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Spurs U-18s v Toluca U-18s, 18.12.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


          IMG Boys Invitation Tournament 2014 
                     Super group
           Thursday 18th December 2014 1pm 
                       Day 2

               SPURS     v     Toluca
            (All Black)      (Red/White)
               4-3-3            4-3-3

                2(0)            0(0)

Spurs: Voss; Walker-Peters, Carter-Vickers, Walkes, Ogilvie; Amos, Stylianides(Owens 64), Goddard(Loft 57), Sonupe(Georgiou 71), Harrison, Azzaoui

Unused subs: McDermott, Muscatt, Paul, Maghoma, Ross, Daly

Scorers: Carter-Vickers 48, Loft 80+4

Booked: Stylianides 51(Foul), Georgiou 76(KBA), Carter-Vickers 80+1(Foul)

Toluca: Colin; Macias, Montes, Martinez(J. Hernandez 53), Galicia; Millan, Reyes, Riva, Esquivel, Estrada, Garcia(E. Hernandez 53)

Unused: Sanchez, Ortega, R. Hernandez, J. Hernandez, Calleja

Booked: Estrada 31(Foul), Macias 47(Foul), Millan 55(Foul)

Spurs' second game was against Toluca, who also won their opening match, so the winner would be likely to top the group and play for the Cup on Sunday. The Mexicans got the better of the US National U-17 side having had less possession. They broke to win a corner from which they scored through a good far post header. They sat back for the rest of the game holding out for the win. Spurs, having won their match at the gallop, were the favourites to win.

Spurs lined up with Voss in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Walkes with Walker-Peters at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Amos anchored the midfield with Goddard and Stylianides while Harrison led the line with Sonupe on his right and Azzaoui on his left.

Spurs started quickly, attacking the North end, with Harrison played through the right channel getting to the ball at the same time as the keeper. The referee refused Spurs' appeal for a penalty for the challenge. Ogilvie played in Azzaoui down the left for an effort that was wide. Harrison headed over a corner from Goddard. Following a foul on Sonupe by Martinez on the edge of the area Ogilvie headed the free kick wide.

From a Toluca free kick, Azzaoui collected the clearence and broke into the Mexicans' half and should have done better than playing a loose pass when two on one. Goddard saw his attempt blocked for a corner having been played in by Azzaoui. Goddard took the corner from which Harrison headed over.

Estrada was the first to be booked when he pulled back Amos who was getting away from him. Walker-Peters made a good run down the right and lifted the ball to the far post which was headed out by a defender for a corner. A long range effort by Riva was saved by Voss before another corner in the last minute saw Carter-Vickers header cleared off the line.

There were no changes for at the start of the second half which saw an early chance by Garcia saved by Voss. An Azzaoui run and shot brought a save from Colin and the winger drew another save having been played in by Stylianides.

Macias was booked for a foul on Azzaoui having fouled him moments earlier. Goddard took the free kick from which Carter-Vickers scored having to adjust his body in flight to head home.

Stylianides was booked for a pull as he chased back. Toluca made a double change to try and pull the goal back but Millan was booked stopping Walker-Peters' run down the right. Loft came on for Goddard going up front, with Harrison dropping into midfield.

Azzaoui drew another save to win a corner before Owens replaced Stylianides. Later, it took three minutes before the referee allowed Georgiou to come on in place of Sonupe. Georgiou went into the ref's book five minutes later for time wasting when he threw the ball away after Toluca won a free kick.

Millan fired over, before Loft made room for a shot which flew over the bar. Azzaoui got down the left and crossed for Harrison to turn wide of the far post. Following a corner Carter-Vickers conceded a cheap free kick for which he was booked. In added time Georgiou was sent down the right and his cross was turned in by Loft to make the game safe.

Toluca played better than in their first game and put pressure on Spurs quickly and prevented them from playing their passing game. They could not keep it up and gradually the pace and dribbling skills of Azzaoui began to tell. They tried doubling and even had three players on him but he kept attacking them.

Sonupe and Georgiou did their bit on the other wing but it was the Belgian winger who stood out. Baltimore drew with the US national side 3-3 in the other game to leave Spurs only needing a draw against the US U-17 side on Saturday to finish top of the group. Spurs played the US national U-17 side last year in a tight game only getting on top when they had a player sent off, scoring four times to finish 6-2. The other group is not so clear with three teams on a win each with one second round match to play.


                   P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts.

Spurs U-18         2  2  0  0   8-1   7   6 
Toluca FC          2  1  0  1   1-2  -1   3
US U-17            2  0  1  1   3-4  -1   1
Baltimore Celtic   2  0  1  1   4-9  -5   1

Ray

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