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Spurs U-18s v Stoke U-18s, 17.11.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier Academy U-18 League 2012-13
                        Group 2
            Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
          Saturday 17th November 2012, 12noon

               SPURS      v      STOKE CITY
            (All White)          (Blue/Red)
               4-3-3               4-5-1

                4(3)               3(3) 

              Luke McGee  1  Dale Eve
          Connor Ogilvie  2  Lewis Banks
            Samuel Smith  3  Joel Taylor
           Laste Dombaxe  4  Eddy Lecyeve
            Dominic Ball  5  Sam Coulson
            Alex McQueen  6  Joseph Hulme
    Roman Michael-Percil  7  Nathan Hopkinson
        Filip Lesniak(C)  8  Jake Cook
    Shaquille Coulthirst  9  Derice Richards
           Joshua Onomah 10  Kristian Scott(C)
          Kenneth McEvoy 11  Jack Nardiello

                         12  Callum Pilkinton      
          Liam Priestley 13 
          William Miller 14
          Ruben Lameiras 15  Peter Makrillos
         Thomas Gardiner 16  Kieran Monlouis
                         17  Edward Sanders
                         18  Ricardo Swaby

        Michael-Percil 8     Scott 19
        McEvoy 31, 35, 71    Hopkinson 29
                             Nardiello 43

        K. McKenna           D. Wright

Referee:-G. Gary
It was a chilly overcast morning for the visit of Stoke City to Hotspur Way for the first of three home fixtures that finish the first half of the season. Both sides are mid-table in Group 2. Grant Ward broke down during the warm up so Connor Ogilvie started the game.

Spurs lined up with Ogilvie and Ball in front of McGee with McQueen moved to right back and Smith on the left. Lesniak, Dombaxe and Onomah formed the midfield trio with Coulthirst up front flaked by Michael-Percil on the right and McEvoy on the left.

Spurs defended the West end in the first half but were quickly on the offensive with Dombaxe firing over. Coulthirst laid the ball back for Onomah to drive in a shot that Eve saved. A diagonal ball sent McEvoy away down the left before he came inside and fired in a low drive that was turned in by Michael-Percil. I did not see the final touch and thought that McEvoy had scored but the players were congratulating Roman.

McEvoy was getting room on the left and another run saw his effort turned onto the near post and out for a corner. Coulthirst was penalised for a foul on the keeper jumping for a Dombaxe centre. The visitors equalised thanks to a clearance coming back off the referee to leave Spurs exposed. The ball was worked to Nardiello on the left and his cross was met by Scott's head at the far post.

Nardiello made a break and found Scott who put the ball over the bar. McEvoy got down the left and crossed for Michael-Percil to fire wide. Stoke broke and Hopkinson found room to drive low past McGee to put the visitors in front.

Spurs kept the pressure on and Eve saved Dombaxe's free kick before Michael-Percil got down the right and crossed for McEvoy to score arriving quickly at the far post. McEvoy tried to return the favour by crossing for Michael-Percil to attack at the far post but his effort was turned wide for a corner.

McQueen got down the right and crossed to the far post where McEvoy got in front of the defender to finish and put the home side back in front. Michael-Percil went close before Nardiello broke down the right to force a save from McGee winning a corner. From the corner the ball was played to the far post where Coulsen headed back across goal for Nardiello to stoop and head home their third goal to bring them level again.

Michael-Percil got down the right and crossed for McEvoy to try a spectacular flying volley that was wide. In added time Nardiello got in a shot that McGee saved.

Both sides tightened up in the second half and restricted the number of chances with Coulthirst firing wide early on. After a while Dombaxe drove wide and Spurs made a change with Lameiras replacing Lesniak while Coulson had to come off. Spurs kept the pressure on the "Potters'" defence moving the ball across the eighteem yard line looking for an opening.

Onomah such an opening, playing the ball through the left channel for McEvoy to run onto and curl it round the keeper to put Spurs back in front.

Nardiello fired over before Lameiras drove wide. Miller came on for Onomah and after McEvoy received a knock he was replaced by Gardiner who went to right back with McQueen moving to left back and Smith stepping up into midfield.

McQueen attacked from his new position advancing into the left channel before firing a shot wide. McGee saved Richards header from a free kick by Makrillos. Lameiras played in Coulthirst for an effort that flew wide. Lameiras set up Coulthirst again who drew a save from Eve who was up quickly to save from Miller following up. Lameiras had Spurs' last effort with a shot that flew wide.

With the amount of possession and pressure that Spurs had it should have been a comfortable win for the home side. The pace of the two Spurs wingers created openings throughout the game and with goals coming from them attacking the far post. My view in the first half for our goals was not the best so if I have got the scorers wrong then I apologise but it looked like McEvoy got a hat-trick. Nardiello provided the main threat for the visitors. The withdrawal of Ward and the re-shuffling of the defence before the start did not cause a problem even if the goals conceded came from mistakes at the back and an assist for the referee.

The win moved Spurs above Stoke into fourth place in the group two points behind Sunderland who they play in the last group match. That game could decide who takes the last place in the Elite group in the New Year.

Tomorrow (Sunday 18th November, 2012)the U-21 teams meet at Nantwich while next Saturday the Academy entertain Aston Villa at Hotspur Way.


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