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Spurs v Bolton - Youth Cup 5th Rd - 15.02.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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               FA Youth Cup 5th Round.
             White Hart Lane, Tottenham
            Friday 15th February 2013, 7pm

               SPURS     v     BOLTON
            (All White)      (All Blue)
               4-3-3            4-4-2

                4(2)             8(3) 

             Luke McGee  1 Jan Ole Sievers
      Alexander McQueen  2 Jordan Hendrie
             Grant Ward  3 Liam Gibson
        Milos Veljkovic  4 Robert Holding
          Laste Dombaxe  5 Niall Maher
         Connor Ogilvie  6 Sam Bailey
   Roman Michael-Percil  7 Chris Lester
         Nabil Bentaleb  8 Dyllon Wolstenholme
  Shaquile Coulthirst(C) 9 Zach Clough
         Ruben Lameiras 10 Tom Youngs
         Kenneth McEvoy 11 Thomas Walker

           Dominic Ball 12 Saul Hamer
                           (10)90+5Mins.
         Liam Priestley 13 Harry Campbell
            Harry Winks 14 Elliott Newby
             (5)62Mins.    (11)89Mins. 
          Joshua Onomah 15 Kieron Nolan
             (8)57Mins.
      Daniel Akindayini 16 Carl Kennedy
             (4)77Mins.

Scorers:-
       Coulthirst 5, 73    Walker 23, 29, 64
       McEvoy 45+2         Youngs 24, 60, 68, 77
       Lameiras pen 67     Clough 90+5 

Booked:-
       Onomah 83(Studs up) Sievers 69(Time wasting)
                           Clough 73(Not 10 yds) 

Coach:-
       J. McDermott        D. Lee

Attendance:- Approx 2,500

Referee:- M. Bull
Assistants:- J. Pickford & J. Richardson
Fourth Official:- N. West

It was a chilly evening for this cup tie at The Lane. The visitors - Bolton Wanderers - are currently seventh in the Elite group and beat Reading in the previous round. A good sized vocal crowd turned up for this game including the 1882 group.

Spurs lined up with Dombaxe and Ogilvie at the back in front of McGee in goal with McQueen at right back and Ward on the left. Veljkovic sat in front of the back four with Bentaleb and Lameiras making up the midfield trio. Coulthirst was flanked by Michael-Percil and McEvoy up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the Park Lane End in the first half and looked good playing the ball quickly across the midfield while the visitors were closing down quickly and their defence was preventing the final ball.

McEvoy was released down the left and he got round the back and crossed low for Coulthirst to fly in and turn it home for an early lead. Spurs looked to increase their advantage with the "Trotters" defending in depth. Bentaleb fired over and when Dombaxe centred Ogilvie stooping header was blocked on the line. McEvoy pulled the ball back for Lameiras to drive wide from the edge of the area. When Lameiras released McEvoy on the left he got round the back but was sent flying over the adverts by Hendrie's challenge.

Bolton broke away and Lester's effort was cleared off the line by Ward. This encouraged the visitors to press forward and Lester out-paced Ward down the right and got in a cross that was turned out as far as Walker on the left. He cut inside and curled his shot past McGee for the equaliser.

Spurs lost the ball from the re-start and Youngs was able to dribble through the defence and slot the ball home for Bolton's second. The two goals in a minute knocked Spurs out of their stride and handed the initiative to the visitors.

Lester found room for a shot that McGee saved before they increased their lead when Lester won a loose ball, advanced, and played in Walker to finish. Coulthirst forced a save before Walker fired a free kick over. Deep into added time Spurs won a corner on the left which was curled in for McEvoy to turn in near the far post for 2-3.

There were no changes for the second half which saw the visitors finding plenty of space in the Spurs half to exploit. McGee saved a free kick in the first minute and then an effort by the tricky Youngs who worked an opening in the area. Lester intercepted a cross field pass and attacked at pace, playing a one two with Youngs to get through one on one with McGee and slotting the ball under the advancing keeper for 2-4.

Youngs then got through the right channel to draw a save from McGee before McDermott made a change replacing Bentaleb with Onomah. Bolton were attacking at pace and the Spurs defenders looked scared to tackle them unlike the visitors who were not afraid to put a foot in. Youngs dribbled into the area and saw his shot deflected to wrong foot McGee for their fifth.

Spurs made an attacking change replacing Dombaxe with Winks and moving Veljkovic into the back line. It did no good as a foul gave Bolton a free kick just outside the area. Walker drove the ball low around the wall into the far corner for 2-6 to the visitors.

Another dribble saw Youngs' drive go wide of the far post before Spurs staged a comeback. Michael-Percil dribbled into the area and was fouled by Gibson for a penalty. Lameiras drove the spotkick low into the left corner to reduce the deficit to 3-6. When Spurs won a corner the keeper tried to delay it by holding onto the ball and received the first yellow card.

Walker broke down the left side and saw his low drive hit the far post. Clough then got booked for not retreating ten yards at a Spurs free kick as Spurs wanted to push forward. Lameiras played the ball out to McEvoy on the right and he got round the back to set up Coulthirst to score his second and take the score to 4-6.

Spurs were now pushing bodies forward and leaving gaps at the back which the visitors exploited. Youngs got on the end of a quick counter to score his fourth making it 4-7. Onomah had a long range effort saved before Spurs made their last change replacing Veljkovic with Akindayini going three at the back. Onomah was lucky to only get a yellow card when he dived into a tackle with his studs showing. Michael-Percil drove wide before Clough was played in but could not hit the target. Lameiras drove wide of the far post before another break saw McGee save a shot from sub Newby only for Clough to follow up and net the rebound for 4-8. That is how the match finished. Bolton go on to meet Forest in the next round.

This was a proper old fashioned youth game with plenty of goals. Spurs started well playing good passing football but Bolton defended in depth and were countering with the pace of Walker and Lester and the tricky Youngs, who found defenders unwilling to tackle him. Bolton's direct fast paced attacks were in contrast to the more patient build-up of Spurs' passing game. The turning point was the two quick goals against the run of play that hit Spurs confidence and put Bolton in the driving seat which they never lost. Spurs play became more disjointed as confidence faded leading to mistakes that cost goals.

Saturday morning sees the visit of group leaders West Brom to Hotspur Way for their next group 1 game. Spurs will have to field a different eleven to tonight’s one in the top of the group clash.

Ray

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