Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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Eurofoot 2012, 11th/12th Play-off game
Hazebeek Sportspark, Oostduinkerke
Sunday 5th August 2012, 1.30pm
SPURS v SC ANDERLECHT
(All White) (All Black)
Coulthirst 18 Lapage 55
Billy Granger 1 Xavier Gies
Grant Ward 2 Niels Heyvaert
Samuel Smith 3 Cyril Van Hyfte
Joshua Onomah 4 Herve Matthijs
Alex McQueen 5 Alexis Scholl
Dominic Ball 6 Romeni Bitsindou
Kenneth McEvoy 7 Famara Jarju
Ruben Lameiras 8 Alec Luyckx
Victor Zapata-Caicedo 9 Mohamed Soumare(C)
Darren McQueen 10 Luca Falsaperla
Stefan Colovic 11 Nabil Jaadi
Daniel Akindayini 12 Dieter Creemers
Liam Priestley 13 Kylian Ymard
Thomas Gardiner 14 Sefa Isci
Aaron McEneff 15 Patrick Tshiani
Filip Lesniak 16 Samy Bourard
Roman Michael-Percil 17 Youri Lapage
Shaq. Coulthirst(C) 18 Youri Tielemana
Akindayini(Smith 40) Tielemana(Soumane 31)
For this last game (to find out who would finish in last place), Spurs lined up with Priestley in goal behind Ball and McEneff with Gardiner at right back and Smith on the left. In midfield Lameiras had Onomah and Lesniak alongside of him. Coulthirst played up the middle with McEvoy on his right and Colovic on his left.
The game was played on the worst of the three pitches available. It had a running track around it but I sneaked inside to get closer to the pitch.
Spurs kicked of the first half attacking the east end with rain threatening. With nothing to lose they played good passing football – the best so far in this tournament. McEvoy had an early chance getting down the right but losing out to the keeper as he attacked the area. McEvoy got down the flank again to set up Coulthirst for an effort that flew wide.
Jaadi tested Priestley before Spurs had another chance, this time it was Colovic who got down the left and put in a cross that passed Coulthirst in the centre and McEvoy at the far post. Falsaperla saw his effort saved for a corner and Luyckx drove wide. Lapage had an effort saved before Coulthirst had a shot deflected and cleared from off the line. Onomah played Coulthirst in through the right channel but Gies saved.
Next time Onomah played Coulthirst in through the left channel and this time Coulthirst scored with a low shot into the far corner of the net. Lameiras played a free kick square to Lesniak who fired over the bar. Lameiras himself had a effort that flew wide.
When Onomah was brought down in the dee, Ball stepped up to take the kick and saw it come off the wall and over the bar.
The second half started with Anderlecht having to replace their captain. His replacement drew a save from Priestley before Spurs made their first change. Smith was replaced by Akindayini with Colovic dropping to full back.
McEvoy got down the right to provide a chance for the substitute, but he could not make good contact and it went for a throw. Lesniak ran onto a loose ball in the area but saw his effort blocked. Akindayini had a good chance saved as Anderlecht began to push for a goal.
Jaadi fired wide before Akindayini worked the ball across from the left for McQueen to try an overhead kick that was saved. Then Anderlecht got down the right and when Akindayini failed with his tackle, Jaadi delivered a cross for Lepage to finish and tie up the score.
Inglethorpe replaced McEvoy with Ward but could not wrest the initiative back from the Belgians. Priestley saved from Lepage who then had Anderlecht's last chance with a free kick that he fired over.
With the scores level, the match had to be decided on penalties. Jaadi stepped up for the first for Anderlecht and went for the top left corner but Priestley had guessed right and saved. Coulthirst stepped up for Spurs and sent the ball just wide of the left post - 0-0.
Tielemana was next up for Anderlecht and scored to the right. Darren McQueen also scored in the same place for Spurs – 1-1.
Van Hyfte hit his penalty over the bar while Ball calmly scored his – 2-1.
Ymard stepped up next and saw his kick saved by Priestley diving to his left. This left Onomah with the fourth kick which he converted to win the tie 3-1.
With the U-19's playing Anderlecht in the NextGen Series I took a good look at their Eurofoot side but found out that most of their players were only 16. Anderlecht's U-19 side was in Eindhoven playing in the Otten Cup losing out to Barcelona (also in our Nextgen group) in the final.
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