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Derby U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 21.08.10
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

       FA Premier Academy League
         Derby County Academy
      Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby.

   Saturday 21st August 2010, k.o.12noon

  (White/Black)      (All Light Blue)
      4-4-2              4-4-2

       1(0)               2(1)

       Mats Morch  1 Jordan Archer
      Chris Jones  2 Callum Tapping
   Cormac Hegarty  3 Kevin Stewart
      Alex Witham  4 Ronnie Hawkins
  Stefan Galinski  5 Olumide Durojaiye
     Mark O'Brien  6 Ramil Sheriff
    Kane Richards  7 Jesse Waller-Lassen
                   8 Jack Munns
      Callum Ball  9 Kudus Oyenuga
    Kealan Dillon 10 Harry Kane(C)
       Aaron Cole 11 Laste Dombaxe

       Ryan Betts 12 Kenneth McEvoy
                  15 William Ekong

          Ball 85    Kane 19, 84

    Betts 71(Foul)
    No.8 89(Pulling)

        D. Wassall   A. Inglethorpe

Referee:- M. Chester
Spurs opened their campaign with a trip to Derby where the weather was overcast until the heavens opened just after the second half kicked off. I went prepared for rain with a hooded jacket which stayed dry in the car unlike me. Because there were so few people watching the game no teamsheets were available so I apologise for any mistakes.

Spurs lined up with a number of new faces to me. I managed to put names to a few but not all. Archer was in goal with a new comer, I think Sheriff, alongside Durojaiye at the back with Tapping at right back and another new player on the left who could have been Stewart. Hawkins anchored the centre of midfield along with Munns. Waller-Lassen was on the right wing and Dombaxe on the left with Kane in support of Oyenuga up front.

Spurs kicked off the first half and soon had the home side back-pedalling with quick movement on the flanks and one touch passing through the middle. Hawkins was the main spring for most of the attacks as he distributed the ball from deep. Kane dropped into the area between the the defenders and midfield to link up and spread the play.

Most of the early attacks were down the right where Waller-Lassen used his pace and close control to good effect and was supported by Tapping. Waller-Lassen hit a good cross that was cleared for a corner inside the first five minutes and followed that by turning inside the full back who pulled him back to concede a free kick just outside the area. Hawkins took it and it was cleared for another corner.

Cole looked the liveliest of the rams and it was he who had the home side's first chance getting past Tapping but his effort was deflected for a corner. Hegerty again found Waller-Lassen too good for him and took his legs as he got free. Hawkins again took the kick which was cleared. Our left back fired over when a corner came out to him before Kane headed wide from a right wing cross.

The home side were conceding a lot of free kicks with mistimed challenges as they were struggling to keep pace with the speed of attacks. Kane took his first free kick from about 25 yards just right of centre and hit it over the wall, but Morch was well placed to push it over the bar. A good run from the home 8 ended with a low cross that Ball failed to connect with at the far post. Another raid down the right presented Munns with a chance which the keeper saved and also the follow up by Dombaxe with Munns putting the rebound over the bar.

Another break against the run of play saw Ball put the ball into the net but was flagged off-side. Kane took another free kick on the left after Oyenuga was pulled back. This was from closer to 30 yards out and this time the keeper could not get to it as it flew to his left and into the net. Minutes later and Spurs were awarded another free kick, again on the left but even further out. Kane's effort was deflected off the wall and hit the left post before going for a corner. Spurs kept up the pressure with Oyenuga firing wide and Waller-Lassen dribbled his way passed three defenders before his effort was blocked by a fourth. Cole headed a chance wide before Tapping got forward but drove wide. Galinski headed Cole's corner wide just before the break.

The home side made one change for the second half to put more bite in the midfield with Betts who was soon getting stuck in. From a free kick on the right Derby swung the ball in and it was headed on by Ball and cleared off the line by Durojaiye. Durojaiye then had a header saved at the other end from a corner. The rain had started to pelt down and I don't know why but it had the effect of slowing down Spurs which allowed the home side to get more into the game. Ball fired wide before Inglethorpe made his first change replacing Dombaxe on the left.

Betts was booked for a foul on Waller-Lassen which gave Kane another chance with a long range free kick on the right. This time Morch saved diving to his right. Spurs were forced into making another change when Sheriff was caught late. Spurs increased their lead when a quick counter attack found Kane with a simple finish in the area. Derby struck back quickly when Ball headed on a free kick which looked to take a deflection off a blue shirt. The goal galvanised the home side who pushed forward in search of a second. This left them open to quick counters and when Oyenuga was played through the 8 was forced to pull him back which earned him a booking. The free kick by Kane was deflected and McEvoy was not able to turn it in at the near post.

This was a good first game with so many new young faces in the team. While the more established players kept up the levels of last season some of the younger players also showed promise. Hawkins had a good game in the middle and the two new defenders did okay if unsettled by the more physical play at this level. Next week I am looking forward to a teamsheet to see how many players I got right when we entertain West Brom at the Lodge.


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