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Spurs U-18s v Charlton U-18s, 17.09.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier Academy League - Intergroup
              Spurs Lodge, Chigwell 
       Saturday 17th September 2011, 11am k.o.

            SPURS      v     CHARLTON
        (White/Blue)       (Red/White)
            4-4-2              4-4-2

             1(1)               0(0) 

       Jonathan Miles  1 Dillon Phillips
           Grant Ward  2 Jordan Cousins(C)
           Daniel Day  3 Morgan Fox
        Laste Dombaxe  4 Diego Poyet
        William Ekong  5 Semi Ajayi
        Kevin Stewart  6 Harry Lennon
           Mason Bush  7 Adebayo Azeez
         Dominic Ball  8 Bradley Jordan
Shaquille Coulthirst(C)9 Joe Pigott
            Lee Angol 10 Harry Gerrard
           Jack Munns 11 Tobi Sho-Silva

       Kenneth McEvoy 12 Bradley Goldberg
          (10)63Mins.    (11)73Mins.
       Liam Priestley 13 
 Roman Michael-Percil 14 Oliver Muldoon
           (7)46Mins.    (10)72Mins.
       Oliver Modeste 15 Jamal Willer
Victor Zapatta-Caicedo16 Callum Harriott
                      17 Holmes Tareiq
                         (2)62Mins.

Scorers:-
       Lennon o.g. 41

Booked:-  
Dombaxe 88(Foul)         Poyet 20(Late)
Ward 90(Time wasting)    Muldoon 83(Foul) 

Coach:-
       A. Inglethorpe    P. Hart
It was a warm sunny morning with a blustery wind blowing towards the North end. The visitors were Charlton from Group A who have made a good start to the season losing only once in their opening four matches.

Spurs lined up with Ekong and Stewart at the back with Ward on the right and Day at left back. Dombaxe and Ball started in the centre of midfield with a first start for Bush on the right and Munns on the left, with Angol behind Coulthirst up front. Former Spur Gus Poyet's son Diego was in the "Addicks'" line-up.

Spurs defended the North goal in the first half and found the going hard as Charlton closed them down quickly denying them space at every opportunity. Jordan had a couple of early efforts wide as the visitors broke quickly themselves. Stewart fired over following a corner before Poyet went into the ref's book for a late challenge. A corner to the far post saw Ball's effort cleared off the line. Coulthirst got round the back to fire into the side netting before forcing Phillips to save at the expense of a corner. Spurs went in front when a ball over the top saw Coulthirst in a race with Lennon for the ball with the keeper coming off his line. Lennon tried to duck under the ball but it came off the back of his head, passed Phillips and rolled over the line into the net.

Inglethorpe replaced Bush with Percil for the second half on the left with Munns moving to the right, but the visitors pushed Spurs back for long periods of the second half as they looked for the equaliser.

Pigott blazed wide before Coulthirst fired over and his next effort was saved by Miles. Miles then denied Jordan, diving full length to his left. Jordan drove wide minutes later. McEvoy came on for Angol to work the right side so that Munns could move inside. Pigott fired well over before Percil came inside to force a save from Phillips. Muldoon was booked for something that happened during a spell of Spurs pressure after the ref had allowed the play to continue.

Muldoon then got forward to fire wide. Dombaxe was shown a yellow card by the ref for a foul and was followed into the book by Ward for taking too long over a throw-in. With the referee adding a lot of time Charlton pushed for a goal but Poyet drove wide and Miles saved well from Goldberg when Spurs failed to clear. With time running out, Ward broke down the right, came inside and let fly. His effort was blocked with the ball running out for a corner which was the last action before the final whistle.

This was a hard fought win, the first at home this term. Charlton proved difficult to beat and could have easily earned a point, but for some bad finishing and good saves by Miles. Dombaxe had a good game playing in front of the back four and Ward did well both defending and getting forward. Jordan was the pick of the Charlton side. The Spurs team are beginning to gel with the quick-passing give and go style coming together. Opposing teams have learnt that we like to bring the ball out from the back and are putting pressure on the centre backs which has resulted in the ball being given away, but today they were more composed and patient which led to fewer turnovers.

Next week the Academy entertain Aston Villa who lost 0-4 to Fulham today having been beaten by Charlton last week. Our win today takes us above Villa who are usually one of our groups strongest sides.

Ray

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