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Chelsea U-17s v Spurs U-17s, 15.11.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        U-17 Friendly at Cobham training ground.
           Tuesday 15th November 2011, 6pm

               CHELSEA   V     SPURS
             (All Blue)      (White/Blue)
                4-3-3          4-4-2

                  3              2 
CHELSEA - Team unknown - Rotated all players with some returning later in the game.

Scorers - 9,(4), 7,(38), 15,(79)

Booked - 11 (Trip)89

SPURS - McGee, Gardiner, McQueen(Smith 56), Modeste, Vejkovic, Ball(Ward 61), Michael-Percil(McEvoy 61), Gomelt, Zapata-Caicedo, Lameiras, Coulthirst(Braddock 61)

Unused Sub - Priestley

Scorers - Zapata-Caicedo,(41), Lamerias (pen),(50)

This match was played under floodlights in three periods of 30 minutes with 5 minute breaks. Considering the time a good sized group of people turned up to watch. Spurs lined up with Vejkovic and Modeste at the back with Gardiner on the right and McQueen at left back. Gomelt and Ball started in the centre of midfield with Michael-Percil on the right wing and Coulthirst on the left. Lamerias supported Zapata-Caicedo up front.

Spurs kicked of the first period attacking the west end but were soon put under pressure from an eager Blues' attack that used pace and power to try to overrun the opposition. Their striker won the ball on the left and was able to get past Vejkovic to score low across McGee. The keeper got a hand to it but could not stop it going in.

Spurs slowly began to get a grip on the game and to cause the Chelsea defenders problems. McQueen had a shot saved and Ball drove wide. Ball turned a free kick from Lameiras wide of the far post. A good turn by Coulthirst resulted in an effort that the keeper saved. Michael-Percil got past his marker and put in a great cross that Gomelt just failed to reach at the far post.McQueen crossed for Zapata-Caicedo to shoot wide. Chelsea had a chance that was fired over and followed that with one that flew wide.

After the first break Gomelt had an early chance which he put wide before the Blues' right winger drew a save from McGee. Ball took a free kick from a central position but could not keep it down. Michael-Percil got down the right and cut inside but fired over. The missed chances looked bad when the Chelsea right winger broke away having run onto a loose ball to score with a rising drive to the keeper's right.

Spurs got a goal back when Lameiras threaded a ball through to Zapata-Caicedo who scored with a low drive.

Smith came on for McQueen to play in the middle with Ball moving to left back. McGee saved well when the striker was sent clear to the left of the area. The ball was quickly worked upfield, where Lamerias dribbled into the area and was tripped to win a penalty. Ruben stepped up to take the kick himself and sent it low to the keeper's right. The keeper got a hand to it but could not stop it going in for the equaliser. It was just as well as Ruben's mother said that he would have to walk home if he had missed!

Chelsea hit a post as the game became more end to end with Ball firing wide and then McGee having to make another save. The referee was having a hard time not booking players in blue as they struggled to hold the more free-flowing visitors. We could hear him telling offending players "That's the fourth time in a short space of time" & "That was the fifth time ...."

Spurs made their final changes for the start of the third period with McEvoy replacing Michael-Percil on the right; Ward replacing Ball at left back; and Braddock coming on in place of Coulthirst. McEvoy soon made his presence felt working down the right side and drew a save from the keeper. Vejkovic got forward to make the keeper save his effort after playing a one-two.

The home side had a couple of efforts that were wide before Zapata-Caicedo fired wide. Then Vejkovic was caught in possession on the edge of the area which led to the Blues getting the winning goal. The scorer was quick to get into the area and squeezed the ball under McGee as the keeper closed him down. Spurs pushed for another goal with their keeper having to save from Lamerias twice before saving from him for a third time, when his free kick was heading for the top corner. Gomelt followed up, but could only put the ball wide. The referee finally produced a yellow card when Braddock was tripped on the edge of the area. Having been booked the same player had the last chance with an effort that McGee saved.

Looking at the chances Spurs had over the 90 minutes they should have got something from the game. Throughout the game when the home side lost the ball, they grabbed at the player with the ball in a way that could not be called a friendly hug. As the game went on they did whatever they could to prevent players getting away from them. It was not the kind of open football you normally get in friendly matches.

Tomorrow I will be off to Enfield for another friendly game where a Spurs XI will be playing.

Ray

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