Spurs under 18’s 1-2 Fulham: (match report)
Our under 18’s were to fall to another late defeat when they met london rivals Fulham at a cold and blustery Hotspur way this morning. It was a really entertaining game which consisted of free flowing attacking football from both sides in what were difficult conditions, it was a disappointing result for Parker’s lads. They managed to dominate possession, but in the end they were to be defeated by a counter attacking Fulham side, who with the pace of the powerful Sonny Hilton, caught us out at crucial times during the match, there were some really positive displays from our lads though, and it was definitely a performance that warranted a point. Spurs got the game started at a very windy Hotspur way, with the game getting off to the worst possible start for Parker’s side when the cottagers took the lead inside six minutes. Spurs’ defence were caught by surprise when centre half Moroyin Omolabi was robbed of possession by Cameron Thompson on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, as Thompson ran through on goal before slotting the ball under De Bie to make it 1-0 to the visitors, Omolabi couldn’t believe it. Fulham had come at us with a real attacking intent from the very start, in a game which was really being affected by the wind. A first good attacking move from Spurs followed when Patterson slipped through Maghoma inside the Fulham box, his resulting effort being well blocked by Spence. A much more attacking Jamie Reynolds then tested Ashby-Hammond with a decent curling effort as Parker’s side started to grow in to the game.
But it was from Reynolds effort where the cottagers were to catch us on the break, as Sonny Hilton powered down the left flank before eventually forcing De Bie into making a good stop, as Lyons-Foster cleared the loose ball away from danger. Paris Maghoma done brilliantly when he tricked his way into the Fulham penalty area before being brought down by a Fulham player, his protests went in vain. Parker’s side had really started to get a grip on the game forcing Fulham into playing much deeper, and they were desperately unlucky not to equalise just before the half hour mark. When Patterson played the ball down the line to Hinds, his excellent first time effort came cannoning off of the crossbar. Spurs were now dominating possession and were looking a real threat down the flanks. A penalty shout for when Matt Lock’s cross hit a a Fulham hand was dismissed, as the young lilywhites continued to push Steve Wigley’s side. Fulham were looking to catch us out on the break, the cottagers almost doubling their lead through the potent Hilton, when he latched on to a through ball before hitting his low effort against De Bie’s post, as it ricocheted clear. Parker’s side were desperate to draw level before the break, Reynolds and Mukendi combining well shortly before the interval as the formers deflected effort came crashing off the crossbar. Chris Kelly then came close for the visitors at the other end, to cap off an entertaining first half of football.
The cottagers got the second half underway, testing our lads early on when Tyrese Francois’ low effort forced De Bie into making a low diving save. The driving force behind our creativity was the relentless Shashoua, the number 8 was constantly forcing the visitors in to making errors as he instigated good passages of play for Spurs. Parker’s team eventually drew level on 52 minutes after Reo Griffiths netted his seventh goal of the season to make the game wide open. After he powered home Matt Lock’s teasing cross at the far post after some good work from Lock to win the ball in the first place. Spurs were looking the far more likely side to find a winner following their leveller, Maghoma curling a free kick wide, as Spurs continued to control the game. However, it was the 16 year old midfielder who gave away possession in a dangerous area moments later though Maghoma managed to recover and make a crucial challenge before Fulham had a go at goal. The cottagers continued to be dangerous on the counter attack, as showed once again through Hilton as he went on a powerful long run before passing the ball to Francois’ whose effort was blocked first through Omolabi and then through Maghoma, as Spurs got let off the hook. Griffiths and Patterson combined well at the other end though the skilful Patterson couldn’t trouble Ashby-Hammond. The prominent Jamie Reynolds then tested the Fulham keeper with a thumping effort after receiving an incisive pass from Hinds, as the game began to frantically gather pace.
Although Parker’s side were dominating possession they still allowed the visitors to have a couple of good chances of their own. One of these came after De Havilland’s free kick dipped narrowly wide of the Spurs goal. Then a decisive header from Matt Lock denied a dangerous opening for the visitors. However, the game was to be lost in disappointing circumstances after Paris Maghoma gave away a late penalty after a foul on Kelly. Thompson stepped up to convert from the spot, despite a good hand from De Bie. Spurs regained their domination on the game in the final minutes, a late promising chance saw substitute Rodel Richards play through Griffiths on goal, but a last ditch challenge brought the move to a grinding halt. The final score from what was another thrilling game involving these two sides, Fulham 2-1 Spurs. Next up for Parker’s lads is a home under 18 premier league cup tie against none other then Fulham. COYS
– Jonathan De Bie: Wasn’t too busy today despite the two goals we conceded, made some good saves and looked solid in his overall play particularly his distribution.
– Matt Lock: Another very good attacking performance from the attack minded fullback. Was really good going forward, did well to create our goal.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Made an unfortunate error which lead to the opener but he recovered well and had a solid game at centre half.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Also very solid and decisive in his defending, Lyons-Foster is a defender who seems to favour the standing tackle. He had a fine game against Fulham, he played the ball out really well from the back.
– Tariq Hinds: Prominent both going forward and in defending, Hinds stood out during today’s game. Particularly when he went forward, he was desperately unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
– Paris Maghoma: Some flashes of brilliance from Maghoma during the match, though a tad sloppy at times. His close ball control and forward runs caused the Fulham defence problems.
– Jamie Reynolds: Operating in his natural central midfield position rather than at left back, Reynolds produced a really good performance, very neat and composed.
– Phoenix Patterson: Patterson’s low centre of gravity and quick turn of pace were on show against Fulham, on occasions. He was creative down the right flank and switched with Mukendi on occasions, he provided a spark to the game.
– Jeremie Mukendi: Really positive performance from the fast winger, impressed me today.
– Reo Griffiths: Showcased some exquisite pieces of skill and showed some great technique throughout the game, took his goal really well to continue his fine form.
– Rodel Richards: Really good attacking cameo, gave us a different edge when he came on. Also made a magnificent crunching challenge which was much to the spectators liking.
My man of the match: Armando Shashoua. There was no player more influential than Armando Shashoua in today’s game. He’s presence was immense in a Spurs side that lacked a bit of a cutting edge going forward. He was the hardest worker on the field by a mile, he pressed ridiculously well the whole game and showed extraordinary stamina for that of a 16 year old. Operating as a number 8 (not too dissimilar to Winks in fact) he made interception after interception and instigated many of our attacking moves. He was constantly finding pockets of space and creating good passages of play through his guile and footballing brain. Such an intelligent player and a leader on the pitch, he is a player for Spurs fans to keep an eye on over the coming seasons.
Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Lock, Hinds, P Maghoma, Lyons-Foster, Omolabi, Mukendi, A Shashoua, Griffiths, Reynolds, Patterson (Richards 82). Substitutes (not used): Freeman, Pochettino, Statham, Tainio.
Goal: Reo Griffiths (52)
Under 18’s Goals scored this season: Reo Griffiths-7
Phoenix Patterson -2
Dilan Markanday- 3
Jamie Bowden- 1
Assists: Phoenix Patterson- 4
Matt Lock- 2