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MK Dons U-16s v Spurs U-16s, 24.10.11

             U-16 Academy Challenge match
         Stadium MK Stadium Way, Milton Keynes
            Monday 24th October 2011, 7pm

            MK DONS      v       SPURS
          (All White)         (All Purple)
             4-5-1               4-4-2

              4(2)                2(0)

          Josh Thompson  1 Luke McGee
              John Osae  2 Kane Vincent-Young
              Ben Grant  3 Josh Hutchinson
              Dele Alli  4 Harry Winks
       Harry Hickford(C) 5 Ollie Cox(14)41Mins.**
         Remy Forrester  6 Conor Ogilvie(C)
           Aaran Weston  7 Zodel Brown**
             (3)79Mins.    (18)41Mins.
       Brendan Galloway  8 Curtis Cumberbatch
       Kelvin Osei-Addo  9 Daniel Akindayini
         Giorgio Rasulo 10 Will Miller(4)59Mins.**
       Will Summerfield 11 Nathan Odowa

          Charlie Burns 12 Emmanuel Sonupe
      Kabongo Tshimanga 13 Liam Priestly 
        Kyran Wiltshire 14 Kieron Asumandu-Sakui*
            Matt Foster 15 Jack Mace
             (2)73Mins.    (3)41Mins.
            Luke Tingey 16 Josh Onamaii
            (10)75Mins.    (8)51Mins. 
         Jacob Daffern  17 Lucas Sergio*
            Ben Tilney  18 Josh McDonald*
                        19 Unknown

           Galloway 19     Akindayini 42
           Rasulo 33       Ogilvie 75
           Osae 59
           Forrester 71

           D. Micciche     B. Klug

Referee:- C. Henry
Assistants: M. Wetherall, A. Griffiths
Fourth Official:- S. Denton

Attendance:- 1,641

N.B   * - started this game
        ** - did not start this game

It was a chilly evening for this challenge match. It is unusual to get a chance to see the Under 16s in action, so I was keen to be there. There was a good sized crowd for such a game with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey from Spurs in the stand along with Trevor Brooking for the FA.

While the Dons lined up as on the teamsheet Spurs did not. McGee was in goal and Ogilvie lined up with Asumandu-Sakui at the heart of the defence with Vincent-Young at right back and Hutchinson on the left. Winks and Cumberbatch started in the centre of midfield with McDonald on the right flank and Odowa on the left. Sergio started up front in support of Akindayini. During the game both sides reintroduced a player that had been substituted.

Spurs kicked off attacking the goal at the South end and McDonald showed some good dribbling skills but the home side was well organised. Akindayini had the first chance of the game which he fired wide. The Dons side were strong and continually pressured the player on the ball where the Spurs side did not look as organised.

Alli drove over before Osei-Addo drew a save from a free kick. Galloway broke through the middle and McGee came quickly off his line to block him on the edge of the area. Unfortunately the ball came back to the Dons player and he deftly chipped over the covering defenders into the net for the opening goal.

Osei-Addo tried to lob the keeper from nearly 30 yards and McGee was thankful to see it drop just wide of the left post. Akindayini had another effort that was wide before the Dons were forced to make a change when Summerfield pulled up. Spurs also made a change replacing Sergio with Sonupe to play behind Akindayini.

Osei-Addo was played in through the left channel but as he was about the let fly, Sakui's tackle saved the day. Osei-Addo did get a shot off that McGee saved before the hosts got a second goal. Rasulo won the ball and ran clear of the defence to beat McGee with ease.

Spurs responded with Odowa firing over and an effort from Sonupe was saved. Rasulo weaved his way through the defence but could not beat the keeper, and as the half finished, his free kick flew over.

Spurs made three changes for the second half with Cox and Mace replacing Sakui and Hutchinson respectively at the back and Brown took over from McDonald on the right of midfield. Spurs started the half quickly with Thompson saving from Akindayini before losing the ball in the next attack to the same player who was able to turn and shoot low into the net.

Cumberbatch fired wide before Thompson dived at the feet of Akindayini to block his shot and when Brown followed up his effort was blocked. Cumberbatch was replaced by Onamaii as Spurs looked to increase the pressure on the home side but as they pushed players forward, it left gaps for quick breaks. Osei-Addo fired wide and Osae drove over with Alli also wide. Brown fired wide before Spurs were caught on the break when Rasulo got a lucky break coming away from two defenders, crossing for the unmarked Osae to fire past McGee.

Klug made two changes as he looked to chase the game replacing Winks with Miller and taking off Vincent-Young for another midfielder. Brown made a good run coming in from the right and crossed to the far post for Odowa but a timely tackle prevented him getting off his shot. McDonald came back on in place of Akindayini to play on the left with Odowa moving inside.

Odowa saw his effort saved before Ogilvie conceded a free kick against Rasulo. Forrester stepped up to hammer the free kick into the top right corner of the net from about 25 yards out to increase the lead to 4-1. Spurs kept going and from a corner Cox looped his header against the crossbar and, as it came down, Ogilvie headed it into the net. Forrester came out of defence and went all the way to the other area before McGee saved his low drive. Spurs had another effort fly wide before Ogilvie drove the final shot of the game wide.

Spurs were well beaten by a well organised side that were to strong for them and could out muscle them to win the ball. When they had it they worked hard to out-perform the visitors, despite the better quality of individual players in the Spurs side. The MK Dons have the makings of a good side when they progress to the U-18s which has to be good as their current side lost their last game 11-3 to Aston Villa.

The U-16s next game will be on Saturday away to Watford (Ed:- at London Colney 10.30 a.m) when the U-18s will also be playing.


(Ed:- Both teams have a squad member in the England under 16 squad to play Wales, at Cheltenham this Thursday night (27.10.11). MK Dons have Oluwaseyi Ojo in the squad, whilst Spurs' defender Kodi Lyons-Foster is also in the squad. They are a team worth watching, if you get a chance, although I note quite a few different names in the squad, compared to the team I recently saw beat Northern Ireland at Chesterfield)

A peep at the future - England U-16s 3 N. Ireland U-16s 1 - 12.10.11

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