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Spurs U-18s v Fulham U-18s, 09.11.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

          Premier Academy U-18 League 2013-4
          Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
          Saturday 9th November 2013, 11.01am

               SPURS     v     FULHAM
           (White/Blue)      (Red/White)
               4-3-3            4-3-3

                2(0)             2(1) 

             Luke McGee  1  Marek Rodak
       Joseph Pritchard  2  Ryheem Sheckleford
         Connor Ogilvie  3  Adetayo Edun
        Filip Lesniak(C) 4  Liam Donelly(C)
 Cameron Carter-Vickers  5  Cameron Burgess
      Christian Maghoma  6  Solomon Sambou
        Emmanuel Sonupe  7  Patrick Roberts
          Joshua Onomah  8  Emerson Hyndman
        Shayon Harrison  9  Moussa Dembele
            Harry Winks 10  Jordan Evans
           Nathan Oduwa 11  George Williams

     Kyle Walker-Peters 12  Magnus Norman
         Liam Priestley 13
         William Miller 14  Noe Baba
             (10)46Mins     (2)85Mins
      Daniel Akindayini 15  Josh Smile
              (9)73Mins     (8)84Mins.
                        16  Dean O'Halloran
                        17  Mekhi Leacock-McLeod

          Onomah 49         Sambou 11
          Harrison 54       Dembele (pen) 65 

Maghoma 21(Dissent)         Edun 10(Late)
Lesniak 66(Dissent)         Hyndman 59(Foul)
Carter-Vickers 69(Handball) Sheckleford 79(Late)
                            Donelly 86(Late) 

        J. McDermott        S. Wigley

Ref:- N. Briggs

It was a very overcast cloudy morning that soon turned to rain for the visit of Fulham who top the southern group on goal difference from Spurs. Therefore, this was a real top of the table clash. Spurs came into the game having lost last week at home to Sunderland 1-4 while Fulham beat Blackburn 6-0. Fulham have been the best academy side for the last three years so this looked a good test for the Spurs team.

Spurs lined up with Carter-Vickers and Maghoma in front of McGee. Midfielder Pritchard came in at right back with Ogilvie on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Onomah and Winks, while Harrison led the line with Sonupe on his right and Oduwa on his left. Spurs again had a short sub's bench with Winks only due to play 45 minutes.

After a minute's silence Spurs kicked off attacking the West end, and had an early chance when Harrison played in Oduwa for an effort that was saved by Rodak. The ball was quickly moved upfield for Hyndman to fire over.

With both sides attacking, Spurs were soon down the other end, with Onomah playing in Sonupe to draw a save from the keeper. Dembele (Ed:- Fulham have another Moussa Dembele!)got the ball on the left and laid it off to Williams who hit a curling shot that came back off the inside of the far post.

The referee kept stopping play, as he let very little go. He showed his yellow card for the first time to Edun who slid in late on Onomah, after the Spurs midfielder had slipped, catching him in the small of the back.

From a Spurs corner Rodak started a counter attack with Williams crossing for Dembele. The French striker back-heeled the ball into the path of Sambou who buried it inside the right post to put the visitors in front.

Rodak was out quickly to beat Harrison to a through ball. Following a Spurs corner, Maghoma went into the ref's book for something he said. Donelly headed wide at the far post from Hyndman's free kick and McGee saved a weak effort from Dembele before Lesniak played in Winks to set up Harrison for a strike that was saved, with Winks firing over when Fulham failed to clear.

Winks played in Sonupe to get round the back but the winger fired over. Pritchard was caught late after he cleared the ball up field and was off the pitch for a while as the game continued. It wasn't until McGee saved from Hyndman that there was a break in play to allow Walker-Peters to replace him.

Miller replaced Winks for the second half and his running with the ball saw Spurs put the visitors under pressure. After Williams had fired over, Spurs equalised when Miller advanced through the middle and played the ball out to the right for Sonupe to get round the back and pull the ball back for Onomah to finish low to Rodak's left.

Spurs went in front when Miller advanced and played the ball to the left for Harrison. The young striker held off his marker to take a touch before hitting it on the turn. Rodak could only push the ball onto the underside of the bar as it went in.

Spurs began to get on top and Hyndman was booked for a late tackle, before Sonupe collected the ball on the edge of the area, took a couple of steps forward, before hitting a left foot effort that struck the right post. Onomah fired wide from a corner before a break by Hyndman was halted by Lesniak from behind. The referee awarded the penalty, despite Lesniak protesting that initial contact was outside the area. Dembele stepped up to score sending McGee the wrong way. Lesniak was booked for continuing his protests before the re-start.

Spurs continued to press and another break saw Carter-Vickers caught out when he slipped and handled the ball to prevent the Fulham player getting away. He duly went into the ref's book. Harrison drew another save before he was replaced by Akindayini. Sheckleford was the next player booked when he dived in on Oduwa after the ball had gone.

Fulham came back into the game as it became end to end again. Roberts fired over and from a quick throw-in he also drove wide. Donelly was booked for a two-footed tackle on Akindayini which led to the Fulham bench deciding that a point was good enough. They made a couple of changes to help run down the clock but both sides had a chance before the end. Oduwa got down the left and whipped in a cross that Akindayini miss-hit in the six yard box and Dembele fired over the bar.

This was a hard fought game in which both sides went for it in poor conditions. The referee made no allowances for the conditions and hardly ever played advantage or allowed play to restart without his whistle which frustrated both sides as they liked to keep the ball moving as much as possible. Both teams are strong attacking sides that move the ball quickly. With Villa losing at West Ham both sides move another point clear of third place Villa. Next Saturday Spurs travel to Leicester who sit on the bottom of the table while Fulham entertain West Brom who are just above them.


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