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Spurs U-21s v Southampton U-21s, 26.01.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier U-21 League 2012-3, Elite Group
         Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
        Saturday 26th January 2013, 10.30am

            SPURS      v     SOUTHAMPTON
         (All White)          (All Red)
            4-3-3               4-5-1

             2(2)                2(1) 

       Jonathan Miles  1  Cody Cropper
      Ryan Fredericks  2  Calum Chambers
        Jack Barthram  3  Matt Targett
       Massimo Luongo  4  Jack Stephens
      Milos Veljkovic  5  Aaron Martin
 Giancarlo Gallifuoco  6  Jordan Turnbull
       Alex Pritchard  7  Jake Sinclair
         Ryan Mason(C) 8  Corby Moore
  Shaquile Coulthirst  9  Lee Barnard
         Dean Parrett 10  Ben Reeves(C)
    Cristian Ceballos 11  Jon Forte

         Nathan Byrne 12  Alberto Seidi
           Luke McGee 13  Chris Johns
        Kevin Stewart 14  Matt Young 
         John Bostock 15  Lloyd Isgrove
           (8)63Mins.     (7)72Mins.
                      16  Joe Curtis

       Coulthirst 11      Reeves 40, 62
       Pritchard 13

Fredericks 26(Behind)
Mason 30(Behind)
Parrett 60(Foul) 

       T. Sherwood        M. Hunter

Referee:- A. Crysell
Assistants:- L. Sam & M. Holmes
It was a bright sunny morning, if cold, for Spurs' second U-21 match in this second phase where the visitors were Southampton who were in our group before Christmas. In that phase, when the game was played at White Hart Lane, Spurs ran out 4-0 winners. Both sides made changes to their line-ups from that game. (Spurs U-21s 4 southampton U-21s 0 - 12/11/12)

Spurs lined up with Veljkovic and Gallifuoco in front of Miles in goal. Fredericks was at right back and Barthram played on the left. Luongo started in the centre of the midfield trio with Mason and Parrett. Up front Coulthirst made his first start at this level, with Pritchard on his right and Ceballos on the left. Appearing for the visitors as an over-age player was former Spur Lee Barnard.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half but were soon on the offensive with Parrett heading wide. With the midfield trio running at the defence and the quick movement of the front trio, we were causing the visitors problems, while their wide players made sorties down the wings early on.

Parrett won the ball on the right and made a diagonal run before laying the ball off to Ceballos, who was open on the left. His cross was met by Coulthirst stretching to head home at the far post for the opening goal. This was followed by a second in as many minutes. A short corner saw Pritchard work his way into the area and score from a tight angle low into the far corner.

Southampton responded with a shot by Stephens, which Miles saved at the expense of a corner. This led to a second corner from which Barnard turned wide at the near post. Miles saved a free kick from Reeves turning the ball out for another corner.

Fredericks caught Reeves from behind to receive a yellow card. Turnbull headed over at a corner before Forte found Barnard for a shot that was saved. Forte made a run from his own half but was stopped by Mason who tripped him from behind. It was a needless booking for Mason as there were defenders behind the ball.

Parrett had a shot blocked for a corner and Ceballos fired over before the Saints pulled a goal back. A corner came out to Reeves who drilled the ball low through a crowd of players into the net. A cross from Ceballos was touched on by Parrett and cleared off the line in the last minute of the half.

There were no changes for the start of the second half but Pritchard and Ceballos switched wings. Mason fired over from an early corner and Parrett drove wide. Barnard collected a loose ball but was denied by Miles. Parrett then went hard into a tackle which the referee considered deserved a yellow card. Targett played the ball through the left channel for Reeves to run onto and he scored with a low drive to bring the sides level.

Before the restart, Spurs made a double substitution with Byrne replacing Barthram and Bostock replacing Mason with the armband transferred to Luongo.

The visitors looked happy with a point and pulled players back to fill the midfield. Coulthirst collected a long ball in the corner and pulled it back for Pritchard to draw a save from Cropper. Pritchard had a chance late in the game, which he fired wide. Fredericks pulled up after a run down the right and was replaced by Stewart who went to left back with Byrne moving to the right back position.

Spurs started well and looked like they would win the game with ease but the visitors tightened up at the back closing down the space that the Spurs front three were making. With the midfield blocking the runs of our midfield they held Spurs at bay for the last half hour.

The next game is on Monday 4th February when West Ham are the visitors at Hotspur Way for a midday kick-off. Before that the Wolves U-18 will play our academy side also at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning. I hope that our U-18's will do as well as the U-21's did in their match against Wolves. (Ed:- We won 5-1)


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