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Spurs U-18s v Everton U-18s, 26.04.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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             Premier U-18 League 2013-14,
                   Inter-group
          Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
           Saturday 26th April 2014, 11 am

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

                2(1)             2(2) 

              Harry Voss 1 Russell Griffiths(C)
      Kyle Walker-Peters 2 Arlen Birch
               Luke Amos 3 Callum Connolly
            Anton Walkes 4 James Graham
  Cameron Carter-Vickers 5 Curtis Langton
          Connor Ogilvie 6 Liam Walsh
         Emannuel Sonupe 7 Michael Donohue
          Harry Winks(C) 8 Harry Charsley
          William Miller 9 Delial Brewster
          Joshua Onomah 10 Kieran Dowell
           Nathan Oduwa 11 Calum Dyson

          Filip Lesniak 12 Mateusz Hewelt
              (3)57Mins
          Thomas Glover 13 Spencer Myers
             Cy Goddard 14 Charlie Edge
              (9)71Mins
        Shayon Harrison 15 Tom Davies
              (7)61Mins
                        16 Josep Yarney

Scorers:
       Winks (pen), 43     Brewster 25
    Carter-Vickers, 73     Langton (pen),33 

Booked:
    Amos 55(Foul)          Walsh 59((Foul)
 Ogilvie 90+1(Diving)      Birch 75(Holding)
                           Griffiths 76(Time)
                           Charsley 85(Handball) 

Coach:-
         K. McKenna        K. Sheedy

Ref: D. Cohen

It was a chilly and cloudy morning, with a strong wind blowing from the West. The visitors - Everton - are likely to be here again in the play-offs as they are second in the Northern group and Spurs top of the Southern group. Spurs are not sure of the top spot as Fulham can still pip them. Concidering the travelling Spurs have done recently, they fielded a strong side as did the "Toffees".

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Ogilvie with Walker-Peters at right back and Amos on the left. Walkes anchored the midfield with Onomah and Winks. Miller led the line with Sonupe on the right and Oduwa on the left.

Spurs defended the East end in the first half playing against the wind.

Sonupe, cutting in from the right, had an early effort that was deflected for a corner. Winks played in Oduwa for a strike that was saved for a corner. As the visitors settled, their defence became stronger and their tackling quicker, with more bite. Onomah played in Miller for a shot that was wide. Ogilvie headed against the crossbar from a corner by Winks.

Walsh had the visitors' first effort on twenty minutes which was off target, but was quickly followed by an effort by Brewster from a pass from Dowell that was wide. Connelly headed against the bar attacking a cross at the far post. Voss saved a drive by Charsley but Brewster was first to the loose ball to put the visitors ahead.

Charsley fired over before Winks did the same at the other end. Everton were then awarded the first of three penalties in the match when Amos was adjudged to have held his man at a corner. Langton took the penalty and beat Voss to his left to double the lead.

Everton looked comfortable sitting on their lead, holding Spurs on the eighteen yard line. That was until just before the break. Oduwa got into the area from the right and went down under a challenge by Connelly. There was little contact but the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Sonupe wanted to take the kick but Winks took responsibility and sent the keeper the wrong way scoring to his right. The importance of the game to the players showed as the two skippers confronted each other as Griffiths held onto the ball as Winks wanted to restart the game quickly.The ref had a word with both.

The second half was a bit more open with Donohue making runs down the right which saw Amos booked for a tackle from behind on the winger. Oduwa got down the left and crossed for Miller to draw a save from Griffiths who pushed the ball over the bar for a corner.

Spurs made their first change taking off Amos for Lesniak. Filip took up his usual position with Walkes moving to right back and Walker-Peters switching to the left.

Spurs began to get on top with Oduwa and Walker-Peters combining well on the left which saw Walsh booked for a diving tackle on Oduwa in the left corner. Sonupe was replaced by Harrison who took up a central position with Miller moving to the right.

Birch got round the back to latch onto a long ball but fired wide. Harrison played in Miller who drove wide, before Spurs had to make their last change as Miller looked to have picked up an injury. Ogilvie made a run into the area and was pushed over by Langton to win the third penalty of the game. Lesniak stepped up and hit it to the keepers left, but Griffiths guessed right and saved it. Unfortunately he failed to hold it and in the scramble that followed, Carter-Vickers forced it into the net.

Everton now looked to hold onto the point they had and prevent Spurs from going on to win. Birch was booked for pulling back Onomah as he got away on the right and was followed into the ref's book by Griffiths for time wasting. Onomah fired wide before Charsley was booked for handball as he tried to block a goalmouth clearance at the other end.

Oduwa crossed from the left for Harrison to draw a save from Griffiths and then fired wide himself having been played in by Walker-Peters. Harrison blasted over from another Oduwa centre. Spurs should have got another penalty when Ogilvie ran into the area on the left and was caught by Connolly. It was the clearest of the penalty appeals but the ref booked Ogilvie for diving. The last chance fell to Onomah in added time, but he fired wide.

This was a hard fought point for Spurs against a strong Everton side that was well organised at the back. Spurs looked the stronger over the 90 minutes but Everton had a good spell in the first half. Both sides look strong attacking on the flanks with Oduwa for Spurs and Donohue for the "Toffees" backed up by the full backs. Spurs continued to try and pass their way through the middle led by Onomah but Everton stopped most of it one way or another.

Spurs travel to Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon for a 4pm kick-off and then entertain Southampton at Hotspur Way on Saturday kicking off at noon.



           P   W  D  L   F-A   Pts.

Tottenham 28  18  5  5  69-39   59 
West Ham  30  17  5  8  55-35   56
Fulham    28  15  6  7  62-44   51
Chelsea   30  14  7  9  61-40   49  

Ray

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