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Wolves U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 09.03.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          Premier Academy League, Group 1
      Wolverhampton Wanderers Training Ground
         Saturday 9th March 2013, 12 noon

            WOLVES     v     SPURS 
         (Gold/Black)     (All White)
             4-4-2           4-3-3

              1(1)            2(2)

Spurs:- McGee, McEneff, Ogilvie, Lesniak, Ball, Dombaxe, Lameiras(Vincent-Young 89, Winks, Akindayini, Onomah(Michael-Percil 70), Oduwa(Zapata-Caicedo 57)

Unused Sub:- Priestley

Scorers:- Ball 17, Lameiras 45+1

Coach:- P. Brush

Wolves Team unknown

Coach M. Halsall

Scorer No.9 25 Mins.

Booked:- No.10 - Not retreating 10yds. 55 Mins. No.4 Foul from behind on Michael-Percil 75 Mins.

It was a cool cloudy morning for Spurs' trip to Wolverhampton. Having been held to a 1-1 draw at Hotspur Way at the beginning of the second phase. Not only was there no team-sheet available but I was almost thrown out because they had not given me permission to report on the match despite having asked them well in advance. I just missed the kick-off due to a grid-locked junction 16 on the M6 and trying to sort out a team-sheet.

Spurs lined up with Dombaxe and Ball at the back with McEneff on the right and Ogilvie on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield with Onomah and Winks. Up front Akindayini led the line with Lameiras on his right and Oduwa on his left.

Spurs defended the west end in the first half and got involved in an end to end game with Spurs showing some good passing moves through the midfield while the home side were more direct.

McGee had to make the first save before Winks fired over. Lameiras had a weak effort saved before Spurs took the lead from a right-side corner. Lameiras took it short and played it back to Lesniak on the edge of the area. The young Slovak moved the ball left before hitting a curling shot that the keeper saved, but could not hold, diving to his right. Two defenders failed to clear the loose ball allowing Ball to score.

Akindayini drew a save before the home side equalised. Their striker ran onto a long ball out on the left and with time he was able to hit a dipping volley over McGee on the line. The keeper got his hands to it but pushed it onto the underside of the crossbar as it went in.

Spurs reacted with a free kick by Dombaxe which was too high and Onomah fired wide. Wolves had an effort wide before McEneff got down the right and put in a good low cross that Akindayini just failed to meet. Lameiras had a low drive from the left that was wide of the far post. As the half entered added time the Wolves left back failed to control a pass out and the ball ran to Lameiras. The midfielder took the ball on and slid it inside the near post for Spurs second.

There were no changes for the start of the second half with the home side missing a good heading chance at the far post from a free kick. Both sides looked to keep the game flowing and took free kicks quickly where they could, which led to a Wolves player being booked for not retreating 10 yards.

Spurs made the first change, replacing Oduwa with Zapata-Caicedo as they changed to 4-4-2 with Lameiras dropping into midfield. McGee saved from the right winger at the expense of a corner. Both sides made the rest of their changes over a fifteen minute spell. Spurs replaced Onomah with Michael-Percil to work the right flank, and Vincent-Young replaced Lameiras to play at right back allowing McEneff to move into midfield.

Ogilvie headed wide from a free kick as both defences took a grip to prevent chances on their respective goals. Michael-Percil fired well over from a good position and McGee had to make a save before the final whistle.

It was a fairly good end to end match with chances in the first half that saw all the goals but the chances dropped off in the second. Both sides produced some good approach play but the final bal was missing. Spurs were the better passing side but the home side were more direct. With a young side due to the U-21 game on Monday it was a good result. The U-16's also played and earned a 2-2 draw.

The victory keeps Spurs on top of the group as they have a break before their next game which is away to Liverpool on the 23rd March.

Ray

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