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Spurs U-18s v Newcastle U-18s, 03.11.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

       Premier Academy League 2012-3, Group 2
         Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
         Saturday 3rd November 2012, 11am

            SPURS      v    NEWCASTLE UTD.
         (All White)        (All Burgundy)
            4-3-3               4-5-1

             4(2)                1(0) 

          Luke McGee   1  Freddie Woodman
          Grant Ward   2  Jamie Sterry
        Samuel Smith   3  Lee Desmod
       Filip Lesniak   4  Jonathyn Quinn
     Thomas Gardiner   5  Ryan McKinnon
      Connor Ogilvie   6  Kyle Cameron
Roman Michael-Percil   7  Greg Olley
    Laste Dombaxe(C)   8  Alex Gilliead(C)
      William Miller   9  Adam Armstrong
      Ruben Lameiras  10  Mechack Kanda
      Kenneth McEvoy  11  Macauley Booth

Victor Zapata-Caicedo 12  Lewis Aird
      Liam Priestley  13  Sam Busby
   Daniel Akindayini  14  Tom Heardman
         (10)63Mins.      (3)69Mins. 
  Kane Vincent-Young  15  James Morgan
                      16  Dan Barlaser

        McEvoy 19         Aird 50
Michael_Percil 26
        Miller 62
   Dombaxe pen.85

  Gardiner 55(Late)       McKinnon 51(Foul)
                          Woodman 85(Foul)
                          Sterry 89(Foul)

   A. Inglethorpe         D. Watson
It was a bright chilly morning for the visit of Newcastle United who were just above Spurs in the Group table. There were two games to choose from as the U-21 sides were playing at the same time. Having seen two games last week at that level I decided to watch the U-18's.

Spurs lined up with Gardiner and Ogilvie in front of McGee with Ward at right back and Smith on the left. Lameiras was joined by Dombaxe and new boy Lesniak in midfield. Up front Miller was flanked by Michael-Percil and McEvoy.

Spurs defended the East end in the first half and soon pushed forward as the visitors were content to sit back and wait for a chance to break. Spurs moved the ball around the pitch looking for openings that were not there. It was over a quarter of an hour before Spurs had the first attempt on goal when McEvoy saw his weak effort saved.

The opening goal came right afterwards, when Michael-Percil got down the right and crossed for McEvoy at the far post to fire home. Michael-Percil was getting the better of Desmond, getting in crosses and linked well with Ward who had a drive saved by Woodman for a corner. Lameiras saw his effort saved before Michael-Percil danced his way down the right before cutting inside to hit a rising drive inside the near post to double the lead.

A diagonal ball found Lameiras racing in from the left to collect and advance into the area to beat the keeper only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. McGee made his first save of the game from Armstrong over half an hour into the half. He then saved from Cameron's header at a free kick. Ward got forward to draw a save from Woodman before Miller released McEvoy who drove wide of the far post. Miller set up Dombaxe for the last chance of the half whose effort struck the crossbar.

Newcastle made one change for the second half replacing Kanda with Aird to provide more threat up front. It was Aird who seized on a mistake by McGee to pull a goal back early in the half.

Spurs continued to attack and McKinnon was booked for going through the back of Miller. Gardiner found himself caught on the back foot and tripped Armstrong as he got past to go into the ref's book. United began to open up as they looked for an equaliser with Desmond drawing a save from McGee. Spurs also found more room in the visitors' defence allowing Lameiras to thread the ball through to Miller to finish low to the keeper's right.

Lameiras was replaced by Akindayini who took Miller's place up front as he dropped into midfield. McEvoy cut inside to fire in an effort that Woodman saved. Dombaxe was the next to be denied. McEvoy did put the ball in the net after running onto a pass from Miller inside the full back but it was chalked off for offside.

After Armstrong drew another save from McGee, Lesniak played a ball inside Sterry for McEvoy to run onto and get into the area where Woodman fouled him to concede a penalty and get a yellow card for his trouble. Dombaxe took the penalty driving the ball low into the right corner out of the reach of Woodman. The last attack of the game saw Michael-Percil pulled back by Sterry who was shown a yellow card by the referee.

This was a good performance by Spurs who beat Newcastle 4-0 in the opening group match back in September. Miller and Lesniak did a good job in the midfield and once the visitors' weakness on the flanks was found, McEvoy and Michael-Percil did the damage.

The win moves Spurs off the bottom of the group table and up to fourth. As it now appears that the top three will go into the elite group in the new year this is a good result for them. Next saturday Spurs go to Southampton who have already qualified for the elite group with a 5-2 win over Sunderland today. There will be no conflict as the U-21's will be playing Southampton at White Hart Lane on Monday evening (November 12th). Before then there is a trip to Barcelona for the NextGen Series.

After recent news reports that Alex Inglethorpe was leaving for Liverpool I spoke to him before the game and he said that he was going soon. He hopes to still be in charge of the U-19 team in Barcelona.


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