Spurs under 18’s end league season with a dramatic 3-3 draw with Derby County:
Our under 18’s played their final game of the league season on Saturday lunchtime, and what a game it was. A 3-3 draw with Derby county, which saw John McDermott’s resilient side dig deep to ensure a thrilling end ensued. It wasn’t enough to top their group in the end, Spurs finishing second only to the winners Aston Villa. However, it was a fitting end to what has been a fine domestic season for McDermott’s side, who have played some scintillating football over the course of the season. Having gone 2-0 down, Spurs fought back on two occasions to secure a point with the goals being scored from Jack Roles, Paris Maghoma and Kazaiah Sterling. It was a game in which four under 16’s were involved in and McDermott was more than pleased with their impact on the game, saying afterwards – “I was also really pleased with Paris Maghoma – he was a difference-maker today, he took his opportunity and did really well with individual snippets of positive play but overall we lacked the passion and commitment that I’d expect from this group of players. Paris did well, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster showed a good commitment and Rayan Clarke had a very good assist for Kazaiah’s goal, but what we would hope is that the senior players would lead the way rather than the Under-16s and that’s why there’s a feeling of frustration.” McDermott was also full of praise for Belgian goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie who made his long awaited return from a serious injury, making a string of superb saves. Spurs will participate in the Under-19 Volksbank Cup later this month, in Stemwede Germany.
Some end of season statistics: (Domestic competitions only)
Top scorers: 1. Jack Roles – 18 goals from 24 appearances.
2. Samuel Shashoua – 15 goals from 28 appearances
3. Kazaiah Sterling – 12 goals from 22 games
Most assists: 1. Samuel Shashoua – 11
2. Keanan Bennetts- 8
3. Dylan Duncan and Kazaiah Sterling – both on 7.
Most appearances: 1. George Marsh – 29
2. Samuel Shashoua and Dylan Duncan- 28
3. Keanan Bennetts- 26
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Lock, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Omolabi, Tanganga, Bowden (P Maghoma 56), Roles (Clarke 64), Sterling, Reynolds (Lyons-Foster 64), Bennetts. Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).