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Spurs U-18s v MK Dons U-18s, 07.11.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier Academy League
    Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
 Saturday 7th November 2009, 11.00am

       SPURS      v     MK DONS
   (White/Blue)        (All Red)
       4-4-2             4-4-2

        6(2)              0(0)

     Jamie Butler 1 Ashley Harrison
    Jesse 
    Waller-Lassen 2 Mark Lee
    Zaine
    Francis-Angol 3 Andrew Hall
   Jake Nicholson 4 Martel Powell
     Nathan Byrne 5 Jordan Ivey-Ward
Olumide Durojaiye 6 Jordan Browne
  Ryan Fredericks 7 George Baldock
      Tom Carroll 8 Justin Dowling
    Kudus Oyenuga 9 Igor Coronado
    Harry Kane(C)10 Troy Farden(C)
    Paul McBride 11 Hayden Carter

   Mirko Ranieri 12 Matt Goode
    Chace O'Neil 13 Ahwed Ahmed 
       (4)67Mins.   (9)58Mins.
Paul-Jose MíPoku 14 Ben Walster
                    (2)73Mins.
 Anton Blackwood 15 Stefan Powell
(11)58Mins.
  Alex Pritchard 16 Joel Gyasi
       (7)73Mins.   (11)78Mins.

Coaches:-
  A. Inglethorpe    M. Dove

Scorers:-
Oyenuga 28, 51, 71 
Kane 34(pen), 79
Carroll 60 

Booked:-
                    Browne 66(Late) 

Referee:- Mr. Oldershaw
It was a sunny morning with a slight chill in the air for the visitors from Milton Keynes who prop up the table. Alex Inglethorpe made a few changes for this game with Durojaiye returning from injury and Carroll starting in midfield for the first time. Spurs lined up with Durojaiye partnering Byrne at the back with Waller-Lassen at right back and Francis-Angol on the left. Nicholson and Carroll started in the centre of midfield with Fredericks on the right wing and McBride on the left. Oyenuga led the attack with Kane in support.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and after a short period of play they settled quickest and dominated the game from then on. The visitors actually had the first effort on target which was easily saved by Butler before Spurs put them under pressure when Carroll fired over. Kane drove wide before McBride saw his effort saved. After good work by Fredericks down the right the ball was crossed for Oyenuga to get between two defenders to score low to the keepers right.

Oyenuga almost scored from a corner just after the restart when his header came off the far post. The second goal was not long in coming as Francis-Angol got the ball down the left and was brought down by the keeper as he cut inside in the area. Kane stepped up to score from the spot for the first time in four attempts to increase the lead. Spurs kept the visitors' goalkeeper busy with efforts from Fredericks and Nicholson that required his attention before Fredericks fired wide from a good through ball by Kane. Byrne headed over from a corner before Farden fired over for the visitors.

There were no changes at half time as Spurs picked up from where they left off. Oyenuga was played through, beating the off side and he went round the keeper before slotting home. McBride had been having a quiet game and was replaced by Blackwood who took up the right back position with Waller-Lassen moving to the left wing. Oyenuga got down the left channel and pulled the ball back for Carroll on the edge of the area. With one touch to control the ball Tom fired a powerful volley into the top left corner to increase the lead to four.

After Waller-Lassen had seen his effort saved for a corner it should have been five as Kane was fouled in the area for another penalty. Kudus wanted to take the kick as he was on a hat-trick but Kane over-ruled him. This turned out to be a mistake as Harrison saved his spot kick diving to his right. Browne caught Nicholson late with a challenge that earned him a yellow card from the ref and saw Nicholson having to go off and be replaced by O'Neil.

Inglethorpe re-organised the midfield moving Kane back into Nicholson's position in front of the back four and O'Neil on the right and Fredericks coming inside to support Oyenuga. Oyenuga got down the left channel again but this time cut inside and beat the keeper with a rising shot from a tight angle for his hat-trick. Oyenuga had another effort saved a minute later before Inglethorpe made his last change bringing on Pritchard for his first game at this level. He came on for Fredericks and quickly had a shot that the keeper had to save. The ball was worked down the left and pulled back behind the advancing Kane who turned and with his back to goal struck the ball over his head and watched as it looped over the keeper and into the net for spurs sixth.

Oyenuga had to limp off before the restart and Spurs had to finish the game with ten men. Kane fired over as the home side did not sit back and O'Neil was foiled by the keeper when he was one on one after being played in on the right. For a brief spell the Dons pushed forward in search of a consolation but Ahmed fired wide twice in the space of a minute before Pritchard saw his effort come back off the crossbar as the home side finished strongly.

It was a very one-sided contest and the score line was not a fluke as Spurs continue their good run. Bostock and Parrett did not play today and may be involved in a trial match later for the Chinese player due soon. Pritchard was not fazed for his first appearance and O'Neil also performed well. Hopefully Nicholson is not badly injuried as he has made the defensive midfield(DCM) position his own. Inglethorpe will have to do something about our penalty kicking as we have now missed 6 out of 7 penalties so far this season.

Next week while the first team have a break for Internationals the Academy go to Coventry looking to continue their run with the match starting at 11.30am.

Ray

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