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Premier U-18 League, South 2019-20
Landore Training Centre, Swansea
Saturday 31st August 2019, 11am
SWANSEA v SPURS
(All White) (All Blue)
Lewis Webb 1 Kacper Kurylowicz
Panashe Makokowe 2 Kallum Cesay
Jacob Jones 3 Dermi Lusala
Erick Kenko 4 Michael Craig
Ben Erickson 5 Matthew Craig
Scot Butler 6 Luis Binks(C)
William Rickard 7 Chay Cooper
Ryan Bevan(C) 8 Max Robson
Ali Al-Hamadi 9 Kion Etete
Adnaan Moti 10 Rafferty Pedder
Bradley Gibbings 11 Tarrelle Whittaker
Luke Motruk 12 Enock Asante
Tyler Evans 13 Thimothee Lo-Tutala
Morgan Clarke 14 Romaine Mundle
Luke McKendry 15 Marques Muir
Conor Shields 16
Etete 60 (pen)
Butler 70 (o.g.)
Matthrew Craig 51(Late)
Anthony Wright Matthew Taylor
Referee:– James Cox
Assistants:– Graham Pugh & Haydyn Lavender
Spurs travelled to South Wales on a rainy morning looking to build on last week's first win of the season against Norwich while Swansea drew 3-3 at Villa. Last season Spurs won 5-1 after conceding in the first minute. That match produced six bookings which saw Rickard sent off before J'Neil Bennett completed his hat trick. On this occasion it was annoying that the U-16's were playing on the next pitch which meant that if I lost sight of the ball I found myself picking up the play on the other pitch.
Spurs lined up with Kurylowicz in goal behind Matthew Craig and Binks with Cesay at right back and Lusala on the left. Michael Craig anchored the midfield with Robson and Pedder ahead of him. They were flanked by Cooper on the right and Whittaker on the left in support of Etete up front. There was a short bench with keeper Lo-Tutala playing for the U-16 side in the first half.
Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end but found a well organised Swansea defence in their way. While defending in depth they still broke forward to threaten the Spurs goal. Ali-Hamadi fired wide before drawing a save from Kurylowicz at his near post winning a corner. From the corner Butler headed wide. Moti fired over before Spurs had an effort over the bar by Pedder. Spurs second chance was a header by Etete from a cross by Cooper before the break which showed how well the home defence dominated.
There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw an early break by the "Swans". Ali-Hamadi had the ball in the net, but the "goal" was disallowed. Before the home side could recover, Spurs attacked down the left with Etete squaring for Cooper at the far post to score.
Matthew Craig was booked stopping another break by Rickard before Spurs got a second. When a corner was not cleared Whittaker got into the area on the left and was brought down by Ali-Hamadi. Etete stepped up to beat Webb from the spot to the keeper's right.
Pedder played in Etete to draw a save winning a corner. Swansea now had to come out of their defensive shell making changes with Spurs replacing Etete up front with Asante. Spurs were now able to get forward with their passing play and Cooper had an effort blocked for a corner. Cooper and Cesay combined on the right before the full back put in a cross for Robson to strike. The ball was deflected off Butler into the net for 3-0.
With the game won, Spurs made their other two changes with Mundle replacing Whittaker and Muir on for Robson. Webb saved from Lusala before Gibbings drew a save from Kurylowicz. Asante had an effort saved and was unlucky to see another effort cleared off the line by Butler after he had robbed Webb. Asante headed over from a ball by Mundle before he finally got his goal. It came after Rickard had fired over for the home side. Asante headed home from a centre by Muir in the last minute for a 4-0 win.
Spurs had plenty of possession throughout the game but Swansea defended very well in the first half. Once Spurs went in front and got the penalty the hosts had to change which opened the game up to Spurs' advantage. Spurs go into a busy September in fourth place with the next game being West Ham at home after the international break.
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