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Spurs U-18s v Fulham U-18s, 19.09.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

        Premier Academy League
     Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
 Saturday 19th September 2009, 11.00am

      SPURS       v       FULHAM
  (White/Blue)          (Red/Black)
      4-4-2                4-4-2

       6(3)                 1(0)

    Jamie Butler  1 Marcus Bettinelli(C)
      Adam Smith  2 Josh Pritchard
   Francis_Angol  3 Lewis Thomas
  Jake Nicholson  4 Luca Moscatiello
    Nathan Byrne  5 Cheik Toure
   Calum Butcher  6 Arron Pierre
 Ryan Fredericks  7 Keanu Marsh-Brown
Paul-Jose MíPoku  8 Courtney Harris
   Kudus Oyenuga  9 Richard Peniket
   Harry Kane(C) 10 Danny Hoesen
    Paul McBride 11 Christian Marquez

   Mirko Ranieri 12 Steven Arthurworry
Cameron Lancaster13 Albert Owusu
  Waller-Lassen  14 Marcello Trotta 
     (11)66Mins.    (10)66Mins.
Anton Blackwood  15 Paudie Quinn
      (3)72Mins.    (7)79Mins.
Olumide Durojaiye16 Matthew Reece
      (6)46Mins.    (3)66Mins.

   A.Inglethorpe     G. Brazil

        Kane  26    Trotta 75
        Smith 40
      Oyenuga 42
Waller-Lassen 69, 79
   Fredericks 85 

   Nicholson 43     Harris 78
(Dangerous play)    (Trip)
                    Peniket 90

Referee:- J. Steel
It was a warm cloudy morning for our second home game. Apart from the team John Bostock and Anthony Jack, both recovering from injury, sat with team as did Clive Allen.

Spurs lined up the same as last week with Butcher and Byrne at the back flanked by Smith and Francis-Angol. Nicholson and M'Poku were in central midfield with Fredericks on the right and McBride on the left. Kane played behind Oyenuga up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South goal with both sides sparring in the middle of the park trying to get into some pattern of play. Nicholson had a long range effort that went over the bar two minutes in, but it wasn't until the tenth minute that Marsh-Brown took the ball to his right before letting fly only to see Butler spread himself to save at the expense of a corner. Spurs began to take control after that with McBride, flagged off side, being played in on the left hitting the post with his effort. Kane turned and fired wide before Oyenuga saw his effort pushed onto the post.

M'Poku saw his weak shot saved before having a say in the opening goal. Fredericks hit a deep cross from the right and when it was not cleared properly M'Poku headed the ball down for Kane to turn and hit a low shot into the left corner. Kane was close to increasing the lead two minutes later when he received the ball from M'Poku in the left channel. His first effort was blocked and his second saved with possibly Fredericks hitting the loose ball against the crossbar. Fredericks did fire wide later and M'Poku had his effort saved with Nicholson again off target from distance. Spurs did get the second when Smith came in from the right wing with the ball before turning to drive it passed Bettinelli. This was swiftly followed by a third goal scored by Oyenuga when Kane played him in down the left channel. Nicholson dived into a tackle with his studs showing and was booked despite winning the ball.

With a big lead Inglethorpe replaced Butcher with Durojaiye for the second half which saw Marquez force Butler into a save early on. M'Poku hit a free kick wide before seeing his header cleared off the line from a corner. Fulham quickly got the ball to the other end where Peniket drew a save from Butler. The keeper also saved from Marsh-Brown and Hoesen fired over as the visitors tried to get back into the game. Byrne came out of defence to draw a save from Bettinelli and M'Poku drove wide before both coaches made changes.

Fulham increased their attacking options while Spurs swapped Waller-Lassen for McBride. Spurs' substitution had more impact on the game with probably his first touch. Fredericks got down the right and crossed from the line. The ball was just too high for M'Poku at the far post but dropped nicely for Waller-Lassen to hit first time for Spurs fourth.

Marsh-Brown put another chance over the bar before Inglethorpe made his last change replacing Francis-Angol with Blackwood.

The two Fulham subs combined to pull a goal back for the visitors when the ball was not cleared in the left corner. It was crossed for Reece to head against the bar. The ball came out to Trotta on the left who made no mistake.

The four goal lead was restored quickly when Smith ran at the defence before being tripped from behind on the edge of the area. Harris received a booking for that trip. Kane took the free kick which was curled towards the left side. Bettinelli saved but could only push the ball out to the feet of the in coming Waller-Lassen, who scored his second goal having been on the field for only 13 minutes.

Blackwood broke down the left and after exchanging passes with Kane fired over. Spurs increased their lead when the ball was passed across the field with Kane to M'Poku who passed to Fredericks on the right. Ryan moved the ball to his right foot and scored with a low drive across the keeper into the far side. It should have been seven when Kane received the ball on the edge of the area completely unmarked and only the keeper to beat. He had time but hit it first time wide of the post. Nicholson tried to drive through the middle in the last minute, but was pulled back by Peniket who was then booked.

This was another good attacking display from Spurs with both wide players doing well. Oyenuga playing a Heskey type of role up front allowing space behind for Kane Ė doing another Keane type job - and M'Poku to create chances. Nicholson did well in front of the back four. With the hard work done, allowing Durojaiye and Blackwood to come on and get some more experience was a good tactical move by Inglethorpe.

Next week the Academy will be away to Bristol City which I will miss as I will be at the Lane for the Burnley game.

I had a word with Clive after about providing notice of the reserve games. As they are arranged at short notice I suggested that information could be put on the website.


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