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Spurs U-18s v Leicester U-18s, 19.11.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          Premier Academy League, Group B
           Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex 
         Saturday 19th November 2011, 12am

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

              3(2)              3(2)

       Jonathan Miles  1  Adam Smith
        Ramil Sheriff  2  Alie Sesay
        Conor Ogilvie  3  Jamie Anton
       Oliver Modeste  4  Joe Jones
         Alex McQueen  5  Steve Smith
       Ronnie Hawkins  6  George Taft
       Kenneth McEvoy  7  Matt Robinson
        Laste Dombaxe  8  Harrison Panayiotou
            Lee Angol  9  Jack Warburton
           Jack Munns 10  Tom Hopper(C)
Shaquille Coulthirst(C)11 Joe Dodoo

         Dominic Ball 12  Robert Paratoure
           (5)46Mins.
       Liam Priestley 13 
         Tom Gardiner 14  Jak McCourt
                          (11)77Mins. 
       Ruben Lameiras 15  Michael Cain
            (6)71Mins
 Roman Michael-Percil 16  Reece Awuah
            (9)80Mins.

Scorers:-
       Dombaxe 18(pen)    Warburton 12, 54
       Coulthirst 37      S. Smith 45+1
       Lameiras 81

Booked:-
       McQueen 19(Late)   Jones 62(Holding)

Coach:_
       A. Inglethorpe     T. Peake
It was a chilly damp morning but the sun was shining warmly. Spurs entertained Leicester City who are in third place just above Spurs by a point. It was an important game for both sides with the visitors using the maximum of three over-age players while Inglethorpe was minus a few players because of the NextGen game in the week.

Spurs lined up with with McQueen and Modeste at the back with Sheriff on the right and Ogilvie on the left full backs in the middle and centre backs outside them. Hawkins and Dombaxe started in the centre of midfield with McEvoy on the right flank and Coulthirst on the left. Munns supported Angol up front. The visitors were a tall team - none more so than Warburton and Taft, two of the overaged players drafted in.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking into the sun towards the South goal. Spurs looked to pass their way through the visitors' tight defence and Leicester looked to counter quickly via Warburton up front, supported by Panayiotou and Dodoo.

Angol drew a save from Smith for a corner before Panayoitou was played through by Warburton for a one on one chance that he put wide. A long ball bounced kindly off Warburton's head to leave him in the clear and with time to place his shot low past Miles to open the scoring.

The lead only lasted five minutes when the referee gave handball in the Leicester area, it did look more ball to hand. Dombaxe sent the keeper the wrong way as he placed it low to the right.

McQueen was booked as he caught Warburton late. Warburton was causing the Spurs defence problems all game due to his size, when the ball was played forward. This led to Miles having to save from Dodoo and Warburton himself firing wide. Coulthirst was finding space on the left and on one occasion he got passed Sesay to curl an effort that beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by Anton.

The keeper saved Coulthirst's next effort but could not stop his low cross shot from a Munns through ball as Spurs went in front. Smith saved a flicked header from Coulthirst right in front of him to prevent Spurs from increasing their lead. As the game entered added time McQueen was penalised for holding just outside the area on the right. Miles was caught out by Smith curling the ball into the net at the near post to allow the visitors to end the half even at 2-2.

Spurs replaced McQueen for the second half with Ball who is normally a midfielder. In the first minute Munns sent McEvoy down the right and he whipped in a low cross that Angol failed to meet at the far post. McEvoy next came inside, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Anton. Spurs then lost the ball in their own half and Panayiotou crossed for Warburton to sweep low into the net.

Coulthirst got down the left channel and beat the keeper with his shot only to see Anton again clear off the line. Leicester pulled everybody back except for Warburton to hold onto the lead, and they defended in numbers. Jones was booked for holding back Angol as the home side continued to try and break down the visitors.

Leicester looked fairly comfortable defending and made the best of any bad passing by Spurs, as exampled when Anton got forward to put an effort wide. Inglethorpe replaced Hawkins with Lameiras as he looked to try something new. After Warburton had another effort saved he took off Angol sending Michael-Percil to work down the left moving Coulthirst up front.

Munns played a one-two with McEvoy before squaring the ball to Lameiras whose volley took a deflection on it's way into the net to tie the game at 3-3. Leicester kept their shape as Hooper fired wide before Coulthirst was tripped in the area trying to side-step the challenge for a second penalty to Spurs. Dombaxe stepped up again to take it and went the other way, but Smith guessed right and pushed it away. Dombaxe tried to make amends by setting up Coulthirst for a strike that was saved. In the last minute the visitors had a corner that was turned wide at the far post by Panayiotou.

A draw was probably the fairest result as the teams were evenly matched. Leicester used Warburton to good effect up front and defended well in numbers and depth. Spurs had plenty of good play down both flanks through McEvoy and Coulthirst but could not find the final ball in front of goal.

There is no Academy game next Saturday but during the week there is a Development game on Tuesday, and the NextGen game against FC Basle on Wednesday, which now kicks off at 1.30pm, so that the visitors are able to get home early. The next academy game will be at Spurs Lodge against second placed Reading on the 3rd December kicking off at 11am.

Ray

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