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Spurs U-18s v Stoke U-18s, 20.04.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier U-18 League 2012-3
                    Group 1
        Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
        Saturday 20th April 2013, 12noon

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

              3(1)              1(0) 

          Luke McGee   1  Dale Eve(C)
        Alex McQueen   2  Jake Cook
        Grant Ward(C)  3  Sam Westley
        Dominic Ball   4  Eddy Lectgue
Cameron Carter-Vickers 5  Edward Sanders
      Connor Ogilvie   6  Mason Watkins-Clark
       William Miller  7  Derice Richards
        Joshua Onomah  8  Charlie Ward
Victor Zapata-Caicedo  9  Nathan Hopkinson
       Ruben Lameiras 10  Kris Scott
           Mason Bush 11  Kieran Monlouis

   Kane Vincent-Young 12  Joe Hulme
       Liam Priestley 13 
      Emmanuel Sonupe 14 
       Darren McQueen 15  Degwon Ebanks
           (7)69Mins.     (9)54Mins.
        Filip Lesniak 16  Oliver Shenton
                      17  Peter Makrillos
                      18  Charles Weston-Hayles

Zapata-Caicedo 39,69,90+1 Ward 82 

     A. McQueen 89

     T. McDermott         D. Wright

Referee:- G. Baker

Another hat-trick for Zapata-Caicedo!

Victor Zapata-Caicedo (it's a fantastic name, isn't it?) scored his second under 18s' hat-trick of the season, as Spurs' youngsters kept themselves in the running to win their group. Here is Ray Lo's report:-

It was a bright, warm sunny day but with a light chilled breeze for the last home group match of this season. The weather brought out a good sized crowd as well as the scouts. With an important game coming up on Monday, Spurs put out a young side which included Carter-Vickers for his first game at this level having played in the Spatak Cup last weekend with a number of others including Connor Ogilvie who picked up a player of the tournament award.

Spurs lined up with Carter-Vickers alongside Ogilvie at the back with McQueen on the right and Grant Ward on the left. Ball anchored the midfield with Lameiras and Onomah supporting Zapata-Caicedo up front flanked by Miller and Bush.

After a short delay to turn off the sprinklers, Spurs kicked off attacking the west end in the first half which saw the visitors closing down across the midfield trying to stop the supply to the front three.

After a tight opening spell, Spurs began to put together some good approach play without a final ball until Onomah rode a tackle to play in Bush on the left. His effort was deflected into the side netting for a corner. Miller seized on a loose ball to advance and shoot. Eve saved with a foot and the follow-up went for a corner. The corner was played back to McQueen who drove wide from over twenty yards. Bush came in from the left to find the side netting before appearing just right of centre to loop an effort over his shoulder onto the crossbar.

A Stoke counter attack was nipped in the bud when McGee was out quickly to prevent Hopkinson running onto a through pass. A corner from Lameiras was flicked on by Zapata-Caicedo but wide of the far post. Miller fired well wide. before Lameiras and Onomah opened up the defence for him to get behind only to put the ball wide. Spurs finally scored when Lameiras provided the final ball to Zapata-Caicedo to beat the keeper close in to allow them to go in at half-time with a lead.

There were no changes for the start of the second half, which saw Spurs pushing forward from the off. Bush got down the left and his low cross was met at the near post by Zapata-Caicedo who turned it wide. The striker played in Bush for an effort that was saved.

The visitors then had their first chance when McGee saved from Lectgue for a corner. With Spurs continuing to push forward, Miller drew a save and Ball drove wide before Spurs increased their lead. Grant Ward, who was up in support, curled the ball in from the left which Eve saved diving to his left. However, Zapata-Caicedo was on hand to knock in the loose ball for his second.

Spurs made a change before the re-start replacing Miller with Darren McQueen to support Zapata-Caicedo up front and then taking off Bush for Sonupe to work the right side.

Spurs looked content with the two goal lead and sat back while the visitors made changes and pushed forward putting the home side under pressure for the first time. Makrillos fired over and Monlouis did the same before their pressure paid off. Charlie Ward scored with a good effort from a short free kick just outside the area.

Makrillos had another effort fired over before Spurs should have regained their two goal lead. Lameiras threaded the ball out to Zapata-Caicedo who played it into the area for Darren McQueen who only had the keeper to beat. The striker took a touch before hitting it over the bar.

Alex McQueen picked up a yellow after the referee had given a free kick Spurs' way. I don't know what offence he had committed. As the game went into added time, Spurs made the game safe when Lameiras drove the ball in from just outside the area towards the left post where Zapata-Caicedo had ghosted in to turn the ball across the keeper into the right side of the net. There was still time for Ebanks to see his shot go for a corner.

For most of the game Spurs were the better side and it was only when Stoke took the game to them in the second half that they were put under pressure. On the whole they handled that well with Carter-Vickers having a good first game. Stoke came to contain Spurs which they did for most of the first half and it was only when they went two down that the came out of their shell.

The win cuts Sunderland's lead over Spurs to two points, making next week's meeting more interesting. Next week sees the Academy playing two games in two days. The first on Friday morning will be at Sunderland before they go to West Bromwich on Saturday. Victory over the "Black Cats" would put Spurs in a good position to win the group as their last game is against Liverpool who have an outside chance of topping Group 1 themselves.


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