Paul McBride

        Daniel Glass 12 Jamie Butler
      George Baldock 13 Alex Pritchard
          (7)76Mins.    (2)70Mins.
       Jordan Browne 14 Jesse Waller-Lassen
          (6)46Mins.     (7)42Mins.
       Liam McGovern 15 Tom Carroll
                        (6)42Mins.
            Mark Lee 16 
            (10)Mins.

Scorer:-
          Chicksen 7     Oyenuga 45
      Collins 35, 68     Kane 65

Coach:-
             M. Love     A. Inglethorpe

Referee:- N. Field
This game was moved from Milton Keynes (due to the pitch being water-logged) to Spurs Lodge where the match was played in continuous rain. They used the reserves training pitch which is higher than the Academy one due to better drainage.

Inglethorpe made quite a few changes for this the first league game since the 12th December. There was a first start for Jordan Archer in goal and Lancaster came in with Durojaiye at the back with Byrne moving to right back and Francis-Angol on the left. Parrett and Nicholson started in the centre of midfield with M'Poku on the right and McBride got a start on the left. Oyenuga started up front with support from Kane.

Spurs kicked off attacking the north end with both sides taking a little while to settle down as play went from end to end. An early effort from M'Poku flew over and Archer saved from King. Parrett was played in by M'Poku but saw his shot saved before Coranado was brought down on the edge of the area. Chicksen struck the ball low through the wall to beat Archer to put the “home” team into the lead.

Spurs responded well with Byrne having an effort saved, and from a Parrett corner Lancaster went wide after Durojaiye's effort was blocked. Dowling drew a save from the keeper but was ruled offside. McBride fired wide from a free kick and Byrne headed over from a corner. Flanagan had a chance from a corner that was saved and Kane had time for a touch before firing in a shot that came back off the post. A foul on Kane lead to a free kick by M'Poku that was blocked for a corner.

The Dons increased their lead when Parrett was dispossessed in the middle and they broke with three on two for Collins to finish. They came close to increasing that lead when the ball struck the inside of the post and was cleared off the line. Inglethorpe immediately made two changes with Waller-Lassen replacing M'Poku and Carroll coming on for Lancaster to play at left back with Francis-Angol moving inside. Spurs got back into the game with a strike from Oyenuga that was curled into the far corner soon after.

Spurs started the second half in more confident mood and McBride crossed for Parrett to hit over the bar and, after Dowling saw his effort saved, Kane played Oyenuga in but his strike was blocked. Farden fired wide and Collins sent the ball over before Spurs equalised thanks to a shot on the turn by Kane. Spurs went in search of a third with Francis-Angol coming out of the back to hit a long range shot that was well saved. The Dons broke and Collins beat two defenders before rounding the keeper to go back in front. Kane had his effort saved before Inglethorpe made his last change by sending on Pritchard for Bryne. Oyenuga shot wide and then put a free header wide from Parrett's free kick. Pritchard put his effort over in added time.

Spurs fielded a weaker side than the one that beat the Dons 6-0 in November at the Lodge but came close to getting something from the game. Midfielder Lancaster had a poor game at the back and was replaced early. The introduction of Carroll and Waller-Lassen added pace to the side which gave them an edge. The Dons did well in closing down Spurs for much of the time until the extra pace began to open up the play.

Spurs failed to close the gap on the leaders Leicester whose game was postponed and look to be falling further back. Next saturday the Academy entertain Coventry at the Lodge needing a win to keep in touch with the leaders.

Ray

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