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Chelsea U-18s 2 Spurs U-18s 2, 03.03.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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      FA Premier Academy League, Inter-group
     Chelsea Training ground, Stoke D'Abernon
          Saturday 3rd March 2012, 11am

          CHELSEA      v       SPURS
         (All Blue)         (White/Blue)
           4-5-1                4-4-2

            2(0)                 2(2)

      Mitchell Beeney  1 Billy Granger
        Nortei Nortey  2 Jack Barthram
          Sam Bangura  3 Kevin Stewart
           Alex Davey  4 Nabil Bentaleb
       Archange Nkumu  5 Oliver Modeste
             Houghton  6 Dominic Ball
           Tom Howard  7 Grant Ward
           John Swift  8 Ruben Lameiras
      Walter Figueira  9 Darren McQueen
          Lewis Baker 10 Jack Munns
          Amin Affane 11 Shaquile Coulthirst

         Alex Kiwomya 12 Victor Zapata-Caicedo
          (11)46Mins.    (11)46Mins.
                      13 Luke McGee
      Ishmail Seremba 14 Sam Smith
           (4)46Mins.    (9)66Mins.
      Anjur Osmanovic 15 Alex McQueen
           (9)56Mins.    (5)56Mins.

Scorers:-
          Baker 54           Munns 11
          Seremba 79         Lameiras 20

Booked:-
          Baker 72(Late)
          Swift 77(Pull)

Coach:-
          A. Viveash         A. Inglethorpe

Ref:- A. Williams
There was an early shower which had just passed when I arrived for this London Derby match. As expected, there was a good sized crowd and also no team-sheet as usual. So, any errors in the Blues' line-up are down to them. Spurs had a small bench which may be down to the internationals during the week with McGee going off to play in the U-16 match.

Spurs lined up with Modeste and Ball in front of Granger with Barthram at right back and Stewart on the left. Bentaleb and Lameiras started in the centre of midfield with Ward on the right flank and Coulthirst on the left and Munns in support of McQueen up front.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half with most of the early play being in the middle third leaving both keepers un-tested. In fact the first touch of the ball for Beeney was when he picked it out of the net. The goal came when Spurs moved the ball from the back to the front with three one-touch passes down the right side. The ball was played up to Barthram who laid it off to Ward who crossed for the advancing Munns to finish at the near post.

McQueen fired wide before Affane won a free kick which he took himself and hit it over the bar. Munns drew a save from Beeney with a free kick before Spurs got a second goal. The home side failed to clear a corner and Coulthirst crossed from the left. The Chelsea defence managed to block three attempts before the ball came to Lameiras, who took two touches before firing it past Beeney's right hand to double the lead.

Chelsea responded with Swift's long range effort saved by Granger for a corner. Houghton headed over from the corner. Coulthirst fired over before Affane saw his shot deflected for a corner. Swift played in Figueria only for the striker to fire wide with only Granger to beat. Swift repeated his through ball to Figueira again, but this time Modeste got across to tackle him. Ward fired wide and Swift had a weak effort saved before the break.

Inglethorpe had to make a change for the second half as Coulthirst failed to recover from a heavy tackle late in the first half. He was replaced by Zapata on the left side while the home side made two changes and looked to change to 4-3-3.

The home side pushed forward in search of a goal which came when the referee gave a free kick on the edge of the area after playing advantage. Baker curled the kick around the wall into the left side of the goal.

Modeste had to come off and was replaced by Alex McQueen who went to left back with Stewart moving inside. Granger saved Baker's effort from the left and Osmanovic put the rebound over the bar.

Spurs were forced into their third substitution when Darren McQueen had to be replaced after being caught for a second time in quick succession. He was replaced by Smith which meant a reshuffle with Ward moving up front and Lameiras going to the left side.

Kiwomya drew a save as the home side pushed for the equaliser. Baker was shown a yellow for a late tackle as Ward took the ball away from him near his own area. McQueen made a run from his own half before blasting his effort well over the bar. Swift went into the ref's book when he pulled back Smith in the centre circle. The home side got the equaliser when they won the ball in midfield and countered quickly with Baker driving for goal and Seremba getting a foot to it to beat Granger.

Granger then had to save from Kiwomya to keep the sides level. Beeney tipped Lameiras's strike around the post as Spurs also went looking for a winner. Munns played in Ward who fired over. Lameiras was wide with Spurs last effort. Granger saved from Osmanovic deep into added time.

This was a game of few chances with most of the play in the middle. It only opened up when Chelsea drew level. They were helped by the injuries to Spurs which affected the shape of side. Spurs had the best of the first half and the Blues the second. Our sub keeper Luke McGee helped the U-16's to a 2-1 win.

Next week the Academy are at home to Fulham which I maybe able to see before heading north for the Everton game. The following week they are away to Portsmouth.

Ray

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