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Chelsea U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 29.04.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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                Premier U-18 League
              Southern Group, 2013-4
             Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey
           Tuesday 29th April 2014, 2pm.

              CHELSEA    v     SPURS
            (All Blue)      (White/Blue)
               4-5-1            4-3-3

                2(2)            7(3)

         Jared Thompson  1  Harry Voss
             Josh Grant  2  Channing Campbell-Young 
        George Brady(C)  3  Connor Ogilvie
        Trevoh Chalobah  4  Filip Lesniak
         Richard Nartey  5  Christian Maghoma
           Ruben Sammut  6  Anton Walkes
           Jacob Maddox  7  Nathan Oduwa
            Mukhtar Ali  8  Joshua Onomah
               Ike Ugbo  9  Shayon Harrison
             Kyle Scott 10  Cy Goddard
  Issac Christie-Davies 11  Lloyd Ross

           Faiq Bolkiah 12  Kyle Walker-Peters
              (9)63Mins     (5)46Mins
          Nathan Baxter 13  Liam Priestley
       Harvey St. Clair 14  Harry Winks
             (10)83Mins     (4)63Mins
            Mason Mount 15  Daniel Akindayini
              (5)75Mins     (7)63Mins

Scorers:- 
           Brady 12, 36     Harrison 22, 43, 49, 66
                            Ross 37
                            Onomah 70, 73

Coaches:- 
           J. Edwards       J. McDermott 

Harrison Four and Spurs run riot!

Spurs travelled to Cobham looking for the one point they needed to win the group outright and had the boost of facing a weak Chelsea side. The match had been re-arranged due to Chelsea's involvement in the Youth Cup where they play Fulham over two legs in the final. The first leg was on Monday which was the reason that they fielded a very young side which included U-15 players.

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Maghoma and Walkes with Campbell-Young at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Onomah and Goddard alongside him. Harrison led the line with Oduwa on the right and Ross on the left.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half which saw the home side drop deep and defend, looking for a quick counter or a mistake in the Spurs defence. They attacked from the whistle and Ugbo fired wide in the first minute while Spurs looked to pass their way through the massed defence.

Spurs were a little slow in their build up as they had no natural wingers in the side but Onomah was making strong runs and had Spurs' first effort which went over the bar. Nartley crossed for Christie-Davies to fire wide before they won a corner. The corner was played back and then crossed to Brady at the far post to head in.

Ross played the ball to Lesniak for an effort they was wide before Spurs equalised. Onomah made a run down the left beating four defenders before crossing for Harrison to hit on the turn near the penalty spot. Minutes later, the same combination saw Harrison fire wide.

Onomah drew a save from a free kick before Chelsea went in front again. Brady scored with a powerful header from a corner. The lead only lasted a minute as Onomah played a one-two with Oduwa before a cheeky flick over the defender saw Oduwa get away and cross for Ross to drive into the net. Spurs went in front just before the break when the ball was worked down the left and Ogilvie crossed for Harrison to bag his second.

Spurs made a change for the second half taking off Maghoma for Walker-Peters who went to left back with Ogilvie moving inside. Walker-Peters' introduction gave Spurs the pace they lacked in the first half and put the team in the driving seat.

The "Blues" almost equalised two minutes in when Christie-Davies drove in a low shot. Voss half saved and Walker-Peters cleared off the line. But that was as close as Chelsea were to come as Spurs increased their lead when Campbell-Young made a good run down the right and fed Oduwa who got round the back and crossed for Harrison to complete his hat-trick with a low drive.

Harrison fired wide before he robbed Brady and played in Goddard for a shot which was saved by Thompson who then saved the follow-up by Ross. Oduwa played in Harrison for a chance that he drove wide. Ogilvie got forward to fire over before Spurs made a double change. Winks replaced Lesniak in midfield and Akindayini replaced Oduwa up front as Spurs changed to 4-4-2.

Bolkiah fired wide from distance before Walker-Peters got down the left and played the ball inside for Harrison to rattle the crossbar. Winks picked up the ball on the halfway line and played a pass up to Akindayini on the edge of the area to the left. His pass inside was driven into the far side of the net by Harrison for his fourth goal and Spurs' fifth.

Walker-Peters run down the left to feed Harrison saw the striker play the ball into the advancing Onomah for a sixth goal. Maddox was sent away but Voss saved well for a corner. Another run by Walker-Peters down the left saw him come inside and play in Onomah for his second and Spurs' seventh.

Christie-Davies fired over before Goddard played in Campbell-Young for a chance that was saved. Harrison drew another save from Thompson before another storming run by Walker-Peters saw him caught late after crossing the ball to end his participation. Spurs finished the game with ten men. Spurs played out the rest of the game controlling the ball having just one more chance which Onomah fired wide. Mount had a weak effort saved by Voss before the end.

Spurs took a while to win this game against weak opposition with Onomah's strong runs and Oduwa on the right during the first half causing Chelsea problems. The addition of Walker-Peters on the left in the second half allowed Spurs to steam-roll the home side. Walker-Peters was unstoppable on the left with Chelsea using three defenders at one point trying to stop him and they finally did with a late tackle from behind that ended his game. Harrison is developing into quite a finisher with his four goals all first time efforts.

That win means Fulham cannot catch Spurs so they finish top of the group and will meet Everton in the semi-final play-off. Manchester City will play either West Ham or Fulham in the other game.

Ray

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