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Stoke U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 15.09.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

    FA Premier U-18 Academy League, Group 2
    Stoke City Training Ground, Rosetree Ave
    Saturday 15th September 2012, midday k.o.

       STOKE CITY     v       SPURS 
      (Red/White)           (All Blue)
         4-4-2                4-3-3

          2(1)                1(0)

            Dave Eve  1 Luke McGee
         Sam Westley  2 Mason Bush  
       Curtis Strong  3 Sam Smith
        Eddy Lecygne  4 Ruben Lameiras
         Sam Coulson  5 Channing Campbell-Young
    Ryan O'Reilly(C)  6 Conor Ogilvie
          Kris Scott  7 Darren McQueen
     Derice Richards  8 Joshua Onomah
      Jack Nardiello  9 Shaquile Coulthirst(C)
           Jake Cook 10 Harry Winks
     Kieran Monlouis 11 Daniel Akindayini

         James Alabi 12 Kane Vincent-Young
          (8)59Mins.    (8)77Mins.
                     13 Liam Priestley
    Matthew Gledhill 14 William Miller
  Ricketts-Hopkinson 15 Tom Gardiner
      Edward Sanders 16
   Marcel Barrington 18

         O'Reilly 32    Lameiras 69
        Nardiello 58

      Alabi 64(Foul)
 Monlouis 90+2(Foul)

         J. Perkins     A. Inglethorpe

Ref:- S. Simpson
Assistants:- D. Clay & J. Warren
It was a warm sunny morning in the Midlands for Spurs trip to the Potteries to take on Stoke City at their Clayton Wood training ground. It is not a bad place costing 6M with another 6M to be spent to bring it up to category 1 standard.

Because of the NextGen game on Thursday Inglethorpe had to rotate the available players with all the subs from Thursday getting a start. Some younger players were brought in to make up a small squad. McGee went into goal behind Ogilvie and Campbell-Young with Bush at right back and Smith on the left. Lameiras anchored the midfield trio with Onomah and Winks. Coulthirst led the line with McQueen on his right and Akindayini on his left.

Spurs defended the north end in the first half looking into the sun. They showed some good passing play with Bush attacking down the right flank early on with Onomah firing over from McQueen's cross and Winks shooting wide. The front pair of Richards and Nardiello had little service at this time but managed to pressure the Spurs defenders into mistakes to give Nardiello a chance that he fired wide.

Onomah drove wide from the edge of the area before Nardiello played in Richards for a drive that McGee saved. Richards followed that with another effort that was easy for McGee. Bush got to the line and crossed for Akindayini to head wide at the far post.

he home midfield began to get a grip in the middle of the park, getting in some tough tackles to break up the play and provide for their forwards. McGee saved again from Richards before Winks played in Coulthirst for an effort that flew over the bar. Stoke took the lead from a corner when Nardiello prevented McGee from collecting the ball which dropped for O'Reilly to fire home. You might say a typical Stoke goal.

Nardiello had a chance, and soon after that McGee saved for a corner. Akindayini fired in a cross from the left that McQueen reached at the far post but Eve got across to save.

Nardiello got on the end of a loose ball which rebounded off several players before reaching Richards on the left of the area who drew a save from the keeper. Coulthirst saw his effort fly wide before the end of the half.

There were no changes for the second half which saw an early chance for Bush that Eve saved. Richards cut in from the left to draw a save from McGee before Coulthirst fired wide. Ogilvie remained up following a free kick and was on hand to play the ball through to McQueen running towards the left post. His effort hit the post and bounced back to hit the keeper before it was cleared.

Nardiello robbed Campbell-Young on the left and advanced into the area to beat McGee with a low drive.

Stoke replaced Richards with the big Alabi and looked to sit back and hit Spurs on the break. Alabi was soon in the action chasing a back pass and catching McGee late to receive a yellow card. Alabi did better running onto a ball down the right and crossing for Nardiello who headed wide. Nardiello drew a save from the keeper before Spurs made their first change. Miller came on for Bush to play in the middle with Akindayini dropping to right back.

When Stoke conceded a free kick twenty yards out and fairly central, Lameiras was the natural player to take it. He curled the ball round the wall and into the top left corner of the net to bring Spurs back into contention.

A snap shot by Lameiras was saved by Eve with Coulthirst following up only to be flagged off side. Nardiello drew a save from McGee before Smith played in Coulthirst whose effort was deflected for a corner.

Vincent-Young came on for Onomah after the young midfielder had been caught by a two footed tackle on the far side. Vincent-Young went to left back so that Smith could move into the middle. Alabi was played in but fired wide. Winks was played in on the left and advanced a few steps before whipping in a shot that hit the near post.

Barrington then hit the crossbar with a fierce drive for the Potters. Gardiner replaced Smith as Spurs went to three at the back with Vincent-Young moving forward to sit in front of them. Scott got into the area to force a save from McGee and then was there again when Alabi pulled the ball back but McGee saved again. With Spurs pushing for a second goal Monlouis was booked for a foul in added time as Stoke held on to their lead.

This was a hard fought match where the the home side combatted Spurs' passing game with a high workrate to disrupt the flow and win the ball. The small squad restricted the options open to Inglethorpe. Without natural wingers he used three attackers up front and two midfielders as full backs. Bush did a good job working the right side and linking with McQueen. Campbell-Young struggled on his debut in the first half but improved during the second. They came close to getting a point when twice hitting the post.

Sunderland beat Newcastle 4-2 and Villa defeated Man Utd. 2-0 so Spurs remain in fourth place as Stoke join Southampton at the top on nine points. Spurs entertain Southampton at Hotspur Way -as they are calling the new training ground, next Saturday with a midday kick-off. Before that Stoke U-21 will play Spurs there on Monday morning at 11am. Our U-16's were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke having led 2-0 at the break.


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