Spurs under 18’s 4-1 QPR – FA Youth cup: (match report)
It was a wonderful night at Loftus road on Tuesday, as our under 18’s thrashed QPR 4-1 in the fourth round of the FA Youth cup, with john McDermott’s side being rewarded with a home tie against Norwich in round five. The gulf in class between the two sides was plain to see, as McDermott’s side dominated the match playing some superb football in the process. Our youngsters were cheered on by over 200 travelling Spurs fans, who were in fine voice for the entirety of the match. The vibrant atmosphere seemed to spur the youngsters on, and they started the game brightly as forward Reo Griffiths flashed a shot narrowly wide of the left post on six minutes. The Rs goalkeeper Marcin Brzozwkski made two fine saves in the space of six minutes, first when Roles received a fine pass by Shashoua in the box before seeing his effort denied well from six yards out by the QPR goalkeeper. Then a couple of minutes later TJ Eyoma whipped in a cross from the right ring, which was met well by Griffiths at the far post, the forwards header was tipped over the crossbar from the alert Brzozwkski. Spurs’s free flowing football saw the home side struggle in the minutes that followed, and Spurs’s near total domination on the game was rewarded in the 24th minute, when McDermott’s side took a deserved lead. Kazaiah Sterling eased past a hoops defender before releasing the ball to the free Jack Roles inside the penalty area, Roles curled an effort beyond Brzozwkski and despite a touch from the keeper the ball flew into the bottom corner of the net, 1-0 to Spurs.
Sterling raced into the box on 36 minutes before dinking the ball over Brzozwkski and narrowly wide of the right post. However, just a minute later Spurs doubled their advantage through Reo Griffiths. Sterling’s well measured pass from the right side of the box came to Griffiths at the far post, and the forward buried the ball in to the back of the net, to cap off a nice move. Despite barely entering the Spurs half, QPR pulled a goal back shortly before the interval through the Rs Kingsley Eshun. The goal came about after George Marsh lost the ball in the midfield with Eshun charging down the left wing, with the sprinting Japhet Tanganga unable to reach Eshun as he fired the ball past Austin as it flew inside his near post. Spurs resumed the second half in superb fashion as they grabbed a third almost instantaneously from the restart, after some good work on the right wing, Samuel Shashoua fed the ball to Roles inside the centre of the penalty area, and the goalscoring midfielder was as clinical as ever as he fired the ball beyond Brzozwkski and into the back of the net, to put Spurs 3-1 ahead. We continued to command the game during the rest of the second half playing some wonderful attacking football, and on 74 minutes Spurs got their fourth of the match. Left back Nick Tsaroulla tried his luck on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected off the Rs defender and straight in front of George Marsh. As the midfielder headed the ball into the back of the net from point blank range, the final score Spurs 4-1 QPR, a really good performance from the young Lillywhites and I really fancy this crop of players to go all the way this year, their a special group of players.
There were so many splendid performances on Tuesday night every single player had a good game, but the following players really stood out for me. Jack Roles was my man of the match (see below) but another player who wowed the crowds last night was Samuel Shashoua. The inside forward is my favourite player within the academy, he is a player of exceptional quality and his performance last night was one of the finest on the field. With two assists Shahsoua had a big influence on the game on the right wing, his skill, close ball control and decisiveness proved too much for QPR, Shahshoua has been one of the most consistent players in the under 18’s side this season. 17 year old Japhet Tanganga was immense in central defence he was superb in the air and he looked very comfortable at the back, he shows great maturity for a 17 year old. Tanganga is yet another hot prospect with in the academy, and I’m confident that he will replicate Carter-Vickers path in to the first team squad in the next couple of years.
“This was a brilliant experience at Loftus Road. It was a London derby against a team where there’s Chris Ramsey and Perry Suckling who worked with us previously, so that made for a special atmosphere before the game. It was played at a Premier League-standard stadium and whenever you come here and play under the lights it’s a privilege to do so. We’ve seen over the years that this type of setting can bringnerves but I didn’t think we looked nervous tonight – this is a confident and highly-competitive group who handled the atmosphere and the situation. We don’t normally get an army of Tottenham fans when we play at the Training Centre so to have that level of support where they know all the players’ names and sing them aloud is superb. It gives the boys that little bit of a taster of the pressure of being able to play in front of a crowd and having to entertain them – we had unbelievable support again tonight. (John McDermott)
My man of the match: Jack Roles. The midfielder has been on fire this season scoring 15 goals from the centre of midfield as well as creating two assists, and the youngsters performance last night was no exception. Roles is Frank Lampardesque, the timing of his runs are incredible and his performance on Tuesday night was brilliant, his a natural goalscorer.
QPR: Brzozowski, Barzey (Springer-Downes 78), Genovesi, Klass (Mesias 60), Eales, Fox (c), Francis-Adeyinka, Folkes, Eshun (Platt 60), Akinola, Bowler. Substitutes (not used): Ribeiro, Bowman (GK).
Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Shashoua, Roles (Reynolds 83), Sterling, Duncan (Oakley-Boothe 68), Griffiths (Bennetts 75). Substitutes (not used): Skipp, Whiteman (GK).
Goals: QPR – Eshun 45; Spurs – Roles 24, 46, Griffiths 37, Marsh 74.
Yellow cards: QPR – Brzozowski 25, Folkes 26, Akinola 44.
Referee: Lloyd Wood.