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Liverpool U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 27.03.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


             Premier Academy League, Group 1
           Melwood training ground, Liverpool
             Wednesday 26th March 2013, 11am

               LIVERPOOL   v     SPURS 
               (All Red)      (All White)
                 4-3-3           4-3-3

                  2(1)             2(1)

              Ryan Fulton  1  Luke McGee
            Yalany Baio(C) 2  Alex McQueen
              Joe Maguire  3  Grant Ward
              Lloyd Jones  4  Filip Lesniak(C)
             Niall Heaton  5  Dominic Ball
          Jordan Rossiter  6  Aaron McEneff
     Kristoffer Petersson  7  Roman Michael-Percil
        Cameron Brannagan  8  Harry Winks
     Daniel Tricket-Smith  9  Victor Zapata-Caicedo
            Alex O'Hanlon 10  Ruben Lameiras
             Harry Wilson 11  Nathan Oduwa

             Nathan Burke 12  Kane Vincent-Young
                              (8)57Mins.
               Ryan Trump 13  Liam Priestley
             Louis Robles 14  Zodel Brown
                Ryan Kent 15  Mason Bush
               (11)68Mins.    (10)82Mins.
                          16  Darren McQueen
                              (7)79Mins.

Scorers:-
     Tricket-Smith 1, 90+4    Michael-Percil 22, 49

Booked:-
     Heaton 56(Foul)

Coaches:-
     S. Cooper                J. McDermott 

Referee:- G. Dinsmore
Assistants: A. Beckett & D. Bains

This re-arranged fixture from saturday cancelled due to heavy snow - was played in driving snow with patches of sunshine. Both sides have had to use young players to fill the breach of a busy programme. The postponement allowed Sunderland to move a point above Spurs to the top of the group so much depended on today's result.

Spurs lined up with Ball and McEneff at the back with McQueen at right back and Ward on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield with Winks and Lameiras alongside him. Zapata-Caicedo led the attack with Michael-Percil on the right and Oduwa on the left.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the north end but quickly lost the ball and Petersson played in Tricket-Smith to fire the home side into the lead after 40 seconds.

In a tight first half neither side had many chances on goal and the second chance fell to the visitors a quarter of an hour after the goal. Michael-Percil was the player that drew a save from Fulton, cutting in from the right. The little winger got on the score sheet when Winks played a great through ball for him to run onto and he beat the keeper with a low drive.

Spurs had a chance to take the lead when Ball just failed to reach a free kick curled into the area from the right following a foul on Michael-Percil. Tricket-Smith played in O'Hanlon for a chance that flew over the bar. Zapata-Caicedo got down the left and played in Michael-Percil for an effort that was deflected wide of the far post. The last chance of the half came from a free kick just outside the area after Michael-Percil was stopped unfairly on a run through the reds defence. Lameiras curled the ball over the wall only for Fulton to tip it round the left post.

Liverpool kept Spurs waiting before the second half could start which was not the sort of thing to do on such a cold day. Spurs began the second half well using long balls to Oduwa raiding down the left as an effective attacking move to open up the game. One ball gave the Spurs striker the cahnce to get into the area but Fulton tipped his drive onto the crossbar.

Spurs almost gifted the home side a goal when McGee came outside his area to collect a back pass and fluffed his kick. The ball fell kindly for O'Hanlon with the whole goal to aim at but McGee got back to clear the ball off his line with his back foot. The ball went to a red shirt but his follow-up was blocked by Ball. A minute later and Spurs were in front when Michael-Percil got down the right and put in a looping cross that dropped under the bar at the far post. Baio could not head it out, but it was the winger's goal.

Another through ball saw Michael-Percil slip past Heaton who took him out to earn a yellow card for the cynical foul. Winks was replaced by Vincent-Young who went to left back as Spurs re-organised. Ward moved to right midfield and Michael-Percil moved into the centre.

Petersson played in Tricket-Smith for an effort that McGee saved before Lameiras put a free kick wide. Lameiras had a shot blocked from a square ball from Oduwa. Darren McQueen came on for Michael-Percil, who had not recovered from an earlier knock, to work the right side. Spurs made their third change shortly after when Bush replaced Lameiras in midfield.

O'Hanlon fired wide as the game went into added time and in the last minute Liverpool got their equaliser when Tricket-Smith fired in from ten yards from a cross from the right. The referee blew for time right after the re-start.

This was a close game with little space in the first half for either side, but it opened out in the second when Spurs mixed up the play and looked the better side with Michael-Percil as the outstanding player. While Liverpool scored in the first and last minute Spurs had the edge during the game.

Spurs do not have a game this Saturday so the under 18s' next game is against Liverpool at Hotspur Way on the 6th April. The point gained today moves Spurs to the top of the group on goal difference while Liverpool move up to third and if they were to beat Stoke on Saturday they will join Spurs on 14 points. Our U-21 side meet Liverpool on Monday afternoon at Anfield, so we can't get away from the Reds.

Ray

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