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Spurs U19s v FC Utrecht, 04.08.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

      Eurofoot 2012, Group B, 3rd game
     Hazebeek Sportspark, Oostduinkerke
      Saturday 4th August 2012, 11.15am

       SPURS       v       FC UTRECHT
      (Navy)               (Red/White)
       4-3-3                 4-5-1

        0(0)                  1(1)

Scorer:-                    Badjeck 24

           (Squad Numbers)
    Billy Granger  1 Menno Heus
       Grant Ward  2 Ralph Owusu
     Samuel Smith  3 Myente Albena
    Joshua Onomah  4 
     Alex McQueen  5 Laurens Van Der Voort
     Dominic Ball  6 Nassir El Aissati
   Kenneth McEvoy  7 
   Ruben Lameiras  8 Sean Klaiber
   Zapata-Caicedo  9 Cedric Badjeck
   Darren McQueen 10 Faris Afifi
   Stefan Colovic 11 Hamza Boukhari

Daniel Akindayini 12 Derk Gruppen
   Liam Priestley 13 Colin Seedorf
  Thomas Gardiner 14 Aleksander Bjelica
    Aaron McEneff 15 Jerry Geurtsen
    Filip Lesniak 16 Mike Havekotte
   Michael-Percil 17 Gabriel Bonsu
 Shaq. Coulthirst 18
                  19 Romano Van Der Stoep
                  20 Ayoub Boubakari
                  21 Gyrano Kerk

Zapata-Caicedo       Bjelica( Afifi 36)
(Colovic 26)
Lameiras(Onomah 36)  Van Der Stoep(Bonsu 36)
Ward(Lesniak 47)     El Aissati(Boubakari 40)

                     Van Der Stoep 48(Not 10 yds)
It was a warm sunny morning for Spurs' first match of the day, which was their third match of the tournament. Spurs lined up with Priestley in goal behind Ball and McEneff with Gardiner at right back and Smith on the left. The midfield trio was Onomah, Lesniak and Colovic. Darren McQueen was again up front with McEvoy on his right and Coulthirst on his left. The injury to Alex McQueen led to the changes at the back.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half with Priestley making an early save from Boukhari while Badjeck fired over. Coulthirst advanced into the left channel before laying the ball out to McEvoy who crossed low, but Colovic directed his effort wide of the far post.

Boukhari headed wide before Colovic's cross was only cleared to Lesniak, but Heus collected his drive. Badjeck found space behind Smith but Priestley saved his effort. Badjeck again got in behind to chase a long ball and chipped Priestley who had raced off his line for the opening goal. There was just time to kick off before the referee blew to end the half.

Inglethorpe made one change for the second half with Zapata-Caicedo replacing Colovic in the midfield. Badjeck set up Boubakari for a chance that Priestley saved. McEvoy got down the right and crossed for Coulthirst who turned it wide. Lameiras replaced the impressive Onomah in midfield while Utrecht made three changes. One of them, Van Der Stoep, drew a save and had another effort fly over the bar before Inglethorpe made another change. Ward came on for Lesniak at left back so that Smith could move into midfield.

As Spurs pushed for a goal Utrecht dropped deep looking to rely on counter attacks using Badjeck as the outlet. At a Spurs free kick Van Der Stoep was shown a yellow for trying to delay the kick. Lameiras had kicked the ball at him to gain the referee's attention. From the kick Gardiner, at the far post, headed the ball back across goal going the wrong side of the post. Utrecht were able to see out the game for their first win.

Spurs started well and looked secure at the back but because the full backs push up they left space at the back that Badjeck was able to exploit. Spurs' main threat came from Coulthirst and McEvoy in the wide areas. They need to make more use of this especially on the right where Kenneth had lots of space ahead of him on many occasions. Onomah and Lesniak both have done well in the middle while Colovic was not so good. McEneff filled in at the back well allowing Ball to make runs out of the back.

Spurs next play Club Brugge at 2.30pm.

          Group B Table 
                 P  W  D  L  F-A  Pts
Atl. Paranaense  2  0  0  0  7-2   6
Club Brugge      2  2  0  0  4-0   6
FC Utrecht       3  1  1  1  2-2   4
SV Zulte-Waregem 3  1  0  2  4-7   3
SPURS            3  1  0  2  3-6   3
Standard Luik    3  0  1  1  3-6   1
I made a mistake yesterday as the table indicated that Utrecht beat Brugge 1-0 when it was the other way round. I found out this morning when I queried the result.


Spurs 1 Atletico Paranaense 4
Spurs 2 SV Zulte-Waregem 1
Spurs 1 Club Brugge 2
Spurs 1 Standard Luik 2
Spurs 1 Anderlecht 1 (Spurs win 3-1 on pens)

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