Spurs under 18’s 5-3 Newcastle united: (match report)
Spurs started the game brightly their attacking style of play evident from the offing, just under 3 minutes in the Lillywhites stunned the magpies with a superb opener from Keanan Bennett’s. It was a wonderful solo effort from the winger who showed great feet down the left wing before cutting inside and unleashing a powerful effort which flew past Nathan Harker and into the back of the net, 1-0 to Spurs! The attacking intensity didn’t stop from McDermott’s side and the Lillywhites didn’t rest on their laurels, as just five minutes later they double their advantage through forward Reo Griffiths. The alert Griffiths took full advantage of a mix up inside the box, and the centre forward buried the ball into the back of the net, a great poachers goal. Spurs were overwhelming Newcastle, as they sparkled going forward going close on several occasions. McDermott’s side got a scare when Mcnall’s thumping effort skimmed off the post, and the home side were starting to find their feet, going close again just a couple of minutes later. Newcastle started the second half the far better team, when Marsh brought down Gallacher inside the box the referee pointed straight to the spot. With Mcnall converting his penalty to bring the game back into life for the magpies, Spurs regained their composure and minutes later they got their third of the game through substitute Kazaiah Sterling, after Sterling scored a smart finish on the turn from just outside the penalty area, thats his sixth goal of the FA youth cup campaign, his now joint top scorer.
The game was becoming an end to end affair as Newcastle went close shortly afterwards through Owen Bailey. And the home side, roared on by a few thousand fans pulled a goal back through Mcnall whose close effort from the resulting corner kick, smashed into the net. This most eventful of games took yet another dramatic turn moments later, when centre half Japhet Tanganga seemed to put the game beyond doubt, with spurs’ fourth of the game. Tanganga managing to get on the end of Dinzeyi’s rebounded effort, as the defender forced the ball home. Just 10 seconds later the unthinkable occurred, Newcastle had again managed to pull a goal back at the other end after Gallacher got on the end of a first time cross to guide the ball past Austin and into the back of the net, 4-3! Two minutes later the stadium almost erupted when Bailey almost drew the toon level, Bailey getting on the end of Heaney’s free kick as his header was saved in style by Austin as he tipped it behind, a match winning save. The drama didn’t stop as McDermott’s young Spurs side sealed the win, after Sterling played in Duncan in the box, the midfielder sent the ball into the back of the net with a curling effort. The final score Spurs 5-3 Newcastle united, the most exhilarating of games as McDermott’s side dug deep to win a thrilling cup tie, and I as a Spurs supporter am absolutely thrilled that we’re through to the semi finals of the FA Youth cup, a brilliant achievement from this talented crop of players.
Spurs will now face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals with the first leg being played at the Lane, Spurs’ memorable cup run continues and I have every belief in them turning over a very talented Chelsea side in the next round. COYS
My man of the match: Reo Griffiths. A very hard one to call, Keanan Bennett’s, Samuel Shashoua and Nick Tsaroulla all had terrific matches but I’m going to give it to forward Reo Griffiths for his goal and assist.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Nathan Harker; Ben Kitchen, Owen Bailey (c), Lewis Gibson, Kieren Aplin; Matty Longstaff, Mace Goodridge (Mackenzie Heaney 77); Owen Gallacher, Thomas Allan (Callum Smith 67), Adam Wilson; Lewis McNall.
Subs not used: Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Kelland Watts.
Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s: Brandon Austin, Timothy Eyoma, Nick Tsaroulla, George Marsh (c), Jonathan Dinzeyi, Japhet Tanganga, Samuel Shashoua, Oliver Skipp, Reo Griffiths (Dylan Duncan 72), Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Keanan Bennetts (Kazaiah Sterling 29).
Subs not used: Tariq Hinds, Alfie Whiteman, Jack Roles.
Referee: David Webb
Bookings: Newcastle United Under-18s – Matty Longstaff (81); Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s – none