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Everton U-21s v Spurs U-21s, 31.08.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier League U-21 International Cup
                  Goodison Park, Everton
                Monday 31st August 2015, 2pm

                EVERTON     v      SPURS
             (Blue/White)       (White/Blue)
                4-4-1-1           4-2-3-1

                  4(2)              1(0)

               Joel Robles  1  Thomas Glover
        Matthew Pennington  2  Kyle Walker-Peters
           Callum Connolly  3  Anthony Georgiou
               Ryan Ledson  4  Luke Amos
            Tyias Browning  5  Filip Lesniak(C)
             Mason Holgate  6  Christian Maghoma
        Joseph Williams(C)  7  Emmanuel Sonupe
               Conor Grant  8  Harry Winks
                 Sam Byrne  9  Shayon Harrison
             Conor McAleny 10  Cy Goddard
              Daniel Henen 11  Joshua Onomah

                Liam Walsh 12  Anton Walkes
                 (4)77Mins     (8)55Mins
            Mateusz Hewelt 13  Harry Voss
            Harry Charsley 14  Zenon Stylianides
               James Yates 15  Charlie Owens
                 (8)87Mins     (10)67Mins
              James Graham 16
           Michael Donohue 17
              Antony Evans 18

           Henen (pen),14      Maghoma 53
           Byrne 45+2, 50
           McAleny 47

           D Unsworth          U. Ehiogu 

Ref: S. Barrow
Assistants:- M. Pearson & G. Rollason
Fourth Official: A. Cawtherley

This is the second year of this competition where there are four groups of four teams that include two continental sides thus making it International, with each side playing each other once. The top two go into the quarter final stage.

Spurs' opening Group B game was away to Everton who they beat three weeks ago at Hotspur Way 4-1. The goals were scored by Pritchard with a brace as well as Oduwa and Coulthirst none of whom were available to play. Alex played on Saturday at White Hart Lane while the other two along with Ogilvie and Ball have gone out on loan. Azzaoui has left the club today as well, going to Wolfsburg. Everton had second choice keeper Robles in as an over-age player who was in the "Toffees" side that beat Barnsley 5-3 after extra time last week in the League Cup. Pennington also made his first team debut in that game.

Spurs lined up with Glover in goal behind Lesniak and Maghoma with Walker-Peters at right back and Georgiou on the left. Winks and Amos defended in front of them, while Goddard was flanked by Sonupe on the right and Onomah on the left, supporting Harrison up front. Spurs travelled with only four subs which reflected the loss of players.

Spurs defended the Park End in the first half which saw the home side play more open football than on the last visit, putting pressure on the Spurs defence. Spurs had the first chance of the game when Amos was played in by Goddard following good work by Georgiou. His drive was deflected for a corner.

Glover was out quickly to block Byrne's effort when he was played through with the striker putting the rebound wide. Glover saved from Connolly before the full back got into the area and was caught by Amos to win a penalty. Henen took the kick going for the right corner but Glover guessed right only to see the ball spin off him the other way and across the line for the opening goal.

Goddard fired wide before McAleny drew a save from Glover who followed that with another from Williams as the home side kept the pressure on. Grant headed on a deep cross for Connolly to fire wide before Robles saved from Sonupe. Connolly drew a save from Glover before Sonupe headed Georgiou's cross wide. In added time Everton got a second when a corner found its way to Byrne at the far post. Glover saved his first shot but the striker scored when the rebound fell kindly for him.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw three goals inside the first ten minutes. First Henen got got to the line and pulled the ball back for McAleny to score and then the winger played in Byrne at the far post who cooly slotted home through the keeper's legs.

Maghoma pulled a goal back with a powerful header at a corner that beat two men on the line. Spurs made a double change with Walkes replacing Winks going to left back allowing Georgiou to move forward. Stylianides replaced Amos in midfield. With these changes Spurs began to get forward more and after Glover saved from Pennington, Walker-Peters drew a good save from Robles winning a corner from which Stylianides fired wide. Onomah played in Sonupe to draw a save from the keeper.

After Glover saved from McAleny Spurs made their last change with Owens replacing Goddard. Holgate headed wide at a corner and Williams fired over from the next as Everton came back strongly towards the end. Spurs had the last chance when Owens low drive hit the far post just before the final whistle.

This was not a great performance from Spurs as they never got their passing game going, with many mis-placed balls. The home side seized their opportunities to counter-attack at pace. Everton, as expected, were strong at the back and quick to get players back in support. They have pace which was used to great effect to get players up field and cause the Spurs defence problems. They did not allow Spurs space in midfield to set up attacks which with poor passing restricted the visitors' chances.

The second game in the group will be against FC Schalke in November at Stevenage when Spurs will need to get a win to give them a chance to proceed to the next stage. Everton have the best chance as all three of their games are at Goodison.


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