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Spurs U-18s v Fulham U-18s, 05.09.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


              Premier U-18 League 2015-16
               Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross
            Saturday 5th September 2015, 11am

                SPURS     v     FULHAM
            ( White/Blue)    (Yellow/Black)
               4-2-3-1          4-4-1-1

                 0(0)             3(1)

        Thomas McDermott  1  Tayo Ashby-Hammond
         Charlie Hayford  2  Marlon Fossey
          Nick Tsaroulla  3  Ryan Sessegnon
     Zenon Stylianides(C) 4  Elijah Adebayo
            George Marsh  5  Jerome Opoku
        Jonathan Dinzeyi  6  Foray Nabay
             Armani Daly  7  Ravi Shamsi
            Dylan Duncan  8  Denis Adeniban
               Ryan Loft  9  Joshua Walker(C)
         Samuel Shashoua 10  Stephan Humphreys
         Keanan Bennetts 11  Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

                         12  Cassin Thomas
                             (7)46Mins
          Brandon Austin 13  Jake Soutter
     Tashan Oakley-Booth 14  Jaypen Harris
               (7)71Mins
            Aramide Oteh 15  Steven Sessegnon
              (11)71Mins
               Nya Kirby 16  Chris Kelly
               (8)63Mins

Scorers:-
                             Walker 14
                             Torsteinsson 71
                             Humphreys 78

Booked:-
       Shashoua 47(Foul)
       Stylianides 79(Foul)

Coach:-
       K. McKenna            S. Wigley

Ref: J. Aldous

It was a cloudly morning for the return to action of the Academy with the visit of Fulham. As we are in the middle of Internationals, players of all ages were away playing for their countries. We did have our U-17's back from a FA tournament. Spurs won their last U-18 game 3-1 away to Southampton while Fulham, led by former young Spur Walker, beat Swansea 2-1.

Spurs lined up with McDermott in goal behind Marsh and debutante Dinzeyi, with Hayford at right back and Tsaroulla on the left. Stylianides and Duncan lined up in front of them while Shashoua played behind Loft with Daly on his right and Bennetts on his left. The bench was all made up of schoolboys.

Spurs kicked off attacking the North end but found that the visitors were uncompromising in defence putting in strong challenges and conceding a lot of free kicks. Hayford fired a free kick over following a foul on Tsaroulla early on. Bennetts crossed for Daly to win a corner from the keeper's save. Loft fired over before a quick counter by Fulham saw Walker played in by Adeniran to score the opening goal.

The play was fought out in midfield with Thorsteinsson firing over from distance before Daly passed inside to Shashoua who played in Bennetts to shoot wide. Stylianides drove wide before Bennetts had a chance when the defenders missed a centre and he missed his header.

A Fulham free kick was headed at the back post by Humphreys back across the goal. The ball was not cleared, allowing Adebayo to fire over. McDermott needed treatment before play continued. Hayford put in a cross which Loft headed wide. The last chance of the half fell to Nabay who fired over from a half cleared corner.

Fulham made one change for the second half which saw Shashoua booked in a midfield tussle with the visitors before Bennetts fired wide. Walker drew a save from McDermott for a corner from which he fired over. Fulham won a penalty when Adenian went down in the area but Walker hit the left post with McDermott going the wrong way.

Nabay fired wide as the visitors began to get on top while Hayford shot over. Thorsteinsson crossed to Humphreys to drive wide before Spurs made their first change replacing Duncan with Kirby. He was quickly into the action getting onto the end of a pass from Hayford but putting the ball wide. Humphreys got clear at the far post but fired into the side netting. Sessegnon got down the right and played in Thorsteinsson to score the visitors' second.

Spurs made a double change before the restart, replacing Bennetts with Oteh, whilst Daly made way for Oakley-Booth. Fulham wrapped up the match when Humphreys got down the left to score inside the near post.

Stylianides got booked when he got frustrated and committed a foul in the right corner as Fulham sought to waste time. Humphreys hit a post from a free kick into the area before Kirby drew a save from Ashby-Hammond for a corner which came to nothing. McDermott saved from Walker for a corner before Humphreys hit a free kick wide. In added time the last chance fell to Kirby who drew a save from Ashby-Hammond.

This was not a great performance from Spurs who faced some tough tackling from a physically imposing side which was a new experience for the younger members of the team. They tried to play football but at this level they needed to move the ball quicker before being closed down. The lads did well and this will be a good experience for them.

The defeat drops Spurs down a place into third. Next week Spurs travel to Bodymoor Heath to play Aston Villa who beat Northwich 2-0 today. Hopefully they will have a stronger squad to choose from.

Ray

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