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Spurs U-18s v Southampton U-18s, 22.09.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier Academy League, Group 2
    Spurs Training ground, Hotspur Way, Enfield
        Saturday 22nd September 2012, Noon.

          SPURS       v    SOUTHAMPTON
       (All White)          (All Red)
          4-3-3               4-5-1

           2(0)                2(2) 

          Luke McGee  1  Chris Johns
        Alex McQueen  2  Tom Leggett
        Samuel Smith  3  Fraser Colmer 
       Laste Dombaxe  4  Dominic Gape(C)
        Dominic Ball  5  Jason McCarthy
       Conor Ogilvie  6  Jordan Turnbull
      Kenneth McEvoy  7  Charlie Higgins
      Nabil Bentaleb  8  Jack Flannigan
 Shaquile Coulthirst  9  Ryan Seager
      Darren McQueen 10  Harrison Reed
       Joshua Onomah 11  Omar Rowe

Roman Michael-Percil 12  Bevis Mugabi
         (10)87Mins.     (6)46Mins.
       Liam Priestly 13  James White
         Harry Winks 14  Jake Hesketh
        (11)90+1Mins.    (11)63Mins. 
        Tom Gardiner 15  Will Wood
                         (3)74Mins.
                     16  Edward Cyapoe

Scorers:-
       McEvoy 49         Seager 10
       D. McQueen 67     Flannigan 34

Coach:-
       A. Inglethorpe    J. Dodd
It was a chilly morning warmed up by the time the match kicked off, due to bright sunshine. The game had been listed on the Premier League site as an 11am kick off but we had to wait an hour for the original midday time.

Spurs lined up with Ogilvie and Ball in front of McGee in goal, with Alex McQueen at right back and Smith on the left. Dombaxe anchored the midfield with Bentaleb and Onomah with Darren McQueen up front. Coulthirst started on the right flank and McEvoy on the left but they did switch regularly during the first half before McEvoy stayed on the right for the whole of the second half.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the south end into the sun. Southampton were happy to sit back and frustate Spurs, closing them down in the midfield inducing turnovers and using the pace of Rowe on the left to counter. Spurs passing was below par for much of the half giving the visitors chances up front.

Gape fired wide and Seager had a chance that was deflected for a corner. From the corner Spurs broke out through Ogilvie who ran half the length of the pitch before playing Coulthirst in on the left for a chance that Johns saved. Southampton took the lead when Ball dwelt on the ball and was robbed by Seager who went into the area and beat McGee.

McEvoy went down the left and drove the ball into the arms of Johns. Reed drew a save from McGee before Bentaleb played the ball inside the full back for Alex McQueen to run onto, but he fired into the side netting. Seager fired wide before Flannigan played in Gape free on the left but McGee saved. Flannigan intercepted a square ball in the centre circle and drove forward wrong footing the defence before moving to his left and driving the ball across the keeper into the net to increase Southampton's lead.

Spurs responded with Ogilvie playing McEvoy in down the left. The winger came inside to fire in a shot that the keeper saved. Rowe got behind the defence to put in a dangerous cross to the far post where Reed was flagged off side. Coulthirst had a run and shot that flew over.

The visitors made one change for the start of the second half while Spurs looked to get the ball forward quicker from the back. Onomah had an early chance that he chipped over the bar. Spurs had a number of efforts blocked from a corner including one on the line. With confidence rising Ogilvie carried the ball into the visitors' half and worked his way to the left wing, putting in a cross that McEvoy chested over the line to reduce the arrears.

Bentaleb sent Coulthirst away on the left to whip in a shot that struck the near post and then fell into the arms of the keeper. Spurs were now putting Southampton under pressure forcing their defence back into the area. Coulthirst played in Ball whose effort struck the crossbar.

McEvoy saw his drive half saved by Johns with the ball being cleared off the line at the far post. Smith fired over before taking a throw-in to Coulthirst who drove wide. Onomah released McEvoy down the right to get behind the defence and put in a low cross that Darren McQueen turned in for the equaliser.

McEvoy put in a cross which Coulthirst turned wide. Coulthirst made a run into the area but his effort was blocked for a corner. Shaq had another chance straight afterwards which was cleared off the line. Dombaxe took a free kick that drifted wide of the left post. A corner was worked to Onomah on the corner of the area but he fired well over.

Inglethorpe made two changes as Spurs pushed for a winner with Michael-Percil replacing Darren McQueen up front and Winks coming on for Onomah. The group leaders held out for a point that keeps them on top of the group.

Spurs started the game slowly making many mistakes with poor passing that allowed the visitors to take a two goal lead, before we turned it around with some good attacking football. In the end, we were unlucky not to win it. The "Saints" danger-man was Rowe in the first half, but he did nothing in the second and was replaced so they could strenghten their defence, because Spurs dominated the second.

Onomah and Bentaleb controlled things in the middle and McEvoy provided the crosses from the right. Even Ball and Ogilvie added to the attack.

Next week the U-18's go to Aston Villa for a midday kick-off. Villa played Sunderland today, but I do not know the result. Newcastle were thrashed 7-1 at home to Manchester United. Spurs U-21s will play Southampton U-21 on Monday evening at the "Saints'" training ground.

Ray

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