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Sunderland U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 26.04.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier Academy League, Group 1
        Academy of Light, Cleadon, Sunderland
            Friday 26th April 2013, 11am

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

               3(2)             6(3)

            Peter Burke  1  Luke McGee
                 Ledger  2  Alex McQueen
           Tommy Robson  3  Grant Ward
             Liam Agnew  4  Laste Dombaxe(C)
            Tom McNamee  5  Dominic Ball
           Jassum Sukar  6  Connor Ogilvie
        Steven McCarthy  7  Roman Michael-Percil
           Ethan Robson  8  Filip Lesniak
          James Stinson  9  Victor Zapata-Caicedo
           Martin Smith 10  Ruben Lameiras
        George Honeyman 11  Harry Miller

        Reece Greenwood 12  Kane Vincent-Young
             (7)66Mins.     (3)71Mins.
                        13  Liam Priestley
              Glen Lane 14  Aaron McEneff
             (6)66Mins.     (8)74Mins.
                        16  Darren McQueen

       Smith 26 pen.        Zapata-Caicedo 24, 31
       Agnew 39             Michael-Percil 34
       Stinson 76           Ball 62
                            Lameiras 68
                            D. McQueen 73

       C. Liddle            J. McDermott

Referee:- M. Carr

While it was a sunny morning there was a chilly wind which gusted across the pitch making long balls tricky. Spurs came to this re-arranged fixture needing a result to have a chance of progressing to the play-offs at the end of the second phase. Two draws against Liverpool had seen Spurs fall behind the"Black Cats" and leaving the door open for Liverpool as well. There was no team-sheet so not all the subs could be named.

Spurs lined up with Ball and Ogilvie at the back with McQueen at right back and Ward on the left. Dombaxe anchored the midfield with Lesniak and Lameiras alongside him. Zapata-Caicedo led the line with Michael-Percil and Miller either side of him.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half which saw the home side pressing to close Spurs down. They had the early pressure preventing Spurs from playing their way out. An early free kick saw McGee saving from Smith. A free kick from for Spurs found its way to Miller on the edge of the area but he fired over. A Stinson cross just failed to find Agnew with only McGee to beat before Spurs scored on the break. Michael-Percil was released down the right and with the assistant flagging for a foul by Sukar, Michael-Percil crossed for Zapata-Caicedo to drive low past Burke. The referee played advantage while the home side believed the foul was the other way.

The referee evened things up when McQueen blocked a drive by McCarthy which struck an arm, with spurs conceding a penalty. Smith scored from the spot low to the keeper's right. Spurs were back in front five minutes later when a ball over the top from Ogilvie saw Zapata-Caicedo running into the area. A tackle from Sukar saw him go down but he was up quickly to toe-poke the ball past the keeper.

Spurs increased their lead when Lameiras fed Miller out wide and his centre was met by Michael-Percil who slotted home. The home side kept pressing and closed the gap when the ball was half cleared to Agnew who drove it in from twenty yards. Spurs had another chance to restore their two goal lead before half-time when Lameiras played a corner to Dombaxe to drive wide.

There were no changes for the second half which saw Spurs looking for another goal. Zapata-Caicedo played in Miller for an effort that was wide before Lameiras supplied Miller for a shot that Burke saved. Spurs scored from a corner by Lameiras that was headed in at the far post by Ball.

Sunderland quickly made a double substitution to pep up their attacking play but before they got a chance to make a difference Spurs got a fifth goal to open a three goal lead. The goal came from a mistake by Burke who slipped, kicking the ball straight to Lameiras on the edge of the area. The Portuguese playmaker accepted the gift, driving home.

Spurs made their own double change replacing Zapata-Caicedo with Darren McQueen up front and Vincent-Young came on in place of Ward. After good work by Michael-Percil on the left Miller played the ball into the six yard box for Darren McQueen to nip in and score Spurs sixth.

With the game safe, Spurs made their last change bringing McEneff on in a holding role in place of Lesniak. Sunderland kept pressing and got a goal back when Stinson headed home a cross from Robson. A free kick from Dombaxe was tipped over by Burke before Robson fired over with the last chance of the game.

This was a very important win for Spurs after a shaky start under good pressure from the home side. They countered well using pace to get behind the "Black Cats"' defence and as they tired, controlling the game better with their passing football.

The win allowed Spurs to climb a point above Sunderland with one game left. That game is Saturday (today - 27.04.13)at West Brom while the "Black Cats" have to face Liverpool on the 6th May. Liverpool have two other games to play starting with West Ham on Saturday.

U-18s Group 1 table 

             P  W  D  L   F-A   GD Pts.
Tottenham   11  6  3  2  28-13  15  21 
Sunderland  11  6  2  3  25-23   2  20  
Liverpool    9  4  3  2  16-11   5  15 
Wolves      11  4  2  5  15-23  -8  14 
West Ham    10  3  2  5  12-15  -3  11 
Stoke        9  2  3  4  11-13  -2   9 
West Brom   11  2  3  6  10-19  -9   9

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