Spurs under 18’s 2-1 West Ham united: (match report)
Our senior side fought out a memorable London derby against West Ham on Saturday, defeating the Hammers 3-2. Coincidentally our under 18’s side also faced West Ham this time in the under 18 premier league, as John McDermott’s side managed to beat West Ham 2-1 at Hotspur way in what was a thoroughly entertaining and highly competitive match. Spurs went close to taking an early lead in the fourth minute after centre back Japhet Tanganga met Keanan Bennets corner, as he powered a header towards the goal which the Hammers goalkeeper Nathan Trott thwarted with a fine save at the near post. Shortly afterwards West Ham almost took the lead at the other end, after Hector Ingram was one on one with Austin, but the Spurs goalkeeper denied the striker with an important save. The young lillywhites took the lead in the 21st minute through Jack Roles as the midfielder netted his seventh goal in the league this season. Oakley-Boothe pressed the West Ham goalkeeper with the ball loose, as Roles latched onto the loose ball to tuck the ball home with a smart finish from within the box.
Despite Spurs being the better team in the minutes that followed, West Ham looked dangerous on the break and the east London club equalised six minutes from half time. Goalkeeper Brandon Austin raced out to intercept the ball from the approaching Hector Ingram however, Ingram fired the ball beyond Austin and into the back of the net from 30 yards out. West Ham looked the slightly better of the two sides in the second half, going close on a couple of occasions but so too did Spurs. Just when the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Spurs snatched a dramatic late winner after Dinzeyi was brought down in the penalty area by Rosaire Longelo deep in additional time. A confident Kazaiah Sterling stepped up to fire home from the spot to give spurs a sensational winner with virtually the last kick of the game.
Oliver Skipp was my man of the match; the 16 year old had a fantastic game in the centre of the park. In addition Jonathan Dinzeyi also impressed me throughout, the centre back made some key challenges and interceptions and his presence was immense at the back. Reo Griffiths returned to the starting line up after missing the last few matches through injury, Griffiths had a good game upfront. The striker was a constant goal threat and his physicality and skilfulness were highly impressive.
My man of the match: Oliver Skipp. The schoolboy was exceptional in the centre of the park; he played like he was a second year scholar. Skipp was diligent throughout, tidy with the ball and showed great vision, the midfielder also defended really well.
Spurs U18s: Austin, Hinds, Tsaroulla, Skipp, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua (Sterling 72), Roles, Griffiths, Oakley-Boothe (c, Patterson, 58), Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Eyoma, Whiteman (GK).