Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.
FA Youth Cup, Round 3, 2017-18
Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 2pm
SPURS v PRESTON N.E.
(White/Blue) (All Yellow)
Jonathan De Bie(C) 1 James Cottam
Tariq Hinds 2 Lewis Fensome(C)
Jamie Reynolds 3 Kamol Campbell
Oliver Skipp 4 Jack Baxter
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster 5 Tom Stead
Timothy Eyoma 6 Charlie Lyons
Rodel Richards 7 Kian Smart
Paris Maghoma 8 Oscar O'Neil
Reo Griffiths 9 Harry Garstang
Phoenix Patterson 10 Adam O'Reilly
J'neil Lloyd-Bennett 11 Michael Howard
Dilan Markanday 12 Jack Armer
Joshua Oluwayemi 13 Callum Lenton
Jamie Bowden 14 Alex Wood
Jonathan Dinzeyi 15 Ethan Walker
Armando Shashoua 16 Darren Brannigan
Richards 39, 64, 85
Scott Parker Nick Harrison
Referee:– I. Gelov
Assistants:– F. Hallam & K. Woods
Fourth Official:– P. Yates
It was a cold afternoon with the game switched from Stevenage to the training ground where the first team's training pitch was used. This meant spectators had to go through the security gate separating the Academy from the first team. Last season Preston beat Everton on the way to the quarter-finals losing to Stoke while Spurs went one step further making the semi-final losing heavily to Chelsea. Preston are having a good season so far only losing three games all season and in three cup competitions.
Spurs were unchanged from Saturdays 4-4 draw with Chelsea. De Bie was 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 them flanked by Richards on the right and Lloyd-Bennett on the left in support of Griffiths up front. Markanday and Dinzeyi returning from injuries were the only changes on the bench.
Spurs defended the North end in the first half which began with both sides jockeying for control. Spurs settled into their passing game while the visitors worked hard to close down and win the ball. Preston had the first chance from a free kick by Howard that was hit over the goal. Spurs took the lead when Lloyd-Bennett got down the left and pulled the ball back for Maghoma to fire into the top right-hand corner.
Preston responded with Garstang playing in Howard to draw a save from De Bie. De Bie saved from O'Neil before Richards hit an effort across the goalmouth. Maghoma picked up the ball in the centre circle and advanced to hit the crossbar with a rising shot. Cottam saved from Richards before the Spurs man turned in Griffiths' centre at the near post to double the lead. Just before the break Skipp played in Griffiths to draw a save.
There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw De Bie save from Baxter early on. Patterson - coming in from the right - drew a save, before being on hand to collect a loose ball from a challenge on Griffiths to drill in number three for Spurs.
Preston made a double change in an attempt to get back into the game. Howard fired another free kick over before Lyons was booked for a foul on Maghoma. Richards got his second and Spurs' fourth turning in Lloyd-Bennett's cross from what looked like on the line. Spurs made their first change with Markanday replacing Patterson on the right flank allowing Richards to move inside.
Dinzeyi was next on replacing Hinds, going into the centre of the back line with Lyons-Foster moving to right back. O'Reilly won a corner with his effort saved by De Bie as Spurs sought to see out the game. Markanday played in Richards to complete his hat-trick with Spurs' fifth goal. Bowden replaced Skipp as the midfield anchor and Markanday came inside to draw a save from Cottam in added time.
This was a good performance from Spurs which saw Richards score his second hat-trick this month. Since losing 6-0 at Arsenal Spurs have scored 13 goals in three games conceding 5. Preston were not blown away today as they competed but Spurs were a level above them. Lloyd-Bennett provided two assists, one of which could have gone in if Richards had not intervened and was eager for the ball on his flank. Skipp also had a good game getting forward and providing some lovely passes.
Spurs travel to Bournemouth (who beat Hull 3-0) in the fourth round sometime in January. I believe Spurs will be going to Dubai sometime over the Christmas break before the league resumes with a home fixture against Leicester City on the 5th January.
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