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Southampton U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 12.09.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier Academy League 
 Staplewood Training Ground, Marchwood, 
 Saturday 12th September 2009, 12 noon

   SOUTHAMPTON    v      SPURS 
   (Red/White)        (White/Blue)

     4-4-2                4-4-2

      0(0)                 3(1)

      Jack Dovey  1 Jamie Butler
      Ben Martin  2 Adam Smith
      Sam Argent  3 Zaine
                    Francis-Angol
   Andy Robinson  4 Jake Nicholson
      Lloyd Foot  5 Nathan Byrne
  Ryan Tafazolli  6 Calum Butcher
    Daryl McLean  7 Ryan Fredericks
   Callum McNish  8 Paul-Jose M'Poku
     Tony Garrod  9 Kudus Oyenuga
     Garyn Preen 10 Harry Kane(C)
                 11 Paul McBride

   Ciaran Harper 12 Mirko Ranieri
                 13 Chace O’Neill
   Lloyd Isgrove 14 Anton Blackwood
       (9)70Mins.   (8)89Mins.
         Jordace 
  Holder-Spooner 15 Olumide Durojaiye
       (4)87Mins.   (6)76Mins.
Alex Oxlade-
     Chamberlain 16 Jesse Waller-Lassen
      (10)53Mins.   (7)80Mins.

Scorers:-
                     M'Poku 31
                     Oyenuga 52 
                     McBride 65

Booked:-
   Argent 40(Foul)  

Coaches:-
       D. Puckett    A. Inglethorpe

Ref:- D. Cook
It was a sunny and warm morning down on the south coast for this inter-group game. Unfortunately due to a difficult journey down I arrived after the kick off which meant I missed the team-sheet for the home side but was able to cobble together a list of the players.

Spurs lined up with the same side as last week with just one change on the subs bench. Byrne was alongside Butcher at the back with Smith on the right and Francis-Angol on the left. Nicholson and M'Poku were in the centre of midfield with Fredericks on the right wing and McBride on the left. Kane was again behind Oyenuga up front.

I missed the early play when Kane hit the crossbar but Spurs took the game to the home side and it was no suprise when they opened the scoring. M'Poku took a free kick on the left which was fired over the wall into the far corner. When the home side had a free kick a minute later Butler saved Tafazolli's header. Kane had an effort that went over before Argent was booked for a tackle from behind on Francis-Angol. When Spurs got another free kick after McBride was pulled back, M'Poku curled the ball round the right of the wall hitting the post. M'Poku had another chance from a similar position after Kane was pushed over but hit it well over.

Spurs kept the pressure on in the second half and were soon further ahead when McBride robbed the full back and played the ball into M'Poku who carried the ball through the middle before slipping a forward pass to Oyenuga. The striker turned his marker and drove a low shot in to the left of the keeper.

The home side pushed for a goal and Garrod first saw an effort deflected for a corner and then had another saved by Butler also for a corner. Kane hit a free kick into the wall and Butcher hit the rebound on target from 40 yards which Dovey saved. Oyenuga had a chance that he put wide before Spurs increased their lead. M'Poku was again the provider playing a diagonal ball to McBride who was clear on the left. With one touch to control the ball he then hit it with the outside of his right across the keeper to put the game beyond the Saints.

The home side had a number of tall players which made corners interesting and Tafazolli had a rare header saved. Butcher came out of defence for another pot at goal but this time it was over. Smith made a run down the right crossing for Oyenuga, but Dovey saved his header. Inglethorpe took off Butcher to give Durojaiye more playing time, not that Southampton were still a threat. Kane saw his effort turned away for a corner with Nicholson shooting over and Fredericks going wide. Waller-Lassen came on for Fredericks to give him some more experience. Oyenuga saw an effort come back off the inside of the far post and Kane put his drive wide. Inglethorpe took off M'Poku in the last minute allowing Blackwood to replace him.

There are signs that the attacking play of this side is beginning to gel but the defence still looks a little shaky. Smith and Butcher have had to come in with Byrne moving into the centre to provide some stability. With Southampton dropping into the third division it looks like their academy intake has also suffered as they provided little opposition to what is still a developing Spurs side.

Next week the the U-18's entertain Fulham at the Lodge. While they have lost their opening three matches they tend to make it difficult for us.

Ray

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