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Spurs U-18s v Chelsea U-18s, 19.10.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier Academy U-18 League 2013-4
                   Southern Group
            Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
           Saturday 19th February 2013, 11 am

               SPURS     v     CHELSEA
           (White/Blue)       (All Blue)
               4-3-3            4-5-1

                3(2)             2(1) 

            Luke McGee   1  Jordan Beeney
    Kyle Walker-Peters   2  Ola Aina
        Connor Ogilvie   3  George Brady
          Anton Walkes   4  Dion Conroy
Cameron Carter-Vickers   5  John Muleba(C)
     Christian Maghoma   6  Kasey Palmer
       Emmanuel Sonupe   7  Chike Kandi
            Cy Goddard   8  Reuben Sammit
     Daniel Akindayini   9  Reece Mitchell
      William Miller(C) 10  Jeremie Boga
      Anthony Georgiou  11  George Cole

    Kane Vincent-Young  12  Tammy Abraham
        Alfie Whiteman  13  Jargo Thompson
      Joseph Pritchard  14  Charlie Collett
             (8)58Mins      (11)70Mins
       Shayon Harrison  15  Jay Da Silva
            (11)73Mins      (8)70Mins
          Nathan Oduwa  16  Kyle Scott

         Miller 11          Kandi 41
         Akindayini 32      Abraham 63
         Georgiou 62 

                            Palmer 64

         K. McKenna         A. Vivash

Referee: J. Vallance

It was a chilly overcast morning at Hotspur Way where the visitors Chelsea arrived two points behind Spurs in third. Having lost the chance last week to go top of the group, losing their 100% record to West Ham, Spurs needed to get back into winning ways.

Spurs lined up with Maghoma and Carter-Vickers in front of McGee with Walker-Peters at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Walkes anchored the midfield with Goddard and Miller alongside him. Akindayini led the line with Sonupe to his right and Georgiou on his left. Lesniak was absent again having been away with Slovakia.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the East end against a Blues' defence that did not give an inch. They prevented Georgiou and Sonupe the room to attack them down the flanks in ways that the young Spurs players were not happy. It was clear from the start that the referee was going to allow more physical contact than we normally see at this level. The visitors took full advantage.

The game became a midfield battle where the strength of the visitors in closing down the white shirts of Spurs stopped the home side's passing game while still producing attacking chances for themselves. Cole fired wide and Muleba sent Mitchell away into the area. McGee was out quickly, getting down, but pulling his hands away just before the striker went down looking for a penalty.

Ogilvie slid in late for a tackle which saw the ball rebound off him to a white shirt. The full back was up quickly and away down the wing to collect the ball getting to the line before pulling the ball back for Miller to fire low into the far corner for the opening goal.

As Spurs began to get a foothold in the middle of the pitch, Miller picked up a clearance about 25 yards out and drew a save from Beeney. Good work again on the left by Ogilvie presented Akindayini with a chance running onto the ball, which he drove into the far corner of the net. It may have taken a deflection on the way but it increased Spurs lead.

Chelsea responded with Mitchell firing wide and McGee saving from Kandi. Cole squared the ball from a free kick to Palmer 20 yards out and his strike was saved by McGee. When Walkes was caught in possession the effort was blocked but Kandi reacted quickest to score from the rebound. Goddard won a corner from a free kick and saw his effort saved when Akindayini played him in right at the end of the half.

Chelsea made a change for the start of the second half replacing Mitchell with Abraham as they looked for another goal. Palmer fired wide and McGee saved from Cole before Spurs made a double change replacing Sonupe with Oduwa on the right and Pritchard replaced Goddard in midfield.

The change worked as Pritchard went through the left channel to collect a ball from Georgiou but had to take three touches to control it, missing the chance of a shot, so he squared the ball to Georgiou, who found the corner of the net.

Chelsea had to respond again and Aina got round the back to win a corner which was cleared. Spurs took the ball up the pitch before losing it. Cole carried it out of defence and sent a long diagonal ball to Abraham in acres of space on the left. The substitute had time to wait for McGee to come out before lifting the ball over him and into the net bringing the score back to 3-2. Before the restart the referee booked Palmer for something off the ball before the goal.

Pritchard got to the line and whipped the ball across the goal mouth but no one could get a touch. McGee saved from Abraham on the counter and had to repeat the feat again a couple of minutes later. Chelsea made two changes as they sought to open up the game. Palmer drew a save, before Harrison replaced Georgiou on the left.

Kandi fired over before Miller played a ball through for Oduwa. Oduwa just got to the ball on the line and turned it back for Pritchard. Beeney made a reaction save at his near post at the expense of a corner. With the game now end to end Aina fired wide before Oduwa at the other end got round the back only to be brought down for a penalty. The lanky striker got up and took the kick himself only to put the ball wide clipping the outside of the left post. That would have given Spurs breathing room if it had gone in.

Harrison fired over from a free kick before McGee saved from Abraham after he was put through by Kandi. Abraham had the last chance in added time which McGee kept out.

This was a tough test for the young Spurs side and they came through it to take the points. Chelsea were a difficult side to play against as they gave little away and made it hard for Spurs when they had the ball. Ogilvie stood out as he profited from Aina's attention on Georgiou to help set up the first two goals.

Spurs go top of the southern group with today's win as Fulham lost 0-3 at home to Villa. Next week Spurs travel to Newcastle who lost today 0-6 at home to Manchester City. Spurs won 4-0 on the opening day of last season at Little Benton. I hope to be there next week.


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