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Spurs U-18s v Arsenal U-18s, 25.02.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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            Premier U-18 Southern League 2014-15
                   Hotspur Way, Enfield
             Wednesday 25th February 2015, 11am

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

                    4(2)             1(0)

                 Harry Voss  1  Hugo Keto
                 Lloyd Ross  2  Elliot Wright(C)
             Joseph Muscatt  3  Ilias Chatzitheodorou
              Charlie Owens  4  Ben Sheal
          Christian Maghoma  5  Kris De Graca
             Anton Walkes(C) 6  Marc Bola
                Armani Daly  7  Nathan Tella
                  Luke Amos  8  Harry Donovan
            Shayon Harrison  9  Josh Da Silva
          Zenon Stylianides 10  Savvas Mourgos
             Ismail Azzaoui 11  Eddie Nketiah

           Christopher Paul 12  Owen Moore
                  (5)58Mins     (2)46Mins
              Thomas Glover 13  Ryan Huddart
                  Ryan Loft 14  Reiss Nelson
                 (10)58Mins     (7)64Mins
            Charlie Hayford 15  Charlie Gilmour
                                (4)68Mins

Scorers:-
   Harrison(pen)17, 29, 50      Mourgos 64
   Loft (pen)68

Booked:-
            Owens 56(Pull)      Keto 17(Foul)
                                Ilias 45+1(Foul)
                                Bola 67(Foul)
                                Nelson 90+1(Foul)

Coach:-
            K. McKenna          F. De Kat

Ref: L. Lungarella

It was a chilly cloudy morning for this re-arranged game against our North London neighbours. In a busy period for both clubs they had to draw on their squads. Spurs came into the game having beaten Fulham 4-1 on Saturday, while the visitors lost 2-1 away to West Brom.

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Maghoma and Walkes with Ross at right back and Muscatt on the left. Owens anchored the midfield with Amos and Stylianides as Harrison led the line with Daly on the right and Azzaoui on the left.

Spurs kicked off the game attacking the North end with both sides taking time to get their game together. Spurs showed first with Stylianides firing wide from Azzaoui's cross. Azzaoui was the player in form and he was the one who broke the deadlock. The Belgian winger cut inside off the wing, squeezing between two defenders, before drawing the keeper into fouling him to win a penalty.After the keeper was booked, Harrison took the kick placing it inside the right hand post.

Spurs began to string their passes together now as they got on top. Stylianides fired wide from a free kick by Amos before Spurs got a second. Harrison won the ball on the left side of the area and moved left before firing across the keeper into the net.

Mourgos advanced through the left channel to fire wide after half an hour. Keto saved Harrison's header from a free kick. Da Silva fired over before Harrison drew a save from Keto. A corner was headed back across goal by Harrison for Maghoma to head straight at Keto. Harrison sent Daly away to cross for Stylianides, who turned the ball wide. Another run by Daly around the back found Owens inside the six yard box who could not force the ball over the line. Amos drew a save arriving at the far post for a left wing cross. Ilias was booked for a foul on Harrison in added time.

Arsenal made one change for the second half, having delayed the re-start. In the first minute Azzaoui won the ball deep in the visitors' half and drew a save. Following a corner, which was only half cleared, the ball was played into Harrison on the edge of the area who side-footed into the far side of the net to complete his hat-trick, scoring Spurs' third.

Nketiah made a break down the right to win a corner from Voss's save. With the gooners pushing forward in search of a goal, Owens was booked for pulling an opponent back to stop another break. Voss saved from Sheaf before Spurs made a double change replacing Maghoma with Paul and Stylianides with Loft.

Voss saved a header by Da Silva before Daly played in Loft for an effort saved by Keto. Voss saved from Da Silva before an attack down the right saw Mourgos cut inside to score with a low drive inside the near post.

Loft fired wide, before Nelson shot over. Loft then robbed De Graca only to be foiled by Keto as he tried to go round him. Azzaoui drew a save before Loft headed wide a cross. Loft ran onto a ball through the right channel into the area, where Bola clipped his ankle for a penalty. The defender was booked before Loft stepped up to fire low into the left corner to restore the home side's three-goal lead. As Spurs sought to see out the game the gooners kept pushing and Nketiah fired wide while Bola headed wide from a corner. When Nelson lost the ball to Amos, the Arsenal youngster took him out to earn a booking in added time.

This was a good win as Spurs started slowly and got better to deservedly win by three clear goals. They could have had more but did keep the pressure on as the fans expect against Arsenal. The win moved Spurs up to second on goal difference from Villa. They cannot catch Chelsea who they meet on Saturday (at Cobham) but a win before the League Cup final would be a bonus as they lost their home match 4-2.

Ray

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