Spurs under 23’s 1-1 Manchester United: (match report)
On Friday afternoon our under 23 side drew 1-1 to Manchester United at Hotspur Way, Ugo Ehiogu’s side put in a very good performance against Man united and were unlucky not to have taken all three points. It was a great team performance by the young Lillywhites and they impressed throughout the entirety of the match. The match started pretty evenly with Spurs passing the ball around nicely across the field however, Warren Joyce’s side took the lead in the 20th minute after a wonderful solo effort from Joe Riley. Riley went forward down the left wing before cutting past the sliding Owens inside the box, tucking the ball beyond the reach of Glover. It didn’t take the lads long to respond and just over ten minutes late Spurs got a well deserved equaliser from Shayon Harrison. Anthony Georgiou found Goddard who hit his effort first time from 20 yards out, but his effort was blocked by a defender with the alert Shayon Harrison there to slot home with a fine finish. Man united almost regained the lead on the stroke of half time after Matthew Willock rushed through into the box only to have the ball taken off him by Charlie Owens who produced a magnificent sliding challenge from behind.
We were by far the better side in the second half as Ehiogu’s team went in search for the winner. In the 69th minute we came close to taking the lead with two good chances in less than a minute, Walker Peters burst down the right channel only to see his fine effort saved well by Dean Henderson. Soon afterwards Shayon Harrison met Georgiou’s cross inside the box, but the strikers effort was blocked well by the alert united defender Regan Poole. Late on inthe match Shayon Harrison had the chance to net the winner for Spurs after substitute Shilow Tracey sent the ball into the box Harrison tried his best but just couldn’t make significant contact with the ball as it went wide of the left post. The final score Spurs 1-1 Manchester United, the players can be proud of their performance against a very good Man United side, up next for Ehiogu’s side are Arsenal in mid November.
The lads had an excellent game yesterday and there were many impressive performances, I though Anthony Georgiou was excellent down the flanks, his pace, skill and eagerness to put balls into the box caused a constant problem for the united defence. Goalscorer Shayon Harrison also had a good game, constantly pressing Harrison was excellent on the ball and he was unlucky not to add more goals to his account. Kyle Walker-Peters adapted well to playing on the right wing, the 19 year old made many good runs and beat his man on many occasions and was unlucky not to score the winner in the second half, Walker-Peters dropped back to full back later on in the game after Joe Muscatt was substituted. Spurs were very assured at the back with Christian Maghoma and Charlie Owens being solid throughout the match making some excellent challenges and interceptions.
My man of the match: Anthony Georgiou, Georgiou was excellent down the left wing he worked incredibly hard and constantly wanted to attack and put the ball into danger area.
Spurs: Glover, Muscatt (Tracey 83), Stylianides (Bennetts 87), Amos (c), Owens, Maghoma, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Harrison, Goddard (Pritchard 68), Georgiou. Substitute (not used): Austin (GK)
Manchester United: Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe (c), Poole, Riley, Goss (Kehinde 77), Olosunde (Warren 82), Redmond, Willock, Harrop (Mitchell 58), El Fitouri. Substitutes (not used): Scott, O’Hara (GK).
Goals: Spurs – Harrison 31; Manchester United – Riley 20.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Muscatt 45+1, Georgiou 68, Pritchard 79; Manchester United – Harrop 17, Williams 50, Tuanzebe 88.
Referee: Alan Young.