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Premier U-18 League Cup, Group E
Little Heath, Romford, Essex
Saturday 28th September 2019, 11am
WEST HAM v SPURS
Daniel Jinadu 1 Joshua Oluwayemi
Will Greenidge 2 Kallum Cesay
Sam Caiger 3 Jordan Hackett
Iliola Adebayo(C) 4 Max Robson
Sam Nsumbu 5 Marges Muir
Josh Okotcha 6 Malachi Walcott(C)
Dan Chesters 7 Enock Asante
Jake Giddings 8 Chay Cooper
Gael Kileba 9 Dane Scarlett
Stan Flaherty 10 Rafferty Pedder
Amadou Diallo 11 Tarrelle Whittaker
Brandon Thomas 12 Romaine Mundle
Josh Roach 13 Timothee Lo-Tutala
Seb Nebyla 14 Yago Alonso
Lennon Peake 15 Dermi Lusala
Christian Veliky 16
Caiger 34 Asante 49
Giddings 89(Foul) Robson 78(Foul)
Kevin Keen Matthew Taylor
Spurs travelled to Little Heath for the first group match of the U-18 Premier League Cup on an overcast and windy morning where the rain thankfully held off. In the group stage each team play each other once either at home or away. Spurs will play Stoke City at home and Newcastle away after this away game at East London rivals West Ham. Spurs played West Ham at Hotspur Way two weeks ago when they lost 3-2. Most of the"Hammers" side played today while Spurs have had to make changes due to other matches.
Spurs lined up with Oluwayemi in goal, having been on the bench at Brighton the previous evening. He was behind Muir and Walcott with Cesay at right back and youngster Hackett, making his first start, on the left. Robson anchored the midfield with Cooper and Pedder ahead of him. They were flanked by Asante on the right and Whittaker on the left with Scarlett up front.
Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the West end. Both sides like to pass the ball and press the opposition. Spurs had an early chance when Jinadu saved from Asante. Pedder won a corner when Jinadu pushed his effort round the post. Chesters fired over before Diallo drew a save. The hosts took the lead when Caiger found himself clear through on the left and advanced before hitting a fierce effort into the far corner. That took the "Hammers" into the break with a 1-0 lead and looking good.
There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Spurs draw level quickly. Asante got on the end of a good cross by Cooper to net at the far post.
Unfortunately West Ham came back and scored at a corner when Adebayo arrived late to score with a low drive.
Cesay blocked a chance from Flaherty when played in by Greenidge and the same player drew a save from Oluwayemi when set up by Diallo. Spurs replaced Hackett with the more experienced Lusala and later sent on wideman Mundle for Walcott as they tried to get back on level terms.
Scarlett had two chances. The first was over the bar, while the second was an overhead kick that was saved by Jinadu. Between those two opportunities Spurs took off Oluwayemi for Lo-Tutala in goal. Robson picked up the first booking of the game when he was late in a tackle. He was followed by Flaherty for a foul on Pedder. Lo-Tutala had one save to make which was in the last minute when he dived full length to turn away an effort by Veliky.
The defeat leaves Spurs bottom of the group as Stoke beat Newcastle 3-2 in the other group match. Spurs play Stoke next at Hotspur Way on the 26th October before having to make the long trek to Newcastle. At least the U-16's beat West Ham 1-0 in their Cup match as the U-16 competition shadows the U-18's in the group stage.
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