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Spurs U-18s v Chelsea U-18s, 09.12.17
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

      Premier U-18 League Southern League 2017-18
          Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
          Saturday 9th December 2017, 11am

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

                4(3)             4(1)

     Jonathan De Bie(C)  1   Nicolas Tie
         Tariq Hinds     2   Marcel Lavinier
      Jamie Reynolds     3   Marc Guehi
        Oliver Skipp     4   Jonathan Panzo
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster    5   Juan Castillo
        Timothy Eyoma    6   Conor Gallagher(C)
       Rodel Richards    7   Tariq Lamptey
        Paris Maghoma    8   Billy Gilmour
        Reo Griffiths    9   Daishawn Redan
    Phoenix Patterson   10   George McEachran
 J'neil Lloyd-Bennett   11   Charlie Brown

         Rayan Clarke   12   Jack Wakely
     Joshua Oluwayemi   13   Karlo Ziger
         Jamie Bowden   14   Tariq Uwakwe
           (10)89Mins        (4)46Mins
         Enoch Asante   15   Faustino Anjorin
     Armando Shashoua   16   Clinton Mola

 Griffiths 17(pen), 53   Redan 32
 Eyoma 25                       Gallagher 49(pen), 85(pen), 89
 Guehi 37 (o.g)

Richards 90+2(Retaliation)    Gilmour 50(Foul)
                              Uwakwe 72(Foul)

         Scott Parker        Jody Morris

Referee: Michael Smith
Assistants: Andrew Hickman & Christopher Fernandes

It was a cold morning with the low sun over the South end for the visit of league leaders Chelsea. The "Blues" came with only one defeat in ten in the league and victory over Newcastle last week in the Cup. Spurs also had a good win in the cup last week beating Aston Villa 4-1. Last season's corresponding game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Eyoma and Lyons-Foster with Hinds at right back and Reynolds on the left. Skipp anchored the midfield with Maghoma and Patterson ahead of him flanked by Richards on the right and Lloyd-Bennett on the left in support of Griffiths up front. Chelsea included four of their U-17 World Cup winners in their side.

Spurs defended the South end in the first half which saw both sides playing open football. Gallagher had an early effort over the bar before Richards drew the first save of the game. Richards then played in Griffiths for a chance that was saved by Tie with Patterson following up with an effort which was blocked. Spurs won a penalty when Lavenier fouled Griffiths on the left of the goal. The striker got up and took the kick himself scoring in the left corner to put the home side in front.

Gilmour drew a save from De Bie from a half-cleared corner. Castillo hit a free kick over the bar before Spurs got a second goal. This came from a Patterson corner on the left which was headed home by Eyoma making a late run .

Gallagher fired wide before a lovely ball from Skipp put Griffiths through to draw the keeper but his effort was cleared off the line by Guehi as he was on the ground - it did not look like his chest steered it away. Redan ran onto a long ball from Castillo to beat De Bie and score to make it 2-1 and get Chelsea back in the game which gave them a lift. That did not last long as Reynolds sent Lloyd-Bennett away down the left and he whipped in a cross that was headed into his own net by Guehi to restore Spurs' two goal lead into the break.

Chelsea made one change for the start of the second half adding an extra midfield player and going to three at the back. This put pressure on the Spurs defence and Chelsea won a soft penalty when Eyoma was adjudged to have pushed Brown over in the area. Gallagher scored high to the keeper's left.

Pressing high meant that the visitors had to make sure they covered any breaks and when Lloyd-Bennett got the ball he was hacked down by Gilmour who went into the ref's book. Luckily the young wideman was okay. Griffiths got his second and Spurs' fourth goal when working with Richards on the edge of the area before drilling in low into the left corner.

Maghoma drew a save from his long range effort before Gilmour forced De Bie into a save at the other end. Redan headed over from Castillo's cross and had another effort saved as did Brown. Griffiths was caught late from behind by Gallagher and had to go off when he did not recover. He was replaced by Shashoua with Richards going up front but the loss of Griffiths meant that Spurs began to drop deeper as Chelsea applied more pressure.

Maghoma fired wide before Uwakwe was booked for a foul on Patterson from behind. Lavenier headed wide and McEachlan fired wide before Chelsea won another penalty. As Reynolds was in the act of kicking clear Lamptey threw himself in the way. He did this a couple of times more but on this occasion the referee gave the penalty. Gallagher took the kick, this time hitting it low to the left. To bring the score back to 4-3. The visitors went all out for an equaliser with Gilmour hitting a free kick wide for a corner and then in a scramble in the area Gallagher got the final touch to bring his side level.

Spurs took off Patterson for Bowden to strengthen the defence for the final minutes. Richards was booked after he was fouled and he reacted by raising a fist. Luckily the Chelsea player did not fall down clutching his face as it could have been worse. In the last minute Maghoma took a free kick that was just wide of the far post.

Spurs failed to inflict a second defeat on the league leaders having taken a well deserved lead in the first half. Chelsea re-organised in the second and got on top with Spurs hanging on for the draw at the end. Whether they would have got that draw without the two penalties is a moot point as Chelsea had raised their game in the second half. Spurs did not react to the change quickly enough as I think Bowden should have come on earlier than he did to counter the extra man Chelsea had in midfield. The loss of Griffiths was also a blow as he was an outlet when Spurs were under pressure.

Next week Spurs will begin their FA Youth Cup campaign with the visit of Preston North End to Stevenage on the Tuesday before the Christmas break. The next league game will be on the 6th January when Leicester City visit Hotspur Way. I do not know if there will be any tournaments over that period as in previous years when they have gone to Florida and the Far East.


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