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Spurs U-18s v Reading U-18s, 03.12.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          Premier Academy League, Group B
              Spurs Lodge, Chigwell 
        Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11.30am

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

                2(2)              2(0)

         Billy Grainger  1 John Henly
          Ramil Sheriff  2 Bismark Amofah
         Oliver Modeste  3 Shane Griffin
           Dominic Ball  4 Josh Webb(C)
           James Yeboah  5 Niall Keown
         Ronnie Hawkins  6 Jake Cooper
         Kenneth McEvoy  7 Daniel Carr
          Laste Dombaxe  8 Aaron Tishbola
  Victor Zapata-Caicedo  9 Dominick Samuel
         Ruben Lameiras 10 Craig Tanner
   Shaquille Coulthirst 11 Sheppard Murombedzi

             Grant Ward 12 Ben Jefford
             (8)71Mins.
         Liam Priestley 13 Dan Lincoln
   Roman Michael-Percil 14 Josh Shama 
             (9)90Mins.
           Tom Gardiner 15 Uche Ikeazu
                           (7)46Mins.
           Alex McQueen 16 Karl Oliyide
             (5)46Mins.    (11)46Mins

Scorers:-
         Hawkins 5         Webb 65
         Lameiras 37       Tanner 76

Booked:-
         Hawkins 81(Trip)

Coach:-
         A. Inglethorpe    E. Dolan

Referee:- K. Howick
It was a cool sunny morning after a wet start to the day. There was a good sized crowd swollen by a party from Hoddesdon Boys' Club to see the visit of second placed Reading at the Lodge.

Spurs lined up with Yeboah and Ball at the back with Sheriff at right back and Modeste on the left. Hawkins and Dombaxe started in the centre of midfield with McEvoy on the right flank and Coulthirst on the left. Lameiras supported Zapata-Caicedo up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South goal, and soon showed that they meant business as Coulthirst cut in from the left to fire over. It was Coulthirst who got to the line and dribbled past two defenders, before crossing for Hawkins to tap in at the far post to open the scoring.

Lameiras then drew a save from Henly, before the visitors had a chance by Carr that was saved by Grainger. That was followed by Keown heading wide from a free kick. Hawkins drove wide after being sent away by Lameiras and then Yeboah carried the ball out of defence to play in Zapata who also fired wide.

Lameiras played in Coulthirst who saw his effort saved. McEvoy got down the right and pulled the ball back for Lameiras to drill it home at the near post to extend the lead. Tishbola fired over before Hawkins drove wide and Tanner saw his effort saved at the expense of a corner at the end of the half.

Inglethorpe made one change for the second half replacing Yeboah with McQueen who went to left back with Modeste switching to the right and Sheriff moving inside to partner Ball.

Reading made two changes bringing on a couple of big lads as they looked to out-muscle Spurs' back line. The first chance of the half fell to Spurs as Coulthirst's cross was just out of the reach of Lameiras. Zapata curled an effort that beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar.

Tanner won a free kick on the right which he took himself, forcing Grainger to tip it over the bar for a corner. When the corner was not cleared, Webb drove the ball low into the net to reduce the arrears. Oliyide whipped in a low cross that the other sub Ikeazu failed to reach.

Dombaxe, who had earlier been caught, was replaced by Ward, who went to right back, with Ball moving into the midfield. Grainger received a back-pass from the right and kicked it straight to Tanner, who stepped up and drove the ball past the stranded keeper. Reading began to think of a winner but Spurs responded well with Zapata drawing a save before firing wide from a pass by Lameiras. Lameiras was the next to be denied when his volley from the edge of the area was blocked.

Hawkins was shown a yellow card for a trip on Tanner after he had lost the ball. Grainger saved from Ikeazu before Samuel drove wide. The visitors looked to exploit their height advantage. McEvoy was sent through but put his effort wide as the keeper came out. Michael-Percil came on for Zapata to work on the left with Coulthirst moving up front. Tanner lifted his free kick over before Grainger saved from Tishbola's effort at a corner in added time.

Unfortunately for Grainger his mistake cost Spurs two points as Leicester won 1-0 at MK Dons to increase the gap between the two as we remain in fourth. Again Inglethorpe did not have the use of all his resources as Tim Sherwood was preparing for his NextGen game in Milan on Thursday. This is also my next stop.

Next Saturday the Academy have another home game against Cardiff City at the Lodge.

Ray

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