Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
Premier U-18 Southern League 2017-18
Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
Saturday 26th August 2017, 11.30am
SPURS v BRIGHTON & H.A.
Jonathan De Bie(C) 1 Tom McGill(C)
Matthew Lock 2 Hamish Morrison
Tariq Hinds 3 Haydon Roberts
Jamie Bowden 4 Tareq Shihab
Moroyin Omolabi 5 Kipras Kazukolovas
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster 6 Ben Clark-Eden
Dilan Markanday 7 Ryan Longman
Jamie Reynolds 8 Teddy Hoare
Reo Griffiths 9 Danny Cashman
Armande Shashoua 10 Issac Hutchinson
Phoenix Patterson 11 Alex Cochrane
Paris Maghoma 12 Stefan Ljubicic
Joshua Oluwayemi 13 George Bentley
Jeremie Mukendi 14 Charlie Ferguson
Max Statham 15 Tyrese Fornah
Rodel Richards 16 Columbus Ibeh
Omolabi 38(Foul) Hoare 68(Foul)
Scott Parker Mark Beard
Referee:– Isaac Seale
Assistants:– Zoltan Konkoly & Jamie Eacott
It was a bright warm morning for the visit of unbeaten Brighton and Hove Albion to Hotspur Way. Brighton beat Norwich 1-0 away last week while Spurs went down 4-2 at Leicester. Last season Spurs had a comfortable 4-0 win over the "Seagulls" with Lock and Patterson starting that game and Reynolds introduced as a sub.
Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Omolabi and Lyons-Foster with Lock at right back and Hinds on the left. Bowden anchored the midfield with Reynolds and Shashoua ahead of him flanked by Markanday on the right and Patterson on the left in support of Griffiths up front.
Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end and had an early chance when Hinds had a shot saved by McGill followed quickly by Reynolds playing in Griffths for an effort that was also saved. Brighton were looking to play passing football as well and were playing a high line to squeeze the play and put pressure on Spurs. With Spurs also keeping a high line the play was squeezed into the middle third making it very crowded with little space to actually play football.
Kazukolova headed over at the visitors' first corner before Reynolds fired wide at the other end. Griffths drew a save to win a corner from which Omolabi laid the ball back for Bowden to hit wide. Omolabi was booked trying to recover the ball on the edge of the area. From the free kick Hoare struck the far post before it was cleared at the expense of a corner. When the corner was not cleared Longman forced De Bie to save and a minute later the same player fired wide.
Markanday got the better of Roberts to play the ball to Patterson who set up Griffiths but the striker fired wide. Cochrane crossed for Longman to force another save by De Bie right at the end of the half.
Neither side made any changes for the start of the second half which continued in the same way as the first. Markanday put in a cross that Griffths just failed to meet while Cashman put an overhead kick just wide. Another free kick caused trouble in the Spurs area with Cochrane hitting the post at the second attempt. Hoare was booked for a tackle on Reynolds as the midfielder looked as if he had got free. Reynolds could not continue and was replaced by Maghoma who had an effort wide.
Griffiths had a header saved from a Lock cross before Spurs made their second change taking off the striker for Richard. Richard exchanged passes with Patterson but his effort was blocked for a corner. Lock was beginning to get down the right and his pull back for Markanday saw the winger cut inside and curl an effort in that struck the crossbar.
Spurs' last change saw Mukendi replace Patterson. Bowden was booked for kicking the ball away after Maghoma had been penalised for a foul. Going into the last minute De Bie saved Hoare's effort from a corner pushing the ball onto the bar. From the resulting corner Brighton scored when Kazukolova turned the ball back at the far post for Shihab to fire in. With Spurs pushing forward they nearly conceded again when Cashman played in Ibeh but De Bie saved.
This was an even game which could have gone either way but the visitors got the reward for closing the game down preventing Spurs' flowing football and keeping the pressure on for the whole 90 minutes. With little room to manoeuvre neither side were able to string passes together. Spurs were not able to use the width of the pitch until very later in the game as Brighton defended well in those areas. It looked like it was going to be a draw as both sides more or less cancelled each other out so it must have been sickening for the Spurs players to lose at the death.
In two weeks' time Spurs travel to Southampton who lost 2-0 at Fulham. I will be in Liverpool for the Everton game so will miss the U-18s. The next game will be on the 23rd September when Aston Villa will be the visitors at Hotspur Way.
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