Spurs under 18’s 2-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Our under 18’s took on West Ham United in a London derby on Saturday morning, in game week five of the under 18 premier league south. Matt Taylor’s side contested a fierce match in the morning sun at Hotspur Way, as West Ham ran out narrow winners in an exciting end to end game. The ‘ Hammers ‘ opened the scoring on nine minutes through Kai Corbett and the score would stay like that at the break. Spurs were a lot more aggressive during the second half and they scored an equaliser on 51 minutes through Enock Asante. However, West Ham regained their lead four minutes later through Veron Parkes before Spurs drew level again, this time through Chay Cooper. Both sides went in search of that all important winning goal and it was the visitors who managed to find it courtesy of a thumping finish from Sam Caiger as Spurs’ two game winning run came to an abrupt end. Matt Taylor’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the vocal Kacper Kurylowicz starting in goal. A back four consisting of Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, captain Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Matthew Craig and Max Robson anchored the midfield while Chay Cooper and Tarrelle Whittaker operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Second year scholar Enock Asante led the line for Spurs. The young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ got Saturday mornings game underway in front of a fair crowd at Hotspur Way. The first chance of the game came Spurs’ way after Max Robson sent a cross into the West Ham penalty area, Spurs striker Enock Asante managed to connect with the ball but his header lacked power and it was saved by ‘ Hammers ‘ goalkeeper Kristian Hegyi. A couple of minutes later left winger Tarrelle Whittaker won a free kick right on the edge of the West Ham box. However, Rafferty Pedder’s resulting whipped effort was saved by Hegyi. West Ham took the lead against the run of play shortly afterwards. After Veron Parkes passed the ball to Kai Corbett in the Spurs box the West Ham winger tucked the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal from around seven yards out from goal.

 Spurs were just patiently knocking the ball around the park as the half progressed. After receiving the ball Dermi Lusala gave the ball to Max Robson inside the West Ham box but the Tottenham midfielder dragged his effort wide of Kristian Hegyi’s goal. A couple of minutes later Kamarai Simon-Swyer headed Jake Giddings cross into the arms of Kacper Kurylowicz. A long ball from Luis Binks up to Rafferty Pedder was laid onto Enock Asante by the Spurs midfielder but the Spurs strikers resulting effort was blocked by Iyiola Adebayo. A sloppy pass from Matthew Craig resulted in Kai Corbett latching onto the ball but he fired it over Kurylowicz’s crossbar from long range. The ‘ Hammers ‘ were more aggressive than us and it was starting to show. Veron Parkes latched onto Joshua Okotcha’s long ball over the top of the Spurs defence before firing an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Luis Binks then cleared away Kamarai Simon-Swyer’s cross before Kai Corbett had a low drilled effort saved by Kacper Kurylowicz. Enock Asante came inside from the right flank before firing an effort over Kristian Hegyi’s crossbar before a good move resulted in Max Robson passing the ball to Rafferty Pedder who in turn passed it to Chay Cooper on the right flank, but his resulting cross was gathered by Kristian Hegyi. Marqes Muir blocked Kai Corbett’s shot before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Matt Taylor made a change at the break as Kion Etete replaced Rafferty Pedder. West Ham got the game back underway. After Kion Etete had latched onto Matthew Craig’s long ball inside the West Ham box the Spurs striker forced a low albeit fairly comfortable save out of Kristian Hegyi at his far post. Spurs drew level shortly afterwards. After the speedy Tarrelle Whittaker had beaten Will Greenidge down the left flank the Spurs winger whipped the ball into the West Ham danger zone where he managed to pick out Enock Asante who emphatically volleyed the ball past Kristian Hegyi to draw Spurs level. Shortly after the restart Kacper Kurylowicz did well to claw away a menacing cross from Jake Giddings as Spurs started to play with a higher intensity about their game.

Luis Binks cleared away Jake Giddings cross before Spurs conceded a free kick right on the edge of their own penalty area. Veron Parkes elected to take the following free kick and he whipped a fantastic effort in off Kurylowicz’s right hand post and into the top left hand corner of the goal. Shortly after the restart Gael Kileba came in from the left wing before curling an effort wide of goal. Tarrelle Whittaker had a cross gathered by Kristian Hegyi before Kion Etete shot wide after coming in from the left flank. Captain Luis Binks then fired an effort well wide of Kristian Hegyi’s goal from long range as Kallum Cesay urged his teammates to ‘ be patient ‘ for the remainder of the game. Etete then fed  the ball into Whittaker who fired an effort wide of goal, before Spurs drew level for the second time in the game. A quick passing move ended in Chay Cooper playing a clever one two with Enock Asante down the right hand side of the Wet Ham box, before the former curled a nice effort in off Kristian Hegyi’s right hand post, 2-2. The alert Luis Binks cleared Jake Giddings free kick before the Spurs captain made a really well timed challenge on Gael Kileba on the edge of the Spurs box to thwart a dangerous West Ham attack. A good Spurs move resulted in Max Robson passing the ball to Enock Asante who fed in Kion Etete whose low first time effort on the edge of the West Ham box was saved by Kristian Hegyi. Marqes Muir was shown a yellow card before Spurs made their second change of the game when Romaine Mundle came on for Chay Cooper. However, West Ham regained the lead for the third time in the game on 77 minutes through left back Sam Caiger. After Gael Kileba’s shot was blocked by Marqes Muir inside the Spurs box the ball came to Caiger who fired an unstoppable effort past Kurylowicz and into the middle of the Spurs goal, 2-3. After Tarrelle Whittaker passed the ball to Kion Etete in the West Ham box he fired a deflected wide on the turn. Eddie Carrington replaced Tarrelle Whittaker shortly afterwards. Marqes Muir then made a fine interception on Jake Giddings inside the Spurs box.

Jake Giddings then curled an effort over from the left flank before Luis Binks was shown a yellow card for a foul on Veron Parkes. After Gael Kileba had passed the ball to Veron Parkes inside the Spurs box it looked as if the ‘ Hammers ‘ were going to make it 4-2 but Luis Binks made a timely interception. Kion Etete then fired an effort wide from down the left hand side of the West Ham box in what turned out to be the final piece of action of the game. Spurs’ next game is away to Southampton, next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: Extremely vocal and commanding inside his penalty area Kurylowicz made two saves during yesterday’s game. Kurylowicz dealt well with crosses and set pieces.
  • Kallum Cesay: The extremely hardworking right back showed great stamina throughout Saturday’s high intensity match. Cesay made some good challenges and interceptions and he was generally very solid up against West Ham winger Kamarai Simon-Swyer.
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB showed good strength on the ball and he had some nice moments in the game.
  • Luis Binks: The Spurs captain was one of our better performers on the day and he made several well timed challenges and interceptions including that excellent one on Gael Kileba during the second half. Binks’ passing was good and he was also dominant in the air, and an effective leader too.
  • Dermi Lusala: Particularly good at going forward down the left flank Lusala also did a good job at limiting the attacking threat of West Ham winger Kai Corbett.
  • Matthew Craig: Generally the 16 year old was tidy in the middle of the park.
  • Max Robson: Tidy and good at going forwards, Robson linked up well with Spurs striker Enock Asante.
  • Chay Cooper: After a quiet first half Cooper came to life during the second half and he scored a well taken goal to level up the scores for Spurs.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The CAM was surprisingly taken off at halftime after putting in what I thought was a good performance. Pedder had some nice touches, his movement and link up play also impressed me.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The very one footed left winger set up Enock Asante’s leveller and his pace and skill would go onto cause major problems for West Ham fullback Will Greenidge.
  • Enock Asante: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kion Etete: The Spurs striker had a decent second half performance and he  came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions. Etete shielded and held up the ball well. 
  • Romaine Mundle: The midfielder showed good energy in the middle of the park and his passing was neat and tidy. 
  • Eddie Carrington: The winger showed good pace down the left flank during his short time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Enock Asante played the first half at centre forward before shifting out onto the right flank for the second half. Asante showed good movement and strength on the ball and he held it up well. Furthermore the second year scholar took his second half goal very confidently and he was involved in some nice intricate play to assist Chay Cooper’s goal. It was a very positive all round performance from Asante who is beginning to look sharper and more dangerous by each passing game.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Lusala, Matthew Craig, Muir, Binks (c), Cooper (Mundle 75), Robson, Asante, Pedder (Etete 46), Whittaker (Carrington 80). Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Alonso.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:


Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 2

Kion Etete –  2

Kallum Cesay – 1

Max Robson – 1

Tarrelle Whittaker – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1


Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Chay Cooper – 1

Max Robson – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Dermi Lusala – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Kacper Kurylowicz – 1

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