Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton: (match report)
Our under 23’s played their first game of the inaugural premier league 2 season yesterday as they lost 2-0 to Everton at the Lamex stadium, in a game in which Ugo Ehiogu’s side were unlucky not to have got something out of after being the better side for the majority of the game. It was the toffees who had the first real chance of the game as on seven minutes their midfielder Ryan Ledson headed an effort on goal from the resulting corner which seemed destined to nestle in the back of the net. However, Joe Pritchard made an excellent clearance on the line to keep the score level. Less than ten minutes later Ehiogu’s side nearly took the lead at the other end, after Marcus Edwards went on a surging run before playing through Shayon Harrison with a wonderfully weighted pass, Harrison’s effort was saved well by Hewelt who got down low to thwart the strikers effort. Spurs were presented with the best chance of the half on 35 minutes after defender Anton Walkes was tripped in the box by Morgan Feeney following the ball being put in to the box from the resulting corner, the referee pointed to the spot, with Harrison the penalty taker. However, Harrison’s low left footed shot from the penalty spot was saved well by Hewlet as the sides went in level at the break.
We struggled to replicate our potency up front in the second half with the first clear cut chance of the second half coming on the hour mark after Morgan Feeney almost gave Everton the lead. Feeney tried to poke the ball home after being found by Brendan Galloway from the resulting free kick but Tom Glover was in Feeney’s way as the young Australian got hold of the ball at the second attempt. The blues broke the deadlock in the 79th minute after David Henen latched onto a cross field pass by Anton Walkes, the Belgian sprinted down the left wing before surging past Amos and firing the ball high into the net from inside the box to give the toffees the lead. Things got worse for Spurs as six minutes later Everton doubled their lead to put the game out of sight for the Lillywhites, after Matthew Foulds tapped home from close range after Glover produced a fine save from Courtney Duffus before the ball fell to Foulds on the line, the final score Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton.
The scoreline doesn’t represent the game as for a lot of it we were in control, looking comfortable in possession and creating some fine chances. However most of these chances came in the first 45 minutes, Connor Ogilvie had a very good game as the youngster read the game extremely well from left back and centre back after Maghoma’s injury, I hope the talented Ogilvie gets a chance at Spurs this season. Another player that I thought played very well was Will Miller, Miller who played against Juventus in pre season, made some excellent runs in midfield as he’s skill carved through the Everton defence on occasions, Miller was impressive throughout the game and was one of our best players. Highly rated wonder kid Marcus Edwards went on many exciting and promising runs in the first half as he caused Everton a host of problems. Captain Luke Amos also had a really good performance in the centre of the park, Amos made fine passes, was creative and made some good interceptions in midfield. Finally last seasons under 21 star, Kyle Walker-Peters had a very good game at right back and was yet again highly impressive throughout.
Interestingly sat behind me at the match was Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough who was scouting possible players to sign on loan, in addition MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was also in attendance as well as scouts from Cambridge United, and some other clubs. Next up Ehiogu’s side face Reading who they play next Tuesday.
Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Maghoma (Muscatt 24), Walkes, Edwards (Stylianides 75), Pritchard, Harrison, Miller, Oduwa (Tracey 75). Substitutes (not used): Goddard, McDermott (GK).
Everton: Hewelt, Jones (c), Robinson, Walsh, Feeney, Galloway, Henen, Davies, Evans (Duffus 61), Ledson (Charsley, 61), Dowell (Foulds 79). Substitutes (not used): Dyson, Gray (GK).