Spurs under 18’s 4-0 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-0 Fulham: (match report)

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Our under 18’s took on London rivals Fulham on Saturday morning at Hotspur Way, for what was another important league match for John McDermott’s title challenging side. Once again the wonder boys of Hotspur Way put in an outstanding team performance, as they picked apart a very well structured and disciplined Fulham side, by playing their passing game to great effect. McDermott’s side which was missing a whole host of important players such as Harvey White and J’Neil Bennett, managed the game extremely well. Centre halves Luis Binks and Malachi Walcott were impressive at the back, while goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi made a number of important stops. However, it was the fluidity of our play and the energy in which we played with, which proved to be far too much for Colin Omogbehin’s Fulham side on the day. Particularly during the second half which we dominated from start to finish. The ‘ Cottagers ‘ started the match well and Spurs goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi was forced into making a hugely important early save to deny Timmy Abraham. John McDermott’s side played some good football during the first half but they found it difficult to break down the Fulham defence. And they had to be wary as the visitors were quick on the break. Spurs broke the deadlock eight minutes before halftime, some fancy footwork from makeshift centre forward Rayan Clarke inside the Fulham box resulted in the 17 year old winning a penalty. Spurs captain Armando Shashoua calmly stood up to take it and his low effort came off the inside of the left post before hitting Fulham goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond and going into the back of the net. The young Lilywhites started the second half with even more energy and aggression, and it was our second goal of the game on 53 minutes which effectively killed the game. The alert Armando Shashoua was on hand to poke home Chay Cooper’s parried effort from inside the Fulham penalty area. After doubling their advantage Spurs took full control of the game as the Fulham defence started to crumble. A fantastic finish from Dilan Markanday on 65 minutes made it 3-0 to the Lilywhites, before substitute Elliot Thorpe came on to net his first ever goal at this level, to make it 4-0 in the 78th minute. The young Welshman capped off what was another seriously impressive performance from a seriously impressive young Tottenham team.

John McDermott’s side was much changed from last Sunday’s historic league game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation at Hotspur Way, on Saturday morning. Joshua Oluwayemi started in goal while a back four of Jubril Okedina, Malachi Walcott, Luis Binks and Maxwell Statham lined up in front of him. Captain Armando Shashoua and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster partnered up in central midfield while Maurizio Pochettino and Chay Cooper started out on the flanks, either side of Dilan Markanday who played in the hole. Rayan Clarke led the line for John McDermott’s side once again. Fulham got the game underway on a gloriously sunny morning in North London. After some good early movement from both sides it was Fulham who had the first real chance of the game. After right winger Harvey Elliot had embarked on a surging forward run the 15 year old slipped the ball into the feet of Fulham striker Timmy Abraham, down the left hand side of the Tottenham penalty area. However, the alert Joshua Oluwayemi  came rushing out of his goal to close Abraham’s angles down before smartly stopping and gathering his powerful low effort on goal. A couple of minutes later Abraham received a pass from Zico Asare on the edge of the Spurs box, before dragging an effort wide of Joshua Oluwayemi’s goal. Despite a couple of decent early chances for the visitors it was Spurs who were seeing considerably more of the ball. After Dilan Markanday was given the ball by Cooper on the edge of the Fulham box, he decided to let fly on his right foot. However, our under 18’s second top scorer this season ended up firing a venomous effort wide of Luca Ashby-Hammond’s goal. After Jubril Okedina had passed the ball to Markanday down the right hand side of the Fulham box, the skilful Spurs forward attempted to cut the ball back across goal in the hope of picking out Rayan Clarke however, the ball was cut out and cleared by Fulham defender Zico Asare. A good move from the visitors resulted in Harvey Elliot threading the ball into Sonny Hilton down the right side of the Spurs box. Hilton cut inside onto his left foot before trying to pass the ball to Abraham, but Okedina managed to clear it in time.

Assertive Tottenham defender Luis Binks did well to cut out Cody Drameh’s pass before it set Timmy Abraham through on goal. At the other end of the pitch the skilful Dilan Markanday did well to win a free kick right on the edge of the Fulham penalty area. Luis Binks’ resulting effort failed to test Ashby-Hammond and his powerful effort ended up flying over the Fulham goalkeepers crossbar. Joshua Oluwayemi did well to claim a corner kick from Ryan De Havilland before Spurs broke forward down the other end of the pitch. After Maxwell Statham passed the ball to Armando Shashoua, he surged forward before giving the ball back to Statham who had overlapped Shashoua, before bursting down the left side of the Fulham box. The fullbacks resulting low effort was held relatively comfortably by Fulham goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond. After coming inside from the right flank Dilan Markanday attempted to beat Ashby-Hammond with a low curling effort on goal however, the Fulham goalkeeper was equal to it and he made a decent save. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a whipped low cross into the Fulham penalty area cleared by Zico Asare, before Maurizio Pochettino had a cross cleared behind for a corner kick by Connor McAvoy. Dilan Markanday’s resulting delivery was almost met by Malachi Walcott inside the penalty area but he appeared to have his shirt tugged by Cody Drameh. However, Walcott’s subsequent appeals for a penalty were rubbished by the referee. A key moment in the game occurred shortly afterwards when Rayan Clarke was brought down unlawfully inside the Fulham penalty area. After receiving Maxwell Statham’s pass down the left side of the Fulham box, Clarke tried to take on Fulham defender Cody Drameh. After doing a couple of step overs Clarke attempted to cut inside Drameh, and it was then that the Fulham fullback stuck out a leg to bring Clarke to the ground, giving the referee no other choice but to point to the penalty spot. Captain Armando Shashoua cooly stood up to take the resulting spot kick. Shashoua’s low curling effort came off of the inside of Ashby-Hammond’s right hand post before cruelly striking the Fulham goalkeeper and going into the back of the net much to the delight of Armando Shashoua, 1-0. 

Luis Binks went on a darting run through the middle of the park before blasting an effort over Luca Ashby-Hammond’s crossbar from long range. That was to be the final piece of action from the first half. John McDermott’s side got the second half underway. After Maurizio Pochettino had managed to control Luis Binks’ pass out on the right flank, the Spurs winger whipped the ball into the danger zone but it was cleared behind for a corner kick by Zico Asare. Dilan Markanday’s resulting delivery came to Lyons-Foster at Ashby-Hammond’s near post. The defenders volleyed effort on goal struck the hand of Zico Asare before falling kindly for Luis Binks. However, the Spurs defender was excellently closed down by Ashby-Hammond who did ever so well to save his powerful, resulting effort on goal. The ball then fell to Clarke who attempted to get a shot away but it was cleared in time by Fulham defender Connor McAvoy. Armando Shashoua had an effort on goal blocked by Asare inside the Fulham box shortly afterwards. After latching onto Connor McAvoy’s long pass out on the right flank the skilful Harvey Elliot cut inside onto his left foot before firing an effort on goal. His powerful strike stung the palms of Joshua Oluwayemi who made an important save. Luca Ashby Hammond was forced to tip behind a menacing cross from Armando Shashoua as Luis Binks was lurking behind the Fulham goalkeeper. Malachi Walcott glanced Dilan Markanday’s resulting corner kick across the face of the Fulham goal. A fantastic forward pass from Binks to Shashoua on the edge of the Fulham box resulted in the Spurs captain shifting the ball out to Chay Cooper down the left side of the Fulham box. Cooper’s first time curling effort was only parried by Ashby-Hammond and Armando Shashoua was alive to the loose ball. The Spurs captain managed to get to the ball before Ashby-Hammond to poke it past the Fulham goalkeeper and into the back of the goal, 2-0. Jubril Okedina then made a good sliding challenge on Fabio Carvalho on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area to thwart a dangerous Fulham attack.

After Armando Shashoua passed the ball to Dilan Markanday the attacking midfielder sprinted through the middle of the park where he did well to hold off Fulham defender Idris Odutayo. He then attempted to thread a pass through to Clarke inside the Fulham box however, it was cut out by Asare who eventually cleared the ball. After Fabio Carvalho did well to pick out Fulham substitute Jean Pierre Tiehi the Fulham striker managed to turn around before eventually getting his shot away but it was blocked by the sliding Malachi Walcott. A couple of minutes later Armando Shashoua received the ball from Chay Cooper, Shashoua then curled an effort narrowly over Ashby-Hammond’s crossbar from over 25 yards out from goal. After Markanday passed the ball to Pochettino he shifted the ball out to Cooper on the left flank. The first year scholar came inside onto his right foot before curling an effort at goal, which Ashby-Hammond managed to gather. Spurs put the game to bed in the 65th minute of the game after Dilan Markanday emphatically made it 3-0 to the young Lilywhites. The goal was completely of Markanday’s own making, after he had managed to win the ball off of Idris Odutayo down the right flank, the 17 year old cut inside onto his left foot before continuing towards the edge of the Fulham box and rifling an unstoppable effort past Ashby-Hammond and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 3-0. John McDermott made his first change of the game shortly afterwards when he brought off Armando Shashoua for schoolboy Michael Craig. After being picked out by Fabio Carvalho inside the Spurs box substitute Showkat Ali Tahir attempted to head the ball into the back of Oluwayemi’s goal however, it was heading well wide of the goal when the decisive Luis Binks decided to get in front of Oluwayemi to clear the ball. Malachi Walcott did well to clear Fabio Carvalho’s cross before the same player managed to thread the ball down the right side of the Spurs box to Cody Drameh. The Fulham fullback was met by the outrushing Oluwayemi who managed to keep out Drameh’s low effort even if he ended up hurting himself in the process. Jean Pierre Tiehi nodded over Ryan De Havilland’s cross before Rayan Clarke attempted to dance his way into the Fulham penalty area down the other end of the pitch. 

After picking up Jubril Okedina’s pass down the right flank, Rayan Clarke cut inside onto his left foot, before dribbling his way into the Fulham penalty area where he was eventually intercepted by Sonny Hilton. Elliot Thorpe replaced Chay Cooper shortly afterwards, as McDermott’s side continued to dominate the game. Spurs should have been awarded their second penalty of the game after Cody Drameh fouled Rayan Clarke down the left side of the Fulham box, without getting any of the ball. The referee decided to take no further action. A good move resulted in Craig passing the ball to Thorpe he then gave the ball to Lyons-Foster down the left side of the Fulham box, but he ended up firing the ball across the face of Ashby-Hammond’s goal, and the Fulham goalkeeper ended up managing to gather the ball. Spurs made it 4-0 in the 78th minute through substitute Elliot Thorpe. Another good move led to the goal, after Clarke passed the ball to Craig down the left wing the Scotland under 17 international whipped a delightful ball into the penalty area, where he managed to pick out Thorpe at the back post. The 18 year old managed to just guide the ball past Ashby-Hammond and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 4-0. Thorpe celebrated his first ever competitive goal at this level, emphatically. Rafferty Pedder replaced Dilan Markanday shortly afterwards and it didn’t take the 16 year old long before he touched the ball. After being found by Binks down the right side of the Fulham penalty area Pedder flashed the ball dangerously, across the face of Ashby-Hammond’s goal. After receiving Malachi Walcott’s lofted pass out on the left flank, Pedder then knocked the ball down to Clarke who gave the ball back to Pedder down the left hand side of the box. However, the midfielder ended up firing the ball into the side netting. Luis Binks did well to clear Ryan De Havilland’s cross. De Havilland then managed to force a save out of Joshua Oluwayemi after he headed Cody Drameh’s cross straight at the Spurs goalkeeper, who was able to hold the ball.

The referee blew the final whistle a couple of seconds later to bring an end to another dominant Tottenham win. Once again McDermott’s young side were fantastic from start to finish. Everything from their defending to their passing and game management was of the highest quality. Spurs remain one point behind league leaders Arsenal in the table after the ‘ Gunners ‘ beat Swansea 8-0 on Saturday. We face Arsenal on Tuesday afternoon at their Colney training ground, in what could prove to be a deciding match. However, Spurs do still have a game in hand against Chelsea to look forward to. 

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The 17 year old shot stopper had a really good game on Saturday. Oluwayemi impressed in his all round game especially in how he dealt with corner kicks and set pieces. However, the second year scholar made four important saves including a massive one to keep out Timmy Abraham so early on in the game. Had Abraham had managed to score that then it would have been an entirely different game of football. 
  • Jubril Okedina: It was another rock solid performance from the 18 year old at right back. The South Londoner defended extremely well against dangerous left winger Fabio Carvalho who he managed to nullify for the entirety of the game. Okedina played with a lot of a confidence about him, and his decision making as well as his reading of the game was very impressive.
  • Malachi Walcott: The right sided centre half put in a strong defensive performance alongside Luis Binks. Walcott made many important blocks, interceptions, challenges and clearances on Saturday and he always managed to get himself into good defensive positions. The England under 17 international made an very important sliding block to deny an almost certain goal for Jean Pierre Tiehi during the second half.
  • Luis Binks: My motm, see below.
  • Maxwell Statham: Like the rest of the defenders Maxwell Statham had a very solid game in the unfamiliar position of left back against Fulham. Statham managed to keep the skilful Harvey Elliot in check for large periods of Saturday’s game. Statham stayed deep and he defended with aplomb. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: It was interesting to see the second year scholar start in central midfield for our under 18’s. Lyons-Foster operated as a CDM alongside Shashoua and the ball playing centre half slotted into the anchorman role with such ease. The 18 year old did a really good job at breaking up play and keeping things moving in the middle of the park. The amount of challenges that he won was seriously impressive. Lyons-Foster would play the final moments of the game at centre half after he switched positions with Malachi Walcott. 
  • Armando Shashoua: The Spurs captain had a tremendous influence on Saturday’s game from central midfield. The tireless midfielder put in a fantastic shift for John McDermott’s side and he managed to impact the game at both ends of the pitch. Shashoua helped to open up the Fulham defence with his driving forward runs and excellent dribbling, he also helped Lyons-Foster to break up play and recycle possession. However, it was the 18 year olds involvement in two of our goals which will get him a lot of the plaudits. Although it would go down as an own goal, Shashoua did well to tuck away his first half penalty before then showing the awareness to poke home a second goal during the second half. Armando has been directly involved in 19 goals for our under 18 side this season!
  • Maurizio Pochettino: Another player who had an excellent game today was right winger Maurizio Pochettino. On his 18th birthday Pochettino put in one of his best performances of the season for our under 18‘s. The second year scholar caused numerous problems for Fulham’s right back Cody Drameh with his many mazy runs and impressive close ball control. Pochettino played with real flair and he created some good chances for his teammates, while also tracking back well after himself. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The 17 year old had another lively game as a CAM against Fulham, where he chipped in with a goal. Markanday’s clever jinking runs through the middle of the pitch helped to open up the ‘ Cottagers ‘ defence. Markanday’s movement was impressive and he managed to get himself into some good goalscoring positions. Markanday’s fantastic second half strike makes him our under 18’s joint top scorer this season with 12 goals. The North Londoner continues to come up with moments of magic when it matters.
  • Chay Cooper: This was a rare start for the first year scholar who completed  75 minutes of Saturday’s game out on the left wing. Cooper made a positive contribution to the game and one thing he always managed to do well was create space for himself out on the left wing. Cooper went on some positive attacking forays and he whipped some good crosses into the danger zone. He also managed to test Luca Ashby-Hammond on a number of occasions and he got the assist for Armando Shashoua’s second half goal, after the Fulham goalkeeper could only parry Cooper’s shot on goal.
  • Rayan Clarke: The 17 year old led the line well despite his lack of experience playing as a centre forward. Clarke’s movement was good and I thought that he held the ball up well. He also did well to win us a penalty in the first half and after he switched out onto the left wing during the latter stages of the game he posed much more of an offensive threat.
  • Michael Craig: On only his second ever appearance for our under 18’s the schoolboy and Scotland under 17 international impressed me once again during his second half cameo. Craig showed good vision during his time on the pitch and his passing was nice and crisp. The midfielder did well to assist Elliot Thorpe’s late goal after sending a lovely cross into the Fulham box for Thorpe to latch onto.
  • Elliot Thorpe: It was an eventful 15 midfielder cameo for the technically gifted midfielder who operated as a CAM during his time on the pitch. Thorpe linked up well with the forwards and he showed good off the ball movement which was rewarded with him scoring a late header. That was the 18 year olds first ever competitive goal for Spurs at this level. 
  • Rafferty Pedder: The 16 year old came off the bench to make only his fifth appearance for John McDermott’s side this season. The central midfielder had a bright albeit brief late cameo, where he did catch my eye. Pedder went on one good darting run through the middle of the park and he also came close to scoring a goal after he fired the ball into the side netting late on. He is a very fast player who has a good low centre of gravity.

My man of the match: 17 year old Luis Binks was once again my man of the match after he put in another sterling performance at LCB for our inform under 18 side. This was another extremely impressive performance from the England under 18 international, and his qualities not only as a defender but as a leader really stood out on the day. Binks marshalled the back four by example and like his partner at centre half Malachi Walcott, Binks’ positioning and decision making was second to none. The Gillingham born defender defended well against two good centre forwards in Timmy Abraham and Jean Pierre Tiehi. He was dominant in the air, committed in the challenge but above all else Luis Binks took charge of the Spurs defence, and his confidence and defensive nous played a big part in us overcoming Fulham on Saturday. Apart from all of his important defensive interventions and blocks and challenges, it was Binks’ excellent passing through the middle of the pitch which was perhaps his greatest contribution to the game. He pinged some excellent passes out to Maurizio Pochettino on the right flank and an excellent defence splitting pass from the 17 year old helped to create our second goal of the game. It was an excellent all round performance from the first year scholar.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Statham, Lyons-Foster, Walcott, Binks, Pochettino, Shashoua (C) (Craig 68), Clarke, Markanday (Pedder 79), Cooper (Thorpe 75). Substitutes (not used): De Bie.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Troy Parrott – 12

Dilan Markanday – 12

J’Neil Bennett –  9

Rayan Clarke – 8

Armando Shashoua – 7

Rodel Richards – 5

Harvey White – 5

Luis Binks – 3

Paris Maghoma – 3

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Jeremie Mukendi – 2

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Phoenix Patterson – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Jubril Okedina – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Assists: Harvey White – 12

Armando Shashoua – 12

Rayan Clarke – 8

Troy Parrott – 6

Jamie Bowden – 5

Phoenix Patterson – 4

Dilan Markanday – 4

Rodel Richards – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Paris Maghoma – 2

Luis Binks – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Maxwell Statham – 1

Jeremie Mukendi – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Nile John – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Chay Cooper – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 7

Jonathan De Bie – 1

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