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Spurs U-18s v MK Dons U-18s, 05.11.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          Premier Academy League, Group B
            Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex 
          Saturday 5th November 2011, 11am

               SPURS     v     MK Dons
           (White/Blue)       (All Red)
               4-4-2            4-4-2

                11(5)            3(1) 
              (ELEVEN!)


             Luke McGee  1 Charlie Burns
           Tom Gardiner  2 Harry Hickford
          Conor Ogilvie  3 Ryan Plowright
          Laste Dombaxe  4 Oluwaseyi Ojo
          Ramil Sheriff  5 Ben Walster
         Ronnie Hawkins  6 Jordan Ivey-Ward(C)
         Kenneth McEvoy  7 Brendan Galloway
          Jack Munns(C)  8 Leon Lobjoit
      Daniel Akindayini  9 Kelvin Osei-Addo
              Lee Angol 10 George Williams
         Ruben Lameiras 11 Awadh Ahmed

   Shaquille Coulthirst 12 Louis Bragg
             (9)61Mins.
         Liam Priestley 13 Dele Alli
                           (4)74Mins.
             Grant Ward 14 Jon Osae
            (11)59Mins.
         Oliver Modeste 15 Joel Gyasi
             (5)61Mins.    (5)46Mins.
   Roman Michael-Percil 16 Stefan Powell
                           (7)59Mins

Scorers:-
   Hawkins 4, 69           Osei-Addo 44
   Dombaxe 16              Williams 78
   Angol 34                Ahmed 85
   Munns 39
   Akindayini 41, 47
   McEvoy 49, 60, 89
   Coulthirst 73 

Coaches:-
   A. Inglethorpe          M. Dove

Referee:- A. Bakalarz
It was a chilly damp morning for the visit of the Milton Keynes Dons to the Lodge. Tottenham are on a good run of form while the visitors are having a bad one which included heavy defeats to Aston Villa(11-3) and leaders Coventry(7-2) in their previous two games. Both sides included players from the recent U-16 game that the Dons won comfortably. (MK Dons U-16s 4 Spurs U-16s 2 - 24.10.11)

Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Sheriff and Dombaxe with Gardiner at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Hawkins joined Munns in the centre of midfield with McEvoy on the right flank and Lameiras on the left. Angol supported Akindayini up front. The MK Dons had the 14 year old England schoolboy international, Ojo in their starting line-up.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and soon put the visitors under pressure. Burns had to save from Munns in the 3rd minute. Hawkins took a free kick from wide on the right and curled the ball into the far side of the goal to open the scoring. The visitors responded with Galloway drawing a save from débutant keeper McGee. Hawkins played in Angol whose effort was saved and when Lameiras crossed from the left Munns drive was blocked.

Lameiras got down the left, then came inside and saw his goal-bound shot turned away for a corner. From the corner, the ball reached McEvoy at the far post, catching the winger off guard as he turned it wide of the goal. Plowright got forward to test McGee before Angol fired over. Spurs second goal came from a right side corner which Dombaxe headed into the far corner.

Williams intercepted an under-hit pass from Hawkins and got away down the right before crossing to Ahmed whose shot was saved by McGee. Ahmed drove wide before McEvoy drew a save from Burns. Burns also denied Akindayini in a one on one and Dombaxe drove wide. Burns had to save from Munns before a long range effort by Iley-Ward was saved at the other end.

The Dons were too open in their play and Angol picked up a clearance from Burns, advanced and cooly fired low past the keeper for number three. Despite most of the play being in and around the visitors' half they still managed the occasional break as Galloway drew another save from McGee. McEvoy crossed for Akindayini to fire over before Munns played a one-two with Hawkins on the edge of the area to get through and score the fourth. Two minutes later and it was five when Angol played in Akindayini to his right to finish low past Burns. The Dons did not give up and got their reward when Osei-Addo drove in from distance with a minute of the half remaining.

The visitors made a change for the second half but almost straight from the kick-off Akindayini crossed from the left and McEvoy coming in from the right saw his first time effort come back off the near post. It did not take long for Spurs to get the ball into the net when McEvoy crossed from the right. Angol met the cross sweetly near the penalty spot; Burns saved it but could not prevent Akindayini's follow-up.

McEvoy got on the scoresheet himself when he was sent away down the right to beat Burns at his near post. Williams then missed a good chance having been played in by Ahmed. Burns saved from Akindayini for a corner before Gyasi rattled the crossbar and Lobjoit fired wide.

Angol had another effort that flew over before Williams drew a save from the keeper.

Inglethorpe made his first change by replacing Lameiras with Ward on the left side. McEvoy made another run down the right and scored again at the near post but from a little closer this time, to take the score to 8-1. Inglethorpe reacted by making two more changes with Coulthirst coming on for Akindayini and Modeste for Sheriff. Ward fired wide before laying the ball back for Hawkins to score his second with a low drive to the keeper's left.

Coulthirst got onto the scoresheet soon after when he got a foot to the ball to turn it past the hapless Burns. McEvoy fired over before the visitors got one back when Williams was played in at the far post to score across McGee. This prompted a mini revival as Alli fired wide and Gyasi shot over.

Burns saved from Angol when he was put through by Munns and Ward drove wide. The Dons got another goal when Williams got through on the right and drove his shot against the near post, leaving Ahmed (coming in from the left) with a simple finish. Burns saved from Angol at the expense of another corner. When the visitors failed to clear their lines, Munns got to the line and drove the ball across the face of the goal where McEvoy got between two defenders to tap in for his hat-trick. It wasa fitting end to the game.

All credit to the visitors for playing right to the end but on a day when Spurs controlled the middle so well it was a case of how many they would score. You could not fault any Spurs player as, like the visitors, they did not stop playing. All four midfield players along with Angol and Dombaxe ran the game allowing the visitors no space in the centre of the pitch and when the subs came on they continued in the same vein.

Next week the Academy travel to Birmingham City who made a bright start to the season but have fallen away. The following week Spurs entertain Leicester City at the Lodge. (Ed:- This is a reversal of venue, as Spurs were due to be away)Last week the "Foxes" went above us on goal difference which is not likely to be the case now after todays result.

Ray

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