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Spurs U-18s v Wolves U-18s, 05.04.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier U-18, Intergroup 2013-14
          White Hart Lane, Tottenham
         Saturday 5th April 2014, 11am

            SPURS     v     WOLVES
        (White/Blue)     (All Purple)
            4-4-2            4-5-1

             5(1)             1(0) 

          Harry Voss  1  Harry Burgoyne
        Anton Walkes  2  Ryan Rainey
  Kyle Walker-Peters  3  Anthony Breslin
       Filip Lesniak  4  Declan Weeks(C)
   Christian Maghoma  5  Aaron Hayden
Cameron Carter-Vickers6  Ben O'Hanlon
     Joshua Onomah(C) 7  Regan Upton
          Lloyd Ross  8  Carter Erdei
   Daniel Akindayini  9  Jesse Devers
     Shayon Harrison 10  Albert Torras
      William Miller 11  Ashley Cautel

           Ryan Loft 12  Tendai Martinyadze
           (7)53Mins     (7)49Mins
      Liam Priestley 13  Reece Bills
          Cy Goddard 14  Bradley Lindsey
                         (11)73Mins
      Channing 
      Campbell-Youn  15  Ryan Leak
          (6)60Mins
         Chris Paul  16  Ross Finney
         (11)69Mins      (10)79Mins

Scorers:-
      Walkes 17          Rainey 83
      Walker-Peters 48
      Akindayini 57, 87, 90+3 

Booked:-   
                         Devers 65(Behind)
                         Weeks 87(Late)

Coach:-  
      J. McDermott       M. Halsall

Referee: A. Lukauskis

Spurs came into this game on a run of four wins that had seen them go clear at the top of the Southern group ahead of West Ham and Fulham. The visitors - Wolverhampton Wanderers sit mid-table in the Northern group, having beaten Southampton last week and holding group leaders Manchester City to a 1-1 draw the week before. Spurs welcomed back Josh Onomah from helping England U-17 qualify for the European Championship finals this summer.

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Maghoma and Carter-Vickers with Walkes at right back and Walker-Peters on the left. Lesniak anchored a diamond midfield with Ross and Miller flanking Onomah at the apex. Akindayini and Harrison started up front.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and with no wingers the two full backs got forward regularly and often. In the second minute Walker-Peters forced a save from Burgoyne for a corner. From the corner Maghoma fired wide. Walker-Peters played in Miller who passed for Ross to hit wide. Onomah drove low for Burgoyne to save pushing the ball wide of the far post.

Lesniak fired over from a central position before Spurs took the lead. Walker-Peters provided the cross from the left and when Harrison's effort was blocked, it came out to Walkes on the right and he drove the ball home at the near post, to continue his goal scoring form. Walker-Peters won another corner when his effort was blocked and Onomah saw his drive pushed around the post for a corner.

Miller had his effort saved with the ball dropping for Ross who fired over. Onomah played Harrison inside the left back and his cross gave Akindayini a chance that was saved. Ross fired over before the visitors had their first chance when Upton fired wide from a corner. This prompted the Wolves team to push forward, and Devers had an effort blocked for a corner. Upton fired wide from another corner while Weeks saw his drive deflected over. Walkes crossed for Akindayini to fire wide just before the break.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Spurs double their lead inside three minutes. Walker-Peters had already got down the left and fired over, before he got down the left again only this time his low cross went in at the far post.

Onomah drew a save before he was replaced by Loft who went up front on his debut. Harrison dropped into midfield to make room for him. Loft almost got off to the perfect start when the ball was played in from the left and after his first effort was blocked he drove it wide of the far post for a corner. When the ball was only half-cleared, Burgoyne saved a drive from Harrison.

Spurs got a third when Akindayini turned in Walker-Peters' cross at the near post. Voss saved from Rainey before Spurs made their second change. Campbell-Young came on for Carter-Vickers going to right back with Walkes moving inside to partner Maghoma.

Ross drew a save before Erdei fired over and Martinyadze saw his header saved. Another run by Walker-Peters was halted by Devers who was booked for bringing him down. Spurs introduced another new-comer when Paul replaced Miller in midfield.

Akindayini crossed for Loft to fire over before the visitors pulled a goal back when Rainey played a one two before driving into the far post. Erdei fired over before Spurs scored again. Ross had gone down with cramp but was up in time to send Loft away, and his cross was driven in by Akindayini for his second.

Weeks was booked for a late tackle on Ross before Spurs got a fifth in added time and it was Akindayini who got it heading in at the far post from Paul's cross. That completed a hat-trick for the hard working Spurs striker.

This was another good win for the Academy side who were able to introduce new players and still win well. Wolves came and played in an open game which showed their limitations as Spurs were too good for them. Spurs passing game was too quick with Burgoyne and Hayden keeping the score down. The win opens a six point gap on second placed West Ham who lost 4-1 to Stoke. Fulham did not play today as they are involved in the Youth Cup semi-final against Reading. They are eight points behind Spurs with a game in hand.

Next Saturday Spurs travel to Manchester United who lost 2-1 today and remain mid-table in the Northern group.

Ray

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