Spurs under 19’s 2-2 Vitesse Arnhem: (match report)
Our under 19’s final group game of the Terborg tournament turned out to be somewhat of a thriller. Wayne Burnett’s side knew that they only needed a point to book their place in tomorrow’s semifinals going into Saturdays game. And it looked as if Spurs would comfortably achieve their aim such was their strangle hold on the game. A dramatic end to end encounter with chances aplenty at both ends of the pitch, Spurs were the better team for large periods of Saturdays match against the Dutch club. And after they took the lead through Dilan Markanday in the second half it seemed as if they would coast to victory. However, Vitesse responded not once but twice and Spurs wouldn’t have qualified for the semifinals but for a fabulous late free kick from substitute Harvey White to level up the scores once again. Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurlyowicz started in goal while a back four of Jubril Okedina, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Jamie Bowden and Armando Shashoua started in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Phoenix Patterson started either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder who was behind makeshift centre forward and captain Jack Roles. Vitesse got the game underway and it was the Dutch club who managed the first goal attempt of the game after number 14 forced a save out of Kurylowicz with a powerful low effort from long range. A free kick which was taken by Phoenix Patterson at the other end, was headed away by a Vitesse defender to Jack Roles inside their penalty area however, the Spurs man fired the ball over the crossbar on the turn. Spurs had a penalty shout waived away soon afterwards when Dilan Markanday’s cross appeared to be handled by number 22 inside the Vitesse penalty area. The lively start to the game continued and Kacper Kurylowicz was on hand to save 22’s dipping header after he connected with 14’s corner. Jonathan Dinzeyi then managed to block a shot from Vitesse’s number nine on the edge of the Spurs box. Spurs then attacked down the other end of the pitch through Markanday who managed to win a free kick out on the right flank. Markanday stepped up to take the resulting free kick, he whipped the ball into the oppositions penalty area where it was met by Binks who rose high to meet the ball however, his header took a deflection off a Vitesse defender before it was gathered by their goalkeeper.
Vitesse Arnhem responded through their number 16 who was allowed to dribble his way into the Tottenham penalty area before testing Kurylowicz with a curling effort which the Polish youth international saved. Their number five then fired an effort narrowly over Kurylowicz’s crossbar from long range. Spurs had one last chance before the referee blew his whistle for halftime, that came from a Phoenix Patterson corner kick however, it was volleyed over the goal by defender Jonathan Dinzeyi. Spurs made a change early on in the second half when they brought on Kion Etete for Rafferty Pedder as Spurs looked for a focal point up top. Jack Roles was adamant that number 22 had handled his pass which was intended for Kion Etete inside the Vitesse penalty area but the referee waived away Roles’ protests. Spurs took the lead shortly afterwards. A lovely passing move ended with the lively Shashoua passing the ball out to Patterson on the left wing. Patterson whipped in a cross into the Vitesse penalty area which Markanday was able to volley into the middle of the goal, 1-0. Phoenix Patterson made way for Rayan Clarke a couple of minutes later as Spurs looked to regroup. However, Spurs were unable to hold onto their lead and less than five minutes after scoring the young Lilywhites conceded. A teasing whipped free kick from number 22 was only partly cleared by Jonathan Dinzeyi and the ball came down to number eight inside the Spurs box and his powerfully struck effort deflected off of Dinzeyi before beating De Bie and going into the back of the net, 1-1. Then shortly after the restart things got even worse for Wayne Burnett’s side as Vitesse took the lead from a corner kick. Number 11’s corner kick wasn’t dealt with and it came to number 22 at the back post and he was able to just guide his header past Kurylowicz and into the top left hand corner of the goal, 1-2. A shellshocked Spurs side tried to respond. Jack Roles fired an effort over the Vitesse goal on the half volley as Spurs started to throw bodies forward. Dennis Cirkin was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards for pulling back a Vitesse player and he was duly replaced by Harvey White a matter of moments later. Kion Etete got a header wrong after he connected with a Jamie Bowden free kick and the Vitesse goalkeeper was able to safely gather the ball.
Number 11 fired an effort narrowly over Kurylowicz’s crossbar after he galloped forward down the right wing. Jamie Bowden then had a low shot blocked by number 17 as the clock ticked down. Then during the final moments of the game Dilan Markanday won a free kick after he was fouled out on the right flank. The newly introduced Harvey White stood up to curl a beautiful effort past everybody in the box and into the top left hand corner of the goal sparking jubilant celebrations from the Spurs players, 2-2. Jamie Bowden was shown a yellow card for a foul on number eight before Luis Binks cleared a late cross from number 22 as Spurs held on to book their place in tomorrow’s semi final against FC Midtjylland.
- Kacper Kurylowicz: Vocal and impressive in his all round game, the 17 year old goalkeeper made three saves in total on Saturday and I thought that he did himself proud on what was his first ever competitive appearance at this level. Kurylowicz had a strong game and his decision making and distribution was good on the day.
- Jubril Okedina: It was another very strong performance at right back as he defended against his man well for the entirety of Saturdays game. He also made a number of really timely interceptions and challenges.
- Jonathan Dinzeyi: It was a good performance from the RCB who was excellent in the air and strong in the challenge against Vitesse. He also brought the ball out well from the back.
- Luis Binks: Like Dinzeyi Luis Binks had a strong game and he marshalled the defence well while also making some important defensive interventions.
- Dennis Cirkin: Strong and committed, young Dennis Cirkin defended well down the left hand side of the pitch.
- Jamie Bowden: A tenacious performance with plenty of bite and flair about him. Jamie Bowden dictated the play from central midfield and he created some good goal scoring chances for Wayne Burnett’s side.
- Armando Shashoua: My motm, see below.
- Dilan Markanday: The 17 year old went on some good runs and he took his goal nicely.
- Rafferty Pedder: Injected energy into the game and his passing was crisp while his movement was nice and sharp.
- Phoenix Patterson: Tracked back excellently after him and did well to set up Dilan Markanday’s opener.
- Jack Roles: Led the line well and he also did a good job as a CAM. He got himself really involved in the game.
- Kion Etete: Held the ball up really well during the second half.
- Rayan Clarke: N/A.
- Harvey White: The late introduction of Harvey White proved to be key to Spurs getting a draw. The 17 year old who came on at left back scored a glorious late free kick to book Spurs’ place in the semifinals of the tournament.
My man of the match: A thorn in Vitesse’s side throughout today’s encounter, the tigerish midfielder had an excellent game for Wayne Burnett’s side. Shashoua was a real live wire in central midfield, constantly popping up all over the place (particularly down the left flank) and initiating chances for Spurs. Shashoua won a lot of balls and created a lot of chances for his teammates. The 18 year old was also involved in Dilan Markanday’s opening goal and his weight of pass on the day was glorious. t was a very intelligent performance from a very intelligent young player!
Spurs under 19’s 0-0 Flamengo: (match report)
Our under 19’s second group game of this years Terborg tournament was against Brazilian club Flamengo who, like Spurs had won their opening group game on day one of the tournament. Wayne Burnett’s side battled hard once again on Saturday morning in what was a tightly fought affair. Flamengo were defensively solid however, they were dangerous on the break and the young Lilywhites had goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie to thank on more than one occasion. Spurs on the other hand were solid but they were a bit off the pace at times in the game, unlike when they played Ajax Cape Town yesterday. In the end Spurs and Flamengo had to settle for a goalless draw meaning that it is all to play for in their final group games later today. I must apologise in advance for referring to the Flamengo players by their numbers as I was unable to get hold of a team sheet. Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday as Jonathan De Bie started in goal, while a back four of Jubril Okedina, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and captain Jamie Bowden anchored the midfield whilst Rayan Clarke and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rodel Richards who played behind striker Kion Etete. Flamengo got the game underway and early on in the game their number seven went on a good run down the right flank, beating Dennis Cirkin before attempting to square the ball for number nine inside the Spurs box however, Jubril Okedina was on hand to clear it. Jonathan De Bie then did well to palm away a cross from Flamengo’s number two before number eight shot wide from long range. A couple of moments later De Bie was on hand to claim number sixes free kick as the pressure intensified from the Brazilians. After coming inside from the left flank Flamengo’s number eight fired an effort wide of De Bie’s goal. Spurs were just knocking the ball about as they looked to respond to Flamengo’s early attacking onslaught. After going on a surging run down the left flank J’Neil Bennett came inside onto his right foot before having a pop on goal but it was blocked by number three. At the other end of the pitch Jamie Bowden was able to block a shot from number 11. During the opening stages of the game imperious Tottenham centre back Luis Binks had made a number of important interceptions and him and Lyons-Foster were doing a good job at snuffing out danger.
A corner which was delivered by number six and flicked on by two resulted in number four coming close to taking the lead from an overhead kick, but his effort flew narrowly over De Bie’s crossbar. Luis Binks then did well to cut out number fives through ball which had been intended for number nine. Unfortunately an injury picked up by J’Neil Bennett early on in the game meant that he had to leave the field, he was replaced by Dilan Markanday as Rayan Clarke switched flanks shortly before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Spurs got the second half underway but once again it was Flamengo who threatened first. 11’s through ball would have set number ten racing through on goal but for a timely interception from Jubril Okedina who came across his man to get to the ball. At the other end of the pitch Dilan Markanday won a free kick out on the right flank. Harvey White’s delivery was headed over the bar by Kion Etete. Lyons-Foster blocked a shot from number nine inside the Spurs box before a defence splitting pass from number eight caused problems for Spurs. The ball ran past Luis Binks who was back defending for Spurs and onto number 11 who raced into the Spurs box before pulling the trigger. However, his powerful effort was superbly touched over the crossbar by the alert De Bie. Number six then fired an effort wide from over 20 yards out before Luis Binks headed over from a Harvey White free kick. After beating Dennis Cirkin for pace down the right hand side, Flamengo’s dangerous number seven cut inside onto his left foot before firing an effort at goal. De Bie parried his powerful effort before smothering the loose ball before seven could get to it again. Spurs tried to respond, Jamie Bowden had an effort blocked by a Flamengo defender on the edge of their penalty area. Burnett introduced some fresh legs by bringing on yesterday’s goal scorer Phoenix Patterson for Rayan Clarke. There was a bit of a skirmish between both sets of players shortly afterwards, after Flamengo’s number nine left his boot in on De Bie while attempting to get to the ball. Luis Binks got involved in the skirmish for Spurs and he ended up being hit in the face by number nine who was waving his arms about. Somehow the referees verdict was to give both him and Binks yellow cards.
Harvey White was replaced by Armando Shashoua for the remaining minutes of the game. After going on a mazy forward run Dilan Markanday eventually had a shot blocked by number three on the edge of the Flamengo penalty area as both sides started to ramp up the pressure. Spurs had a scare after number nine was allowed to run freely down the right flank before cutting inside and testing De Bie with a stinging effort on goal. De Bie parried the ball and number 11 ended up firing over on the follow up much to the Belgians relief. Spurs attacked straight down the other end and after Shashoua won a free kick, Patterson tested the Flamengo goalkeeper with a powerful low effort on goal. A couple of minutes later Patterson received a pass from Jamie Bowden on the edge of the Flamengo box. However, his resulting effort on goal was blocked by a defender and Rodel Richards’ resulting effort was also blocked by a Flamengo defender. Flamengo had a late penalty shout waived away by the referee after number twos cross struck the arm of Dennis Cirkin inside the Spurs box. Luis Binks cleared behind a cross from the same player a matter of moments later as Burnett prepared one last Tottenham sub. He brought on Jonathan Dinzeyi for Rodel Richards however, there was no time for the 19 year old to affect the game and the final whistle was sounded shortly after his introduction. Spurs’ next and final group game is against Vitesse Arnhem this afternoon.
- Jonathan De Bie: My motm, see below.
- Jubril Okedina: It was another strong performance from Okedina at right back. He was comfortable on the ball and he read the game well against Flamengo’s potent number 11. The 18 year old made an extremely important interception during the first half to prevent a Flamengo player from going through on goal.
- Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Solid and decisive. The 18 year old defended superbly well alongside Luis Binks as they helped to keep the dangerous Flamengo front line at bay.
- Luis Binks: The authoritative Luis Binks performed his duties diligently at LCB alongside Lyons-Foster. Binks made some very important interceptions and he was dominant in the air. He also demonstrated good leadership skills throughout the game.
- Dennis Cirkin: Solid and alert to danger, Cirkin stayed deep and helped us to quell the threat that Flamengo posed.
- Harvey White: White kept things ticking in the middle of the park and he did a good job at breaking up play and recycling possession.
- Jamie Bowden: Like White, Bowden kept things moving for Spurs in the centre of the park and the industrious 17 year old made some nice ambitious forward passes.
- Rayan Clarke: The 18 year old went on some good runs down both the left and right wing during his time on the pitch.
- Rodel Richards: The second year scholar led the line well and he got himself into some good goalscoring positions.
- J’Neil Bennett: Before his injury Bennett posed a threat down the left flank.
- Kion Etete: Held the ball up well.
- Dilan Markanday: He went on some good tricky runs.
- Armando Shashoua: N/A.
- Phoenix Patterson: N/A.
My man of the match: Goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie made three hugely important saves on Saturday morning and the quality of his all round performance was of the highest order. Without the Belgian we would have lost the game!