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F.A.Premier Academy League U-17, Group D,
Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
Saturday 21st September 2002, 12am k.o.
SPURS V LEICESTER CITY
Nicholas Eyre 1 Conrad Logan
Philip Ifil 2 S. Grant
Gareth Jenkins 3 R. Stearman
David Hicks 4 Stephen Dawson(C)
Andrew Hodges 5 Colin O'Shea
Joe Watson 6 Connor McAnallen
Charlie Lee 7 Danny McAlea
Kieran McKenna 8 T. Petrew
Michael Malcolm 9 Chris O'Grady
Owen Price 10 Aaron Butcher
Tom Welch 11 Levi Porter
Andrew Barcham 12 S. Musgrove
(7)63 (11)89 Mins.
Tom Forcast 13
Liam Francis 14 L. Dewas
(4)63Mins. (8)89 Mins.
Charlie Daniels 15 P. Ashton
(3)75Min (10)89 Mins.
Danny Jones 16
Scorers - Malcolm 12, Butcher 29, 55, Porter 68, O'Grady 75
Booked - Hodges 49 late.
A warm morning which was a little cool due to overcast
condictions saw around fifty watch the new youth intake take on the
Foxes. This was my first look at the junior side who up to today had played
four games winning one and drawing twice, the same as the visitors. Jimmy
Neighbours' side lined up with Watson and Hodges at the back flanked by
Ifil on the right and Jenkins on the left. The midfield had Hicks and
McKenna in the centre, Lee on the right and Welch on the left. The highly
rated Price partnered Malcolm up front, these two being the only ones I saw
last season in a U-17 game.
City kicked off attacking the south end to our left and
had the first chances in the seventh minute when first O'Grady's volley and
then Porter's follow-up were blocked. Spurs then began to dominate the game
as Ifil spent more time in midfield attacking than defending and Malcolm
did a good job in leading the line showing good vision laying balls off for
teammates and looking for space. Price made some good runs and liked to
take on defenders even when a white shirt was open.
It was good work by
Ifil and Price down the right that produced the centre for Malcolm to turn
in for the opening goal. Spurs continued to play the better football for
the rest of the half showing good approach play without the rewards.
Malcolm went close on a couple of occasions as did Price. It was a suprise
when Leicester equalised as dispite the good work that O'Grady did
throughout the game they did not look dangerous in the first half. O'Grady
picked up a loose ball and played it to the far post where I think it was
Butcher's shot that was half blocked by Jenkins allowing the ball to slowly
roll past the wrongfooted Eyre.
This spurred on the home side and I think
that they tried too hard looking for a second goal that the final ball was
missing. It looked good for the second half but the visitors had other
ideas as it was a complete turnaround, their passing was better and the
tackling harder as they took the initative and the game to the home side.
They dominated the game and left the opposition chasing shadows.
the lead from a corner when Butcher climbed highest to loop his header over
Eyre into the top of the net. Neighbour made a double substitution in an
attempt to get back into it, bringing on Barcham and Francis for Hicks and
the limping Lee. Francis went to left back pushing Jenkins into midfield
and Barcham played alongside Malcolm allowing Price to drop back more on
The Foxes adjusted to the changes quicker than the home side and
apart from a couple of runs by Price closed down the midfield. The visitors
went further ahead when Grant broke down the right and crossed for Porter
coming round the back to score low to the keepers right. With a fifteen
minutes left O'Grady got his reward for his good display when he cut inside
Hodge and beat Eyre with a cross shot from the right. The game finished
without further score thankfully.
This is the point where boy prodigies become footballers,
where the skillful schoolboys learn to be football players. I watched a
game where in the first half the skills of the Spurs boys stood out and a
second half where the teamwork of footballers won the game. The Spurs team
without doubt contains good skillful players who need to be moulded into a
team where individual skills complement the team work of the rest. Not to
go for goal when there is a better option, supporting others when under
pressure and bringing others into play to increase the pressure on your
opponent. This is something that our boys have to learn and add to their
They have a fortnight to improve before their next match away to
Watford. I will be at Spurs lodge to see the U-19's play Watford.
passing I was looking through the results for the youth leagues in which
Arsenal top both U-19 and U-17 in our group, I noticed that the Newcastle
U-19 played twice the previous week - home to Liverpool winning 7-1 and
away to Manchester United winning 7-3, something to watch out for in the
© Ray Lo
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