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Southampton U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 10.11.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

         FA Premier U-18 Academy League, 
                   Group 2
      Staplewood Training Ground, Marchwood
      Saturday 10th November 2012, 11.20am

         SOUTHAMPTON    v      SPURS 
          (All Red)         (All White)
            4-4-2              4-3-3

             4(3)               3(0)

            Will Britt  1  Liam Priestley
        Jake Flannigan  2  Grant Ward
         Isaac Nehemie  3  Sam Smith
        Dominic Gape(C) 4  Filip Lesniak(C)
        Calum Chambers  5  Tom Gardiner
        Jason McCarthy  6  Connor Ogilvie
             Josh Sims  7  Roman Michael-Percil
       Charlie Higgins  8  Laste Dombaxe
           Ryan Seager  9  Daniel Akindayini
         Harrison Reed 10  Harry Winks
             Omar Rowe 11  William Miller

         Fraser Colmer 12  Ruben Lamerias
            (2)33Mins.     (10)46Mins.
           James White 13  Luke McGee
         Gboly Ariyibi 14  Victor Zapata-Caicedo
            (7)55Mins.     (9)25Mins.
         Jake Hesketh  15  Emmanuel Sonupe
            (3)76Mins.     (7)76Mins.
         Carel Kayembe 16

         Rowe 3, 53        Dombaxe pen.55
         Sims 28           Michael-Percil 60
         Higgins 40        Zapata-Caicedo 72

                           Dombaxe 86(Foul)

         J. Dodd           A. Inglethorpe

Referee: C. Hopkins
Assistants:- S. Currie & E. Hughes
Spurs visited group leaders Southampton looking to improve on their fourth place. The game was brought forward from midday as the Southampton first team were playing at home.

Spurs lined up with Priestley in goal behind Gardiner and Ogilvie with Ward at right back and Smith on the left. Lesniak, (wearing the Captain's armband), Dombaxe and Winks formed the midfield with Akindayini up front flanked by Michael-Percil and Miller.

Spurs kicked off attacking the West end in the first half but took time to settle which allowed the home side to take an early lead. Having got down the right when the cross came in Rowe found himself unmarked in the area to volley home. Five minutes later, Priestley saved from Rowe before Spurs' first chance when Michael-Percil got on the end of a cross from the left. However, his effort was blocked and went for a corner.

Seager saw his shot saved after it took a deflection off Ogilvie. Akindayini was replaced by Zapata-Caicedo early as he was not getting much change from the Town defenders. Zapata being stronger helped to settle the midfield and allow the passing game to develop. Winks ran onto a through ball and drew a save from Britt. Gape played in Seagers for an effort that was turned away for a corner. The corner was played short to Rowe who drove in to the near post where Sims deflected it past Priestley to increase the home side's lead.

Priestley saved a free kick by Gape at the cost of a corner. Spurs were now beginning to dominate the midfield but a stray pass allowed Seager to intercept and set up Higgins for a third goal to send them into the break in a commanding position.

Lameiras replaced Winks for the second half and his experience helped to prompt the Spurs revival. The game opened up with Southampton sitting back and playing long balls for the frontmen to chase. Seager had an effort blocked and Sims fired the loose ball wide. Britt turned a low drive by Lameiras around the post. From the corner Southampton broke through Rowe who ran half the length of the pitch before beating Priestley to make it 4-0.

That goal was against the run of play but it made it more difficult for Spurs. Michael-Percil weaved his way into the area from the right before being tripped to win a penalty. Dombaxe scored in the right corner sending Britt the wrong way. Five minutes later and Spurs scored again. Lameiras sent Zapata-Caicedo away down the left and his driven cross was turned in at the far post by Michael-Percil.

It was now all Spurs with the home side trying to slow the game down. Lameiras fired over before Lesniak drew a save from a corner. Gape had an effort driven wide before Michael-Percil got to the line on the right and drove in a low cross that Zapata-Caicedo turned in at the near post to bring the score to 4-3.

Spurs kept pushing for the equaliser with Miller firing wide from a corner. Sonupe came on for Michael-Percil as Spurs began to lose the impetus due to the home side's effort to run down the clock. Spurs were rushing to get the ball back into play while The Saints took as much time as they could. Dombaxe was shown a yellow for holding onto Gape. Reed had his effort blocked before the referee blew up without adding much time to see Southampton home.

While the home side was similar to the side that played at Hotspur Way when they held onto a draw, the Spurs side was a lot younger and less experienced. This side came close to over-turning a four goal lead in a game of two halves. The introduction of Zapata-Caicedo and Lameiras was the catalyst to the turnaround. Inglethorpe played the younger players to rest those that played so well in Barcelona and are likely to play on Monday against Southampton's U-21 side at the Lane.

Next week the Academy entertain Stoke City at Hotspur Way as they look to bounce back from this defeat. There is an U-21 game on the following day so the team will not be at full strength again. This will be the first of three home games to finish their group games. They need to finish in the top three to qualify for the Elite group in the New Year.

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