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Spurs U-18s v West Brom U-18s, 25.01.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier U-18 League 2013-4, Southern Group 
            Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
           Saturday 25th January 2014, 12 noon

               SPURS      v     WEST BROM
            (White/Blue)       (Black/Red)
               4-3-3              4-5-1

                2(0)               2(2) 

              Luke McGee  1  Alex Palmer
      Kane Vincent-Young  2  Shaun Donnellan
          Connor Ogilvie  3  Reiss Greenage
             Harry Winks  4  George Cleet
  Cameron Carter-Vickers  5  Kyle Howkins
        Filip Lesniak(C)  6  Callum Jones
         Emmanuel Sonupe  7  Joe Ward
           Joshua Onomah  8  Jonathon Leko(C)
       Daniel Akindayini  9  Ged Oldnall
          William Miller 10  Andre Wright
            Nathan Oduwa 11  Samir Nabi

        Joseph Pritchard 12  Josh Ezemele
               (9)80Mins
              Harry Voss 13  Ethan Ross 
        Anthony Georgiou 14  Reiss Hedderburn
              (11)55Mins     (7)46Mins
      Kyle Walker-Peters 15  Jose Huertas Ortiz
               (7)71Mins     (11)59Mins
                         16  Tauron Campbell
                             (9)58Mins

Scorers:- 
         Georgiou 62, 85     Leko 14
                             Nabi 44 

Booked:-   
                             Greenage 90+4(Time) 

Coach:- 
         J. McDermott        J. Shan

Ref: J. Bloxham
Georgiou claims a brace. Spurs save a point

It was a bright chilly morning for Spurs' first game of the year following last week's postponed game at Chelsea. Todays opponents sit just off the bottom of the group having lost their last game 3-0 to Southampton. It should have been an easy match to get back into the League but the Midlanders had other ideas.

Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Lesniak with Campbell-Young at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Winks anchored the midfield with Onomah and Miller while Akindayini led the line with Sonupe on the right flank and Oduwa on the left.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end but soon found that their opponents were not going to be a push-over. The "Baggies'" midfield closed down quickly being very hands-on while the back four defended their area well. Spurs found it difficult to pass their way through and the wingers were not allowed to get behind the defence.

Onomah set Winks up for an early shot that flew wide and Ogilvie crossed for Akindayini to head wide. The striker was also off target from an Onomah cross. Winks had another drive deflected wide for a corner in the fifth minute. The visitors broke out and Oldnall found Leko at the near post but he mis-kicked.

Winks played in Carter-Vickers for an effort that went wide for a corner which was only half cleared, allowing Miller to draw a save from Palmer. Onomah was the next player to see his effort saved before the visitors scored. Cleet tackled Winks from behind and as Spurs stopped expecting a free kick the visitors played on getting the ball into the area where Leko drove low past McGee.

Spurs continued to keep the pressure on the West Brom defence with Ogilvie driving wide for a corner. Oduwa came inside but saw the keeper push his dipping volley over the bar, Sonupe got past Greenage to cross for Akindayini to draw a save from the keeper for a corner. Sonupe fired wide before Ward shot over from a counter.

Sonupe drove wide and Miller had an effort saved before West Brom increased their lead. The visitors broke down the left and when Nabi cut inside he curled the ball into the far side of the goal giving McGee no chance. Amazingly Spurs went in at half-time two goals down.

The visitors made one change for the second half and tried to catch Spurs out with a strong run and shot by Nabi that was wide. Ogilvie hit a free kick well over from the right and Palmer saved from Sonupe before Spurs made their first change replacing Oduwa with Georgiou on the left.

Palmer saved from Akindayini before Oldnall was replaced by Campbell who had an effort fly wide before Spurs pulled a goal back. Georgiou ran onto a ball from Miller and fired his effort in at the near post.

Spurs pushed forward for another which left them light at the back and that allowed Campbell the chance to fire wide. Walker-Peters replaced Sonupe on the right providing fresh legs for the push. Akindayini fired wide and Onomah saw his volley from the edge of the area saved by Palmer. Onomah got into the area but Palmer saved again and also saved the follow up by Walker-Peters at the near post with the ball going across the face of the goal to Ogilvie coming in at the far post to turn it in. The linesman flag went up for off-side to stiffle the celebrations.

Spurs' last throw of the dice was to replace Akindayini with Pritchard. A foul on Georgiou saw Winks take a free kick on the left which Onomah turned onto the left post with a high foot. A West Brom player went to ground claiming he had been caught in the face by Joshua's boot but the ref told him to get on with the game. Pressure finally told when Campbell-Young picked up a half clearance and crossed to the far post where Georgiou fired in. It looked to me as if Pritchard who was in front of the keeper got a touch but the winger claimed both goals.

Having brought all their players back into their own half to defend their lead, resulting in all bar McGee being in the visitors' half for periods, the "Baggies" came out looking for a winner, so that the game became more end to end as both sides went for a winner. Campbell fired over before crossing for Wright to drive over. Walker-Peters saw his drive saved and Georgiou got down the left to draw a save from Palmer at the near post. Greenage was booked for kicking the ball away after he conceded a free kick in the dying minutes.

For all the superiority that Spurs showed they could have lost this game as they try to get back into the chase to win the group. Spurs continued to try passing their way through a tight defence who were clinging to their shirt tails and throwing themselves in front of shots. Spurs should have had a penalty when Georgiou was pulled back by Jones as the defender was beaten.

Fulham and West Ham increased their lead over Chelsea and Spurs with wins today. Fulham beat Reading 2-1 and the "Hammers" beat Chelsea 2-0. The Academy's next game is the Youth Cup tie against high flying Fulham on Thursday evening. The game is being held at Dagenham and Redbridge's Victoria Road ground.

Ray

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