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Spurs U-18s v Liverpool U-18s, 06.04.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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           Premier Academy U-18 League 2012-3
                       Group 1
           Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
             Saturday 6th April 2013, 11am

                SPURS     v     LIVERPOOL
             (All White)        (All Red)
                4-3-3             4-5-1

                 0(0)              0(0)

          Liam Priestley  1  Ryan Fulton
      Kyle Walker-Peters  2  Yalany Baio
              Grant Ward  3  Nathan Burke
            Alex McQueen  4  Corey Whelan
            Dominic Ball  5  Daniel Cleary
           Aaron McEneff  6  Jordan Lussey(C)
    Roman Michael-Percil  7  Harry Wilson
           Mason Bush(C)  8  Jordan Rossiter
   Victor Zapata-Caicedo  9  Daniel Trickett-Smith
          Ruben Lameiras 10  Cameron Brannagan
          Darren McQueen 11  Alex O'Hanlon

                         12  Jerome Sinclair
                             (7)64Mins.
              Luke McGee 13  Ryan Crump
             Zodel Brown 14  Ryan Kent
                             (11)74Mins.
            Anton Walkes 15  Nathan Quirk
             (11)70Mins.
          William Miller 16  Niall Heaton 
              (8)60Mins.

Booked:-
  Ball 90+2(Obstruction)     Baio 86(Abuse)

Coach:-
       J. McDermott          S. Cooper

Referee:- P. Parkins

It was a bright but chilly morning for the visit of Liverpool, just ten days following the reverse fixture that ended 2-2. Both sides were just a little changed from the first meeting, including the goal scorers with a few of the subs from that match starting today.

Spurs lined up with Priestley in goal behind a defence that had Ball and Alex McQueen at its heart with a first game for Walker-Peters at right back and Ward on the left. McEneff anchored the midfield with Bush and Lameiras alongside him. Zapata-Caicedo led the line with Michael-Percil on the right and Darren McQueen on the left.

Spurs defended the east end in the first half. It was a match which developed into a very tight game, with few chances allowed by solid defences. Lameiras fired over from outside the area, before drawing a save from Fulton from a free kick which had been awarded for a foul on McEneff.

Ward got forward to test the keeper with a low drive. McEneff had an effort fly over, before a break by the visitors saw Ball faced by two attackers. The defender did a good job holding back until they made a mistake allowing him to clear.

Lussey had "The Reds"' first chance,which he fired wide. Trickett-Smith played in Wilson on the left to fire in a shot which was saved by Priestley. Lussey turned O'Hanlon's corner wide before Cleary set up Wilson for an effort which was turned wide for a corner.

A Spurs corner was cleared to Bush outside the area and his shot flew wide. A Liverpool corner was met by Cleary at the far post and his header was saved by Priestley with the ball running out to Brannagan who fired over. McEneff got into the area on the left and when his drive was saved, it led to a scramble in the area with Darren McQueen and Michael-Percil having shots blocked before the ball was cleared.

Trickett-Smith fired wide from a free kick just outside the area and Wilson failed to make contact with the ball just afterwards when the goal loomed in front of him.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw an early effort from McEneff fly wide. Bush was replaced on the hour by Miller, who likes to take on players. The armband was transferred to Ball.

Wilson drew a save from Priestley before he was replaced by another striker as the visitors switched to 4-4-2. Lameiras fired wide before Spurs made another change. Walkes came on for Darren McQueen taking a central position with Miller moving to the left.

A ball over the top sent Zapata-Caicedo away but he fired wide under pressure from Whelan. Sinclair fired over before Miller drew a save from the keeper. With full time approaching Fulton was penalised for stepping out of his area and Baio was booked by the referee when he protested too strongly. Lameiras touched the ball left for Ball to strike but the Liverpool wall charged down his effort.

Rossiter broke away to win a corner from Priestley's save. In added time, Ball blocked off Kent's run to concede a free kick and earn a yellow card. The Spurs wall did its job charging down the free kick which was the last chance of the game.

The two defences were on top in this match leaving few openings for chances to score. Most of the visitors' chances came from corners in the first half and quick breaks in the second. Spurs had most of the play in both halves working the ball around looking for openings. They had good approach play, but could not find that final ball. It was the first time I have seen Walker-Peters and he did a good job getting forward as well as defending. Not only did McEneff do a good job in front of the back four but he got forward as well.

Sunderland beat Stoke today and move three points ahead of Spurs at the top of the group which makes the meeting between the two teams later this month an important fixture. The game has been moved forward a day to Friday 26th to allow Spurs to play the re-arranged game against West Brom on the following day Saturday 27th. Spurs' next game is at home to Stoke on the 20th, now that West Brom has been moved.

Ray

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