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Spurs U-18s v Man Utd U-18s, 29.08.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

           Premier Academy League
        Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
      Saturday 29th August 2009, 11.00am

     (White/Blue)        (Red/White)
         4-4-2              4-4-2

          1(0)               3(3)

     Oscar Jansson  1 Conor Devlin
           Sam Cox  2 Reece Brown
Zaine Francis-Angol 3 Zeki Fryers
       Dean Parrett 4 Scott Wootton
  Olumide Durojaiye 5 Sean McGinty
    Anton Blackwood 6 Etzaz Hussien
       Nathan Byrne 7 Nicky Ajose
   Paul-Jose M'Poku 8 Ryan Tunnicliffe
      Kudus Oyenuga 9 Josh King
      Harry Kane(C)10 John Cofie
      Paul McBride 11 Robbie Brady(C)

      Jamie Butler 12 Michael Keane
      Coskum Ekim  13 
    Jake Nicholson 14 Larnell Cole
     Chace O'Neill 15 Jesse Lingard
       (11)81Mins.    (10)65Mins.
   Ryan Fredericks 16  Luke Givern

     A.Inglethorpe     P. McGuiness

        Parrett 48     King 2, 28
                       Brady 10

Referee:- S. Kay
It was a windy morning which kept the temperature down on a bright day. ManU provided the opposition for the first home game of this new season. The cameras of MUTV were at the Lodge should you be able to have access. There was a good sized crowd in attendance including a scout from Fulham running the rule over future opponents.

Spurs lined up with Durojaiye and Blackwood at the back with Cox at right back and Francis-Angol on the left. Parrett was joined by M'Poku in the centre of midfield with Byrne on the right and McBride on the left. Kane and Oyenuga started up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end but soon found that the visitors were not only bigger but also physically stronger. The "Reds" took the lead when King got clear of Blackwood to slot the ball past Jansson. After seeing the keeper save his effort he got on the end of a right wing cross to score at the far post with the help of a deflection. Byrne had been caught upfield and Ajose got behind Blackwood to deliver the cross.

King had a weak shot saved before Jansson came out quickly to collect a through ball only to find himself stumbling out of the area. He released the ball but was ruled to have handled out side the area and conceded the free kick. The kick was blocked for a corner. Tunnicliffe fired wide as did Parrett. Kane took a free kick that was saved before United increased their lead. King out-muscled Blackwood too easily before going clear to beat Jansson with less than half an hour gone.

Inglethorpe moved Blackwood to right back with Cox coming inside to cover King. Kane went close to pulling a goal back almost immediately when his curling effort came back off the crossbar. Jansson saved McGinly's header after Tunnicliffe had headed a corner back across goal. Parrett drove the ball just wide of the far post and McBride also put his effort wide.

United kicked off the second half with Tunnicliffe running straight at the home defence until being stopped just outside the area winning a free kick that Jansson saved. Spurs got a goal back when Parrett fired a cross from the right goal line that went in with help from the keeper and a defender on the line. There was little relief for the home side as first Ajose and then King fired wide.

M'Poku had been able to make space in the middle and as such received closer attention which led to his substitution with Fredericks. Inglethorpe had to rejig to allow Fredericks to play on the right side with Byrne moving to left back and Cox pushed into midfield. Parrett ran at the visitors' defence and got in a shot that was saved. King fed Brady who saw his effort fly over. Oyenuga made himself a chance that he put over the bar. Ajose was the next to threaten but fired over before Brady had his header saved for a corner. Ekim came into the midfield to add his passing skills for Francis-Angol who was replaced at the back by Cox. O'Neill came on to replace McBride on the left. King was still causing problems with another effort going wide and one that Jansson had to save before he was replaced near the end.

This was Spurs' second defeat and shows that Inglethorpe has plenty of work to do to mould this group into a team to compare with last season's team. Some of these lads have played for him last season but it looks like it is going to take some time. ManU looked too strong all over the pitch with Parrett and M'Poku lacking support when in possession. Oyenuga was the only player capable of standing up physically but needed more help. Blackwood was the weak link at the back being turned too easily. He recovers quickly but on the day King was too good for him. We coped better when Cox moved into the middle despite his lack of height.

Next week the U-18's entertain West Ham at the Lodge having already played them in a pre-season friendly.


A blast from the past! - Written 10 years later.

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