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Man Utd U-21s v Spurs U-21s, 15.04.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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            Premier U-21 League 2012-13 
                  Elite Group
            Salford City Stadium, Eccles
            Monday 15th April 2013, 7pm

      MANCHESTER UTD    v     SPURS 
       (Red/White)         (White/Blue)
         4-4-2                4-3-3

          1(0)                 0(0)

              Ben Amos  1  Lawrence Vigouroux
           Reece James  2  Ryan Fredericks
       Marnick Vermijl  3  Ezekiel Fryers
            Tom Thorpe  4  Younes Kaboul
     Michele Fornasier  5  Grant Hall(C)
     Charni Ekangamene  6  Milos Veljkovic
          Larnell Cole  7  Kenneth McEvoy
       Frederic Veseli  8  Laste Dombaxe
         Adnan Januzaj  9  Shaquile Coulthirst
      Ryan Tunnicliffe 10  Nabil Bentaleb
         Jesse Lingard 11  Cristian Ceballos

          Tom Lawrence 12  Jack Barthram
           (15)83Mins.     (4)48Mins.
   Jonathan Sutherland 13  Liam Priestley
            Van Velsen 14  Giancarlo Gallifuoco
                           (8)59Mins.
        Tyler Blackett 15  Roman Michael-Percil
            (8)10Mins.     (7)64Mins.
          Luke Hendrie 16

Scorer:-
        Tunicliffe 54 

Booked:-
        Ekangamene 74(Foul)

Coaches:-
        W, Joyce           C. Ramsey 

Referee: A. Scregg
Assistants: M. Forster & D. Midgley
Fourth Official: P. Connett

Attendance:- 2183

Kaboul pulls up. Vigouroux keeps the score down.

It was a cool evening for this match that had been moved from Altrincham FC to the new Salford City Stadium which hosts both codes of Rugby. The crowd filled the stand opposite the main one but a large proportion of them drifted around into the main stand by the second half. Spurs had built up a big gap at the top of the group before sending most of their players out on loan. United and Liverpool have begun to close that gap. Tonight saw the second appearance of Kaboul as he works himself back to match fitness.

Spurs lined up with Kaboul alongside Hall at the back with Fredericks at right back and Fryers on the left. Veljkovic anchored the midfield with Bentaleb and Dombaxe next to him. Up front Coulthirst led the line with McEvoy and Ceballos alongside him.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end beginning brightly. The home side defended from the half-way line closing down the player on the ball quickly looking to prevent the visitors' passing game.

Ceballos robbed Fornasier but Amos was out quickly to prevent a shot. The first chance of the game fell to Ceballos who received the ball from Hall after it was pinging around the area, but Amos saved for a corner. Hall headed over from the corner.

Veseli pulled up after getting behind the defence and had to be replaced. United then began to get in the tackles to disrupt Spurs' passing game, and breaking up the play giving them openings to exploit. Ekangamene fired wide and Januzaj got free to drive wide as well.

Vigouroux saved from Tunnicliffe regaining his feet in time to save Lingard's follow up effort. Blackett had a chance that he hit wide and then a run by McEvoy opened up the home defence with a pass inside to Dombaxe who hit the ball first time high over the goal.

Bentaleb played in Ceballos for a chance that he fired over. When Spurs won a free kick some 25 yards out Ceballos touched it to Kaboul for a low drive that Amos saw late but turned it around the far post. Then with five minutes to go before half time there was a power cut. After a short break the referee finished the half without the floodlights.

The lights were back on for the start of the second half which saw an early run from the back by Kaboul, his second of the night and his last as he pulled up and left the pitch.

It took a minute before Barthram came on in his place taking position on the left of the defence with Fryers moving inside. Ceballos hit the crossbar with a free kick before Januzaj tricked his way past Hall drawing a save from Vigouroux. Tunnicliffe beat Vigouroux to a through ball from Cole to score as he was falling.

Barthram got forward to drive over before Spurs replaced Dombaxe with Gallifuoco to provide more defensive strength in the midfield which was being pushed about to much by the home side.

Gallifuoco chipped over the United defence for Coulthirst to chase and despite the attentions of Fornaiser, Shaquille got his foot to the ball and made Amos save. Lingard beat the offside trap but Vigouroux was out quickly to save at his feet.

Spurs replaced McEvoy with Michael-Percil who, when he first received the ball, dribbled past three players before he was blocked, winning a free kick. Cole got the ball in the left channel and drove his effort onto the far post and out to safety. Cole did draw a save from the keeper with his next effort.

Fredericks made a run from the right across the pitch before Ekangamene went through the back of him as he turn away. That tackle earned the player a yellow card. With Spurs resorting to more long balls to avoid the attentions of the United midfield the home side looked comfortable seeing out the game.

It was not a good performance from Spurs as United closed them down in numbers in midfield putting in strong tackles that shook them up and put them off their game. This allowed the home side to win the midfield battle and spring forward quickly.It also looks like Kaboul has had a setback to his recovery.

Next week Spurs go to Barnet for a meeting with Arsenal knowing that they would love to prevent them from securing top spot in the group. United have closed the gap to five points with a game in hand. That game is against third placed Liverpool which was to have been played on Friday but has now been postponed.

Ray

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