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Spurs v Fulham - Youth Cup Rd 4, 30.01.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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            FA Youth Cup 4th Round
        Victoria Road, Dagenham East
       Thursday 30th January 2014, 7pm.

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

            2(1)             3(2) 

         Luke McGee  1  Marek Rodak
 Kyle Walker-Peters  2  Liam Donelly(C)
     Connor Ogilvie  3  Jordan Evans
      Harry Winks(C) 4  Cameron Burgess
     Cameron
     Carter-Vickers  5  Elijah Adebayo
      Filip Lesniak  6  Solomon Sambuo
    Emmanuel Sonupe  7  Joshua Smile
      Joshua Onomah  8  Emerson Hundman
    Shayon Harrison  9  Dean O'Halloran
     William Miller 10  Patrick Roberts
       Nathan Oduwa 11  George Williams

 Kane Vincent-Young 12  Magnus Norman
     Liam Priestley 13 
      Joe Pritchard 14  RyheemSheckleford
         (10)86Mins     (5)39Mins
   Anthony Georgiou 15  Mekhi Leacork McLeod
          (7)63Mins
  Daniel Akindayini 16  Noe Baba
          (9)78Mins
                    17  Josh Walker
                        (10)90+3Mins

Scorers:- 
        Onomah 3        Roberts 23, 34, 83
        Oduwa 53 

Booked:-  
                        Hundman 68(Foul)
                        O'Halloran 85(Aggression)

Sent Off:-   
Onomah 85(Fighting)     Smile 85(Fighting) 

Coach:-  
        J. McDermott    S. Wigley

Referee: A. Degnarain
Assistants:- G. Viccars & T. Ratherham
Fourth Official: A. Aylott

Because the Premier League game at WHL was played on Wednesday, this home tie was held at the ground of Dagenham & Redbridge. At the time of the draw Fulham were top of the Southern group and Spurs were second, but Spurs slipped two places due to lack of games having only played once since the win over Middlesbrough in the last round. The last time these sides met was at Hotspur Way in November when the played out a 2-2 draw. The game actually kicked off fifteen minutes late due to heavy traffic delaying supporters.

Spurs lined up with McGee in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Lesniak with Walker-Peters at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Winks anchored the midfield trio with Onomah and Miller. Harrison led the line with Sonupe to his right and Oduwa on the left. The 1882 group were also in vocal attendance trying to be the twelfth man.

Spurs defended the west end in the first half which saw them take an early lead when Oduwa escaped the clutches of Donelly to collect a ball down the line by Ogilvie, getting behind the Fulham defence to fire in a cross. The ball found its way to Onomah attacking the far post who drilled low inside the post.

The visitors defended strongly and their midfield were quick in closing down and counter-attacking. This gave O'Halloran a chance, but McGee was out quickly to block at his feet. Onomah hit a scorcher from 30 yards which Rodak saved but could not hold. The ball was cleared by a defender. Williams fired wide as Fulham began to force their way forward. Spurs then gave away the lead when McGee rolled the ball out to Carter-Vickers on the right who under-hit a ball across the area to Lesniak. Roberts was quickly onto him, winning the ball and scoring with a shot on the turn.

Both sides continued to play at a high tempo with Oduwa playing in Harrison for an effort that was saved. Miller sent Sonupe away down the right and his cross was turned wide at the near post by Harrison. Ogilvie hit a free kick wide before Fulham took the lead. Smile drove the ball in across McGee who could not hold it and Roberts was quickest to react to score his second. Williams saw his drive deflected over for a corner from which Adebayo headed wide. McGee saved from Smile and Roberts fired wide as the visitors got on top but Onomah fired wide for a corner in the last minute of the half.

Early in the second half, following a corner, Evans fired in a shot from outside the area on the left which was saved by McGee. Onomah played in Miller for an effort that won a corner. Oduwa, having switched to the right, picked up the ball and jinxed his way into the area before scoring low to Rodak's right despite the keeper getting a hand to it.

The visitors responded with Roberts firing wide for a corner and Hundman shooting wide before turning Williams' cross over the bar. McGee saved another long range effort by Evans before Spurs were forced into a change when Sonupe went down injured. Georgiou replaced him on the left. His first contribution was to take a free kick on the right side which he curled in with his left foot forcing Rodak to save, turning the ball round the far post. From the corner the ball came out to Oduwa who drove over.

Spurs were now on top, pressing for another goal, with Fulham having to defend deep. Hundman was booked for fouling Walker-Peters as he threatened to get into the area. Ogilvie took the free kick and saw Rodak save for a corner. Miller fired wide from a cross by Georgiou and Oduwa drove wide.

Spurs replaced Harrison with Akindayini up front as they tried to increase the pressure. However, Fulham scored against the run of play. Williams fired in a ball from outside the area on the left. McGee could not hold the ball, and Roberts was again in the right place to profit and complete his hat trick.

The visitors' tackles had been getting stronger as they defended, with Oduwa being caught by a two-footed one and Smile had caught a couple of players which led to a bust-up when he caught Onomah late. The Spurs player reacted and both players began pushing each other and more players got involved including O'Halloran who had to be dragged away by a couple of players. When the dust had settled Onomah and Smile were given their marching orders and O'Halloran was cautioned. Winks fired over before Spurs made their last change replacing Miller with Pritchard. As the game went into added time Pritchard had the last effort which was a weak shot easily held by the keeper.

This was a close fought game played at pace with both sides producing some good football, but in the end the 'professional' play of Fulham came out on top and they go on to meet Manchester City in the next round. These two sides will meet again at Motspur Park in nine days time in the League when another good football match is expected.

Ray

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