Spurs under 18’s 0-1 Brighton: (match report)
Our under 18’s succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Brighton earlier today, in the sweltering heat at Hotspur Way. As Scott Parker’s side were caught out by a late Brighton goal, in a game where the visitors had stifled Spurs’ attacking style of play. It was a bitter blow for the young lilywhites, in a match that the lads deserved to pick up a point from. It was our lads who were the more creative early on, eight minutes in to proceedings, Patterson played a pass through to Hinds down the left, the fullback testing the Brighton keeper Tom McGill with a thumping effort. Then, soon afterwards Reynolds slipped Griffiths through on goal down the left side, the striker forcing a good reflex save out of McGill. Despite all our early possession, the seagulls looked dangerous on the break, their first notable effort on goal coming round the 20 minute mark when one of their players nodded the ball over the crossbar, from the resulting corner kick. There were few clear cut chances for either side as Brightons rigid defence looked to stop us playing that quick passing, attacking football. Midfielder Jamie Reynolds had a decent effort on goal, when he fired narrowly wide from distance. Then Spurs created a fine move when Griffiths and Hinds linked up inside the Brighton box, with the latter scooping the ball up to Griffiths whose volleyed effort was well saved at McGill’s near post.
Then as half time beckoned, the visitors took a hold of the game as they went on to create a series of good chances. Firstly, when Teddy Hoare’s well crafted free kick was curled on to the far post. Then moments later Ryan Longman went close for Buckman’s side when his effort at goal, dashed narrowly wide of the post. The seagulls had finished what had been a fairly dull half, as the better side though Spurs had created some good moves of their own. Parker’s lads started the second half positively, Markanday went on a brilliant run down the right before whipping a cross into the box, which was inches away from being converted by the in rushing Griffiths. The young winger was the creator again moments later, when his cross caused a bit of a goalmouth scramble as Griffiths looked to turn it home, but the ball came back to Markanday who forced a good close range save out of McGill, it was becoming an incredibly frustrating game for Spurs. The seagulls meanwhile, still looked potent up front. As proved by Danny Cashman, whose classy bicycle kick flew just wide of De Bie’s post. And the visitors continued their attacking onslaught moments later, when Alex Cochrane latched on to a cross inside the Spurs penalty area before spinning round, and curling his effort against the post.
Despite, the attacking advances of both sides the game fell flat for large periods in what was at times a very tiresome game with little end product. However, as the game entered the latter stages a piece of brilliance from Markanday almost won it for Spurs. The nimble footed winger done well to cut inside from the left before curling an excellent effort at goal with so little to aim at, his dipping effort cannoned off the crossbar. It looked as if the game heading for a fairly deserved stalemate, as Spurs continued to push forward. A brilliant run from Lock only ended in one of his own players getting in the way. Whilst at the other end De Bie was called in to action, as the Belgian made a fine stop to deny a header from Brightons Kazukolovas. Despite the teams hard work, Spurs were dealt a bitter blow in stoppage time. When the visitors snatched a last gasp winner from a set piece. Kazukolovas cushioned the ball down to Tariq Shihab who fired past De Bie, leaving the Brighton players jumping for joy. A good one on one save was produced by De Bie minutes later to ensure the final score stayed 1-0 to Brighton. A disappointing afternoon for Scott Parker’s team who now have a two week international break before their next fixture away to Southampton. COYS
Player reviews: – Jonathan De Bie: Not called into action an awful lot, made a couple of fine saves when needed. Very impressed with his commanding leadership from the back.
– Matt Lock: Had a fine game at right back especially in the second half. Lock’s creativity and awareness down the right were both impressive. Whilst the youngster whose similar to KWP in style, went on a brilliant solo run towards the end of the game.
– Tariq Hinds: Very good performance from the versatile fullback, solid and well timed throughout. Also, embarked on some good runs down the left flank.
– Jamie Bowden: Another impressive showing from the defensive midfielder, very neat and tidy in his passing. But he also made many fine interceptions, he was tenacious in his play.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Teamed up well with Lyons-Foster at centre half, very good in the air and managed to snuff out danger on multiple occasions, with his intelligent defending.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: I was very impressed with the England youth international today. Though a full back by trade, the 16 year old adapted really well to his new role. Very composed, and played the ball out well from the back with some good passes and some important interceptions.
– Dilan Markanday: One of Spurs’ star performers, the skilful left winger was one of the main creators. Very astute player, Markanday makes up for his lack of pace with intelligent moves down the left. His superb effort late on was unlucky not to have won us the game.
– Jamie Reynolds: Prior to going off injured in the second half, Reynolds posed a real attacking threat from the centre of the park. Went on some good surging runs from the middle.
– Reo Griffiths: As hard working as always, the striker created some good pockets of space and held the ball up well but couldn’t convert.
– Armando Shashoua: The number 10 must have covered more ground than any one else on the pitch, such was his excellent pressing. Really like the look of A.Shashoua and I’m sure the goals and assists will come in the near future.
– Phoenix Patterson: Prominent across the pitch, the young winger roamed across the front line and was one of Spurs’ main sources of creativity.
– Paris Maghoma: I thought he made a great impression on the game since coming on, had a real attacking influence on it with his surging forward runs and attacking intent. Also, demonstrated excellent close ball control. I really like his style of play.
My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. One of Spurs’ star performers, the skilful left winger was one of the main creators. Very astute player, Markanday makes up for his lack of pace with intelligent moves down the left. His superb effort late on was unlucky not to have won us the game. Really impressive performance.
Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Lock, Hinds, Bowden, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Reynolds (P Maghoma 69), Griffiths (Richards 76), A Shashoua, Patterson (Mukendi 82). Substitutes (not used): Statham, Oluwayemi (GK).