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Fulham U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 14.11.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


           Premier U-18 League Southern group 2015-16
              Fulham Training Ground, Motspur Park.
               Saturday 14th November 2015, 11am.

                  FULHAM      v      SPURS
               (White/Black)      (All Purple)
                  4-2-3-1           4-2-3-1

                   5(4)               3(1)

         Taye Ashley-Hammond  1 Alfie Whiteman
               Marlon Fossey  2 Japhet Tangana
              Ryan Sessegnon  3 Jaden Brown
              Elijah Adebayo  4 George Marsh
                Jerome Opoku  5 Christian Maghoma(C)
                 Foday Nabay  6 Jonathan Dinzeyi
           Lucas De La Torre  7 Samuel Shashoua
             Dennis Adeniran  8 Zenon Stylianides
                 Josh Walker  9 Ryan Loft
            Stephen Humphrys 10 Dylan Duncan
          Mikki Kwietniewski 11 Keanan Bennetts

                Morritz Jens 12 Charlie Hayford
                   (4)66Mins
                Josh Lukwata 13 Brandon Austin
               Anthony Dolan 14 Marcus Edwards
                   (8)81Mins    (2)57Mins
                             15 Jack Roles
                                (8)49Mins
                Isaac Pearce 16 Kazaiah Sterling
                   (9)81Mins    (11)57Mins

Scorers:-
          Adeniran 3, 19, 25    Bennetts 10
          Humphrys 39, 75       Maghoma 65
                                Edwards 90+2

Booked:-
                                Brown 90(Holding)

Coaches:-
          S. Wigley             N. Gibbs

Referee: C. Kissi
Assistants:- M. Reilly & M. Kapadia

Spurs travelled to Motspur Park on a rainy morning to play Fulham. The Whites were looking to build on their 6-1 demolition of Leicester last week while Spurs narrowly beat West Ham 2-1. Last year Spurs won 3-2 having gone behind to an early goal by former schoolboy Josh Walker. Goals from Georgiou, Loft and Daly put them in command before Walker got a late second. Walker was on the score-sheet earlier in the season when Fulham beat Spurs 3-0 at Hotspur Way with their other goals coming from Thorsteinsson and Humphrys.

Spurs lined up with Whiteman in goal behind Maghoma and Dinzeyi with Tangana at right back and Brown on the left. Marsh was the defensive midfielder with Stylianides alongside him while Duncan was ahead of them flanked by Shashoua on the right and Bennetts on the left. Owens and Paul were away with Northern Ireland but Spurs did have Edwards and Sterling on the bench.

Spurs defended the West end in the first half which saw Fulham get off to another good start scoring early. A free kick on the right was headed back by Humphrys at the far post for Adenisan to turn in. Fulham pressed high and played balls over the defence for quick runners such as when Humphrys got in on the right but fired over. Nabay chipped the ball in from the edge of the area for Walker who headed over.

Spurs drew level from a corner when Shashoua found Duncan at the back of the area and his ball in was turned in by Bennetts at the far post. A ball over the top for Walker was pushed wide by Whiteman only for De La Torre to recover and pull it back for Adenisan to run on to and drive low into the net for his second. Adenisan completed his hat trick when the ball was played back to him from a corner and he scored with a dipping volley from 25 yards that went in off the underside of the bar.

Fulham continued to dominate the first half with Walker having a couple of chances, the first flew over while Whiteman was out to block the second. Walker had another effort blocked that ran to Humphrys following up who scored their fourth, Whiteman had to save twice from De La Torre and also from Nabay before the break.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Fulham continue where they left off with Walker firing across goal from the left and Humphrys from the right followed by Walker shooting wide again. Stylianides was replaced by Roles who took up a more attacking position.

Whiteman saved from Kwietniewski for a corner and Humphrys saw his effort deflected wide. From that corner Adenisan saw his back heel cleared off the line. Spurs then made a double substitution with Sterling replacing Bennetts and Edwards coming on for Tangana. The changes saw Spurs get more into the game but not before Whiteman had to make saves from Adenisan and Humphrys twice.

Roles found Loft on the edge of the area where he was fouled as he was about to shoot. He recovered quickly to fire into the left corner of the goal. The celebrations were cut short as the referee awarded a free kick for the foul just outside the area which of course came to nothing. We are so used to seeing refs play advantage before giving a free kick that this was a surprise. The ball came back off the wall and Spurs worked it down the left with Shashoua finally dribbling into the area and putting his cross into the six yard box for Maghoma to head home Spurs second goal.

The game became end to end with Spurs pushing for another goal which saw them caught out at the back when Humphrys won the ball and was able to advance and fire low past Whiteman for 5-2.

Loft played in Sterling for a chance that was saved by Ashley-Hammond. Walker was not having a good game as he was played in twice but failed to hit the target while Roles saw the keeper save his effort. Whiteman did save from Humphrys before Fulham made their last changes only to see Nabay forced off leaving them with ten men.

Spurs tried to take advantage of the extra man with Sterling firing over from Roles cross. Sterling then played in Roles for a shot that was wide while Roles returned the favour to set up Sterling for a chance that was saved. Brown was booked for pulling back De La Torre when he broke down the right. Humphrys hit a post with a free kick and also brought out another save from Whiteman before Spurs pulled a goal back. Edwards received the ball with his back to goal and turned his man to get into the area and score with a low finish in added time.

Fulham could have matched the goals they scored last week with the number of efforts they had without Whiteman keeping Spurs in the game and with a chance of getting something out of it. If the goal by Loft had stood then they would have only been a goal behind when playing against ten men towards the end of the ninety minutes. Next week Spurs will hope to get back to winning ways when Southampton will be the visitors to Hotspur Way. The "Saints" lost today to Chelsea 7-2 and will be wanting to put that defeat behind them.

Ray

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