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Spurs U-21s v Stoke U-21s, 17.09.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier U-21 League, Group 2
         Hotspur Way Training Ground
       Monday 17th September 2012, 11am

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

           7(5)               2(2) 

     Jordan Archer  1  Dale Eve
        Adam Smith  2  George Rigg
      Nathan Byrne  3  Ryan O'Reilly
   Milos Veljkovic  4  Lucas Dawson
        Grant Hall  5  Manny Parry
      Dean Parrett  6  Jordan Keane(C)
       Yago Falque  7  Adam Thomas
      Ryan Mason(C) 8  Jordan Richardson 
    Jonathan Obika  9  Roy Obiake
       Tom Carroll 10  Michael Clarkson
 Cristian Ceballos 11  Jack Nardiello

     Kevin Stewart 12  Kris Scott
        (4)66Mins.     (4)70Mins.
Lawrence Vigouroux 13 
        Jack Munns 14  Matt Gledhill 
     William Ekong 15  Jaden Hall
     Laste Dombaxe 16  Karim Rossi
       (10)66Mins.     (9)81Mins.
                   17  Ben Glasgow 

Mason 11,42,75 (pen)   Keane 5 
Ceballos 13            Thomas 39
Obika 15
Byrne 23
Parrett 51

Ceballos 44(Foul)      Keane 50(Foul)

       T. Sherwood     D. Kevan

Referee:- R. Hyde
Assistants:- P. Georgiou & Bakalarz
It was a bright sunny morning at the training ground for today's game. There was a bit of a mix-up at the gate as the security man was not letting anyone in. Once that was sorted everyone got to the pitch for the kick-off.

Spurs lined up with Hall and Veljkovic in front of Archer and Smith at right back and Byrne on the left. Parrett anchored the midfield trio with Mason and Carroll alongside. Obika led the line with Falque on his right and Ceballos on his left. Stoke included the two goal scorers from Saturday's U-18 game.(O'Reilly and Nardiello)

Spurs defended the west end in the first half and soon had the visitors on the back foot. Eve pushed the ball over the bar from the first attack. Mason fired over before the "Potters" took the lead. Keane scored with a header at the far post from a corner.

Spurs responded quickly with Falque hitting the bar with an effort from the edge of the area. Spurs were soon level when Mason ran onto a through ball to beat Eve. From a short corner Hall headed over before Spurs went ahead when Ceballos was found on the right side of the area and slotted home. This was followed quickly by a goal from Obika that was all his own work. The striker conceded a free kick on the right. Eve took the kick and when it was cleared back towards him Obika closed him down quickly to block his kick. The ball rebounded into the goalmouth where Obika, having followed up, tapped in.

Spurs increased their lead when Byrne exchanged passes with Mason on the left flank before coming inside and curling the ball in off the far post from the edge of the area. Spurs continued to press with the ball being moved quickly around the midfield until an opening appeared, such as when Mason fired wide.

Keane saw his header cleared of the line from a corner before Obika drove wide. Parrett headed over from a corner while Ceballos set up Carroll for a chance that was saved. The Spaniard himself fired over from a promising position. Obika played in Byrne for a strike that was saved by Eve for a corner. Stoke broke away down the left via Clarkson who whipped over a cross that reached Thomas at the far post who scored at the second attempt.

Spurs restored their three goal lead when Obika knocked down a high ball into the path of Mason to get his second goal with a low finish across the keeper. Ceballos picked up a booking for a clumsy challenge just before the interval.

There were no changes for the second half which continued with Spurs playing through the midfield for Mason to draw a save from the keeper. Ceballos fired just wide before Rigg drew a save from Archer. Keane was booked for a foul on Obika which the referee indicated was one too many.

Spurs increased their lead when Carroll took the ball to the right and crossed for Parrett to head home at the far post. Carroll also set up Mason but he drove wide. Mason crossed from the left for Ceballos to strike the post with his effort. Richardson then struck the crossbar with a shot after winning the ball in midfield.

Sherwood made a triple substitution with Munns replacing Obika up front, Stewart replaced Veljkovic at the back and Dombaxe came on for Carroll in midfield. As the new players settled in, Stoke saw Thomas fire wide and Nardiello did the same before he was replaced.

Mason released Smith down the right who cut inside, riding the tackle from O'Reilly before going down under the challenge from Keane to win a penalty. Mason stepped up to send the ball inside the left post for Spurs seventh and his third goal. Scott drove across the goalmouth from the right to win a corner as both sides continued to attack. Smith played in Parrett for the last chance that flew over the bar.

This was a good midfield performance from Spurs with Falque and Ceballos combining with the midfield trio to move the ball quickly around the middle third of the pitch before attacking at pace. They dominated possession for much of the game and deserved the goals that were scored. Hopefully Spurs can build from this first win.

This win moves Spurs to fifth in the group. Next week they play the current Group leaders Southampton at St. Marys with an evening kick off at 7pm. Southampton have just played two games in a week drawing with Villa and beating Newcastle away to go two points clear. Newcastle have the chance to regain top spot when they take on sixth placed Sunderland tomorrow.


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