Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Southampton: (match report)
Yesterday evening our under 23’s fell to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary’s, the much younger than usual under 23 side battled well against a considerably older opposition but were simply second best despite their best efforts. The game was evenly matched in the first 20 minutes with Spurs just having the upper hand and the young Lillywhites went close to breaking the deadlock with two good efforts in the space of just three minutes. The first of which came from winger Shilow Tracey who after beating a Southampton defender fired a low effort at goal which the Saints goalkeeper Harry Lewis denied with his legs. Shortly afterwards Lewis was again forced into action after under 23 debutant Reo Griffith’s hit a curling effort from 20 yards out which Lewis thwarted with a fine save. The home side took the lead in the 38th minute courtesy of a header from Jack Stephens. Stephens rose high in the box after the ball was whipped in from the following free kick and the defender powered a header onto the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net, despite Tom Glovers best efforts. The second half was for the most part flat however, following Keanan Bennett’s introduction shortly after the hour mark the 17 year old impressed down the left wing and the youngster went the closest Spurs had come to scoring all game in the 73rd minute.
Bennett’s hit a free kick from the edge of the box narrowly wide of the right post as his whipped effort hit the side netting. Three minutes later both sides were reduced to ten men after both George Marsh and Harley Willard were shown second yellow cards following an incident near the touchline. The game finished 1-0 to the Saints, our incredibly young side put in an excellent effort against one of the best sides in the PL2 but Ehiogu’s side just couldn’t create many clear cut chances against a much more experienced Southampton side. Our best player was right back Kyle Walker-Peters, the 19 year old was solid through out at right back, whilst he was also creative down the right wing as he went on skilful runs, cutting inside on numerous occasions as he caused the saints defence bother. 16 year old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe also had a good game as he impressed in the centre of the park, whilst wingers Reo Griffiths and Shilow Tracey had good games on the wing. Second year scholar Keanan Bennett’s made a good impact on the game following his introduction in the second half, Bennett’s skill and pace caused the Saints problems down the left. Bennett’s also went desperately close to scoring from a free kick, up next for Ehiogu’s side is Manchester City at the lane on the 14th of October.
Southampton: Lewis, Bakary, McQueen, Jones, Cook, Stephens (c), Sims, O’Connor, Olomola, Slattery (Johnson 82), Willard. Substitutes (not used): Wood, Smallbone, Mdlalose, Parkes (GK).
Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Muscatt (Eyoma 90+1), Marsh, Maghoma, Walkes (c), Tracey, Stylianides, Loft (Bennetts 63), Oakley-Boothe (Pritchard 78), Griffiths. Substitutes (not used): Owens, McDermott (GK).
Goal: Southampton – Stephens 38.
Yellow cards: Southampton – Cook 36, Willard 56, 76, Olomola 74; Spurs – Marsh 34, 74, Maghoma 60.
Red cards: Southampton – Willard 76; Spurs – Marsh 74.