Spurs under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Our under 18’s face bitter rivals Arsenal tomorrow in their latest game in the premier league south at the ‘ Gunners ‘ Shenley based training centre. Matt Taylor’s side have won three and lost four of their seven league games this season, but they won’t have played one as important as this. Arsenal who are managed by Ken Gillard occupy eighth spot in the league table after picking up seven points. Some of the ‘ Gunners ‘ danger men to look out for tomorrow (if they ever let people in to watch their games!) include goal scoring midfielder Ben Cottrell, forwards Sam Greenwood and Alfie Matthews, as well as Ireland under 19 international and defender Mazeed Ogungbo. This will be a tough game for Spurs however, Arsenal weren’t what they were last season, and like Spurs they have struggled for form so far this campaign. Spurs could be missing a number of players through injury and inclusion in the clubs development side however, I still expect Taylor to form a very strong side for this north London derby.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Walcott, Cirkin (c), John, Robson, Bennett, Pedder, Cooper, Asante.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Santiago, Whitaker, Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Arsenal centre forward Alfie Matthews, who has found the back of the net on three occasions so far this season. Matthews is a second year scholar. 

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Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s return to PL2 action tomorrow night when they host Leicester City at the Lamex stadium, in Stevenage. In Wayne Burnett’s sides last game they managed to impressively defeat league two side Colchester United in the Leasing.com trophy, on penalties. Wayne Burnett will be hoping that his young side can put in a similar team performance when they take on the ‘ Foxes ‘. Leicester occupy ninth spot in the P2 division one table, after picking up seven points from their opening seven league games. Spurs on the other hand have not won a league game since August, so they’ll be looking to change that tomorrow. Leicester are a physical side who have some talented players in their ranks. 20 year old centre forward George Hirst is the ‘ Foxes ‘ main danger man however, attacking left back Luke Thomas (England youth international) and centre half Calvin Ughelumba are other players to keep an eye on. This is a game that Spurs will be desperate to win although it will be a tough game for our development side. However, it will be interesting to see if Wayne Burnett sticks with the team which overcame Colchester United. That night Spurs started two second year scholars in central defence, Malachi Walcott and Luis Binks. Both performed excellently against the league two club. I shall be in attendance tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing how Spurs lineup. My in-depth match report of the game will be out on Sunday afternoon. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Binks, Hinds, Maghoma, Bowden (c), Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Okedina, White, Pochettino, Patterson.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-0. 

My one to watch: George Hirst. Leicester’s 20 year old centre forward who has previously played for Sheffield Wednesday and OH Leuven’s first team. The physical George Hirst has found the back of the net on three occasions from his five appearances for Leicester’s under 23 side this season, and he definitely remains one to watch tomorrow night.

Some notes on Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden’s performance against Denmark under 19’s:

Some notes on Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden’s performance against Denmark under 19’s:

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It was a proud moment for Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden (18) on Friday night as he made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s under 19 side. The London born Bowden completed the full 90 minutes of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark, at the Sligo Showgrounds. I am currently over in Derry on holiday, so I made the three hour trip down to Sligo on Friday evening to watch young Jamie make his debut for the ‘ Boys In Green ‘. And it was an overwhelmingly positive performance from Bowden, who really grew into Friday’s game and he asserted himself well on what was a closely fought battle. The north Londoner wore the number six shirt on a chilly evening in Sligo however, he operated at RCM. In the following piece I will be going through Jamie’s performance in chronological order, kick by kick. Bowden operated at RCM as Ireland lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Alongside Jamie in central midfield was Celtic midfielder Barry Coffey. Jamie Bowden delivered an early corner kick into the Denmark penalty area, but it was headed away by Denmark defender Tobias Anker before being fired over the crossbar by Barry Coffey. A second corner kick was played short to Armstrong Oko-Flex shortly afterwards, but nothing came of it. A couple of minutes later, and after winning the ball off of Gustav Morgensen by making a sliding challenge, Bowden tried his luck on goal however, his resulting curling effort flew wide of goal. Sitting just in front of the Ireland back four, Bowden was dropping into some good pockets of space during the early stages of the game, but he was playing with real caution. He was also always looking to receive the ball, just like when he plays for Spurs. After giving the ball away to Gustav Morgensen in a dangerous position, Morgensen eventually tested Ireland goalkeeper with Jimmy Corcoran with a testing low drive. Bowden soon made up for his error by breaking up a dangerous attack from Ahmed Dagim, before giving the ball to Andrew Omobamidele who cleared it away from danger. Bowden had a low whipped corner into the penalty area which evaded everyone, before he passed the ball out to Arsenal’s Mazeed Ogungbo on the left flank, but his resulting whipped cross was cleared away by a Denmark defender.

Young Jamie then had a promising corner kick punched clear by Denmark goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas Hansen, before he had a whipped cross into the Denmark box cleared away by a defender. After winning a free kick out on the left flank, Bowden opted to take it. His resulting pumped ball into the danger zone was volleyed wide by Ireland captain Oisin McEntee. Bowden was becoming sharper and more assertive as the game progressed. Bowden had a sprayed pass to Armstrong Oko-Flex cut out on the left flank by Thomas Gundelund, before he sprayed a nice pass out to Mazeed Ogungbo on the left flank. Shortly before the end of the first half Bowden played an ambitious lofted forward pass up to Ireland centre forward Ryan Cassidy, but the Watford man failed to control the ball. Denmark took the lead on the stroke of halftime through Ahmed Dagim. Bowden had a corner kick cleared away by Tobias Anker at the beginning of the first half, before he embarked on a nice surging run through the middle of the park. Bowden eventually threaded a well weighted pass through to Armstrong Oko-Flex down the left side of Denmark penalty area but he squared it for Ryan Cassidy who was eventually intercepted by a Denmark defender. The Spurs midfielder had another sprayed pass to Armstrong Oko-Flex cut out before he had an ambitious through ball towards Ryan Cassidy cut out by Tobias Anker. Bowden sprayed another nice pass out to Armstrong Oko-Flex on the left flank before shifting the ball out to Andrew Omobamidele on the opposite flank. Bowden had really grown in confidence during the second half and he was playing some really positive forward passes. One such pass from Jamie was the pass of the game. After picking the ball up in central midfield Bowden played a glorious disguised through ball to Armstrong Oko-Flex down the left side of the Denmark penalty  area, but the Celtic mans resulting powerful effort was pushed away by Denmark goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas Hansen.

Jamie Bowden then delivered a corner kick into the Denmark box but it was headed over by former Spurs schoolboy Timi Sobowale. After Ireland had won a free kick down the left flank, Bowden’s resulting delivery was cleared away by a Denmark defender, a couple of minutes before he had another long pass cut out. Bowden had really grown in confidence in the game and the quality and precision of his forward passing during the second half was very good. After playing a lovely pass out to substitute Festy Ebosele on the right flank, Ireland won a free kick which Bowden delivered, but it was punched away by Nicolas Defreitas Hansen. This was a very positive performance from Jamie Bowden who asserted himself really well on the game, and made some excellent forward passes while also doing a sterling job at sitting in front of the Ireland defence. This is hopefully the first of many Ireland caps for the 18 year old Londoner.

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Colchester United (Spurs won 6-5 on penalties): (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Colchester United (Spurs won 6-5 on penalties): (match report)

Our development side took on league two club Colchester United on Tuesday night, in our second group game of this seasons Leasing.com trophy. Wayne Burnett’s side needed to win the game to stand any chance of progressing out of the group. Spurs put in a really positive performance at the Colchester Community stadium, it was a performance which showed great team spirit and resilience. Burnett’s young side played some good football during the first half however, they went behind on 44 minutes after Colchester opened the scoring. Spurs fought back during the second half and once again they played some nice, positive, attacking football. The young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ hard work was rewarded on 75 minutes when Tashan Oakley-Boothe drew Spurs level, after being set up by TJ Eyoma, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. However, to determine who would get the extra bonus point the game would go to a penalty shoot out. And it was Spurs who came out of it victorious, coming out of it 6-5 winners to keep their chances of qualifying from the group still alive. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Jonathan De Bie started in goal. A back four consisting of TJ Eyoma, Malachi Walcott, Luis Binks and Tariq Hinds lined up in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Harvey White anchored the midfield, as Armando Shashoua played in the hole behind striker Rodel Richards, while Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks. Spurs got the game underway on a chilly evening in Essex. A good early move from Spurs saw Tariq Hinds cross the ball into the Colchester penalty area, where he managed to pick out Rodel Richards. After latching onto the ball Richards played a quick one two with Oakley-Boothe, before having a shot on goal blocked by Omar Sowunmi. After a steady start to the game league two Colchester launched their first meaningful attack of the night. After Jevani Brown burst down the right flank, he came inside onto his left foot before curling an effort over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. The lively Armando Shashoua then had a good pass to Shilow Tracey cut out by Omar Sowunmi before Kwame Poku had an effort on goal blocked by Luis Binks, before Tariq Hinds blocked Tom Lapslie’s effort. 

After Luis Binks conceded a free kick on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, Luke Norris curled over De Bie’s crossbar. Shortly afterwards Jamie Bowden passed the ball to Rodel Richards who entered the Colchester penalty area before dragging the ball across the face of Ethan Ross’ goal, but it was cleared behind for a a corner kick by Tom Lapslie. After Bowden gave the ball away to Colchester’s Tom Lapslie he fed In Luke Norris whose effort on goal deflected off of Tariq Hinds before going behind for a corner. Jonathan De Bie punched clear Lapslie’s resulting corner kick, before winning a foul. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well. After Armando Shashoua played a nice pass through to Rodel Richards down the left side of the Colchester penalty area, Richards let fly, but his effort was saved rather painfully by the face of Ethan Ross who had come running out to meet Richards. After skipping away from Ryan Clampin, Tashan Oakley-Boothe whipped a low cross into the Colchester box by Tom Eastman. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick was controlled by Shilow Tracey inside the Colchester box, before being fired over by the Tottenham winger. Malachi Walcott was shown a yellow card by the referee for a challenge on Luke Norris, before Jevani Brown’s free kick was headed into the arms of Jonathan De Bie by Omar Sowunmi. Then in the 44th minute of the game the home side took the lead. Ryan Clampin’s cross into the Spurs penalty ares was met by Luke Norris at the back post. The Colchester forwards resulting header on goal beat De Bie before being cleared into his own goal by Malachi Walcott, on the line, 0-1. Harvey White blocked Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu’s shot on the edge of the Spurs box before the referee blew his whistle for halftime. Colchester got the second half underway. After receiving Kwame Poku’s pass, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu whipped a dangerous ball across the face of Jonathan De Bie’s goal. Harvey White then fired a speculative effort over Ethan Ross’ crossbar from long range, before Tashan Oakley-Boothe had a cross cleared behind by Omar Sowunmi.

Luis Binks blocked Kwame Poku’s shot on goal before Poku passed the ball to Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu inside the Spurs box however, his cut back pass was cleared behind by Malachi Walcott who was in the right place at the right time. Jamie Bowden was replaced by Phoenix Patterson before Jonathan De Bie gathered a cross from Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu. Jevani Brown then fired an effort narrowly over the Spurs goal after he received the ball down the left flank. Tashan Oakley-Boothe then had a cross cleared behind by Tom Eastman before Spurs drew level. A nice move from the young Lilywhites ended in Armando Shashoua passing the ball to TJ Eyoma out on the right flank, the Spurs right back then slipped a pass into Tashan Oakley-Boothe who burst forward, into the Colchester box. Oakley-Boothe’s resulting low effort came off of Colchester goalkeeper Ethan Ross before nestling inside the bottom left hand come of the goal, 1-1.  Wayne Burnett punched the air in relief. Dilan Markanday came onto replace Shilow Tracey before the newly introduced winger whipped in a cross which came off the Colchester crossbar. After receiving Harvey White’s pass on the edge of the Colchester penalty area, Richards turned before shooting narrowly wide of goal. Jevani Brown passed the ball to Ryan Clampin inside the Spurs box but his effort on goal was blocked by Tariq Hinds. After Luke Norris passed the ball to Jevani Brown down the right flank the Colchester man came forward down the right flank before being met by Malachi Walcott who made a good sliding intervention. Kion Etete came onto replace Rodel Richards up top. Soon after coming on Etete received the ball inside the Colchester box after Armando Shashoua went on a tricky forward run. However, Etete’s low first time effort was saved by Ethan Ross. Phoenix Patterson then played a quick one two with Dilan Markanday on the edge of the Colchester box before having a low shot saved by Ethan Ross. 

Dilan Markanday cleared Jevani Brown’s long free kick inside the Spurs box before Colchester came desperately close to winning it late on in the game. After Ryan Clampin passed the ball to Jevani Brown inside Spurs box, Brown laid the ball off to Courtney Senior who passed to Tom Eastman who somehow shot wide of De Bie’s goal. The referee blew his whistle for full time shortly afterwards. The extra bonus point would be decided by a penalty shootout. Luis Binks of Spurs stood up to take the first penalty and the left footed defender calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to put Spurs 1-0 up. Luke Norris then took Colchester’s penalty however, the physical centre forward blasted the ball against and over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. Harvey White then struck the bottom right hand post as Colchester had the chance to draw level in the shootout. And Jevani Brown fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner of De Bie’s goal, 1-1. Armando Shashoua then cleverly staggered his run to make it 2-1 to Spurs by slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, before Theo Robinson fired the ball into the roof of De Bie’s goal. Phoenix Patterson’s resulting effort hit the bottom right hand post before going wide. Ryan Jackson then scored to make it 2-3 despite De Bie getting a hand on the ball. TJ Eyoma then stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal before Noah Chilvers effort was saved by De Bie who had gone the right way. Kion Etete then made it 4-3 after he tucked the ball into the left corner of the goal despite Ross getting a hand on the ball. Tom Eastman then fired the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 4-4 before Tariq Hinds slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Ryan Jackson then fired the ball into the top right hand corner of De Bie’s goal with the Belgian getting a hand on the ball. Malachi Walcott then calmly stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 6-5. And luckily for Spurs Brandon Comley then shot wide of the goal as Spurs managed to claim that vital bonus point which, leaves them still in with a chance of progressing out of the group. 

Player reviews: 

  • Jonathan De Bie: The Spurs goalkeeper made one save in total and he generally had a solid game. De Bie’s kicking and distribution was good and he remained vocal throughout. De Bie saved one penalty in the shootout.
  • TJ Eyoma: I thought that this was a mature performance from the 19 year old at right back. A position which he hasn’t played in for some time. Eyoma defended his side of the pitch well and he also got forward a lot down the right flank. Eyoma also set up Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s goal.
  • Malachi Walcott: It was a really solid showing at RCB from young Malachi Walcott who, imposed himself really well on the game by making some strong and well timed challenges. Walcott read the game very well along side Binks and he also took his penalty kick very well.
  • Luis Binks: My man of the match, see below.
  • Tariq Hinds: The 19 year old put in a solid performance for Spurs at left back where he made some important blocks and interceptions. Hinds kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Harvey White: A calming figure in the middle of the park, LCM Harvey White moved the ball about well and he also did a good job at breaking up play and protecting the back four.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain who has just been called up to the Republic of Ireland under 19 squad, had a good game for Spurs on Tuesday night. Bowden kept the ball moving, nicely in the middle of the park and he made some important defensive interventions. He imposed himself well on what was a very physical game of football. 
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Oakley-Boothe had a good game out on the right flank where he went on some good surging runs. The 19 year old took his goal well and he showed good composure in front of goal.
  • Armando Shashoua: The lively attacking midfielder was always on the lookout for the ball, and he created some good chances for the forwards (he was involved in our goal). The hardworking Shashoua poached the ball well and he also went on some good, mazy forward runs. He also dispatched his penalty with real class. 
  • Shilow Tracey: Despite tracking back excellently, Tracey never really got into the game much from an attacking perspective.
  • Rodel Richards: The 19 year olds movement was good and he came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions, during his time on the pitch.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The attacking midfielder brought some good energy to the game. Patterson’s passing was good and he got into some dangerous positions in the final third. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The 18 year old went on a couple of good runs down the left flank and he also struck the Colchester crossbar.
  • Kion Etete: The second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net soon after coming on. Furthermore, Etete dispatched his penalty well in the shootout.

My man of the match: Left sided centre half Luis Binks (18) put in a very mature and well disciplined performance for our under 21’s on Tuesday night. Binks, who was partnered by the similarly impressive Malachi Walcott, made some highly intelligent decisions throughout the game. The second year scholar made some excellent blocks, interceptions and clearances and he was also good in the air. However, it was Binks’ reading of the game and his anticipation of danger which impressed me the most. Him and Walcott neutralised the threat of Colchester’s speedy striker Luke Norris for large periods of yesterday’s game. The centre half tucked away his penalty well.

Colchester United: Ross, Chilvers, Clampin, Lapslie (c) (Comley 68), Eastman, Sowunmi, Poku (Robinson 79), Sarpong-Wiredu (Jackson 75), Norris, Brown, Senior. Substitutes (not used): Vose, Kensdale, Dunne, Stevenson.

Spurs: De Bie, Eyoma, Hinds, Bowden (c) (Patterson 67), Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Oakley-Boothe, White, Richards (Etete 89), Shashoua, Tracey (Markanday 75). Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, R Clarke, Lyons-Foster, Pochettino.

Goals: Colchester United – Norris 44; Spurs – Oakley-Boothe 75.

Yellow cards: Colchester United – Norris 52; Spurs – Fagan-Walcott 41.

Referee: Alan Young.

Venue: JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester.

Attendance: 1,061.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Rodel Richards – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Harvey White – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Armando Shashoua – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Armando Shashoua -1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs under 21’s versus Colchester United: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Colchester United: (match preview)

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It’s win or bust for our young development side in this season Leasing.com trophy. Wayne Burnett’s side need to realistically beat league two side Colchester United when they face them at the Colchester Community Stadium on Tuesday, to stand any chance of getting out of their group. Our development side have not won a competitive game since August and their recent form has left them struggling in the PL2. Spurs only narrowly lost 2-1 to league one side Ipswich Town in their opening group game in this competition, and they’ll be filled with confidence going into tomorrow’s encounter with Colchester United knowing what they achieved in that Ipswich game, where they played some really good football for spells in the game. League two side Colchester United who are managed by John McGreal, famously defeated our first team in the Carabao cup only a couple of weeks ago, so there is some added incentive for Wayne Burnett’s side ahead of tomorrow’s game. The oppositions sit in eight place in the league two table, having picked up 19 points from their opening 12 league games. Some of the Colchester players to look out for tomorrow night include (I expect them to play a weakened side) physical forwards Frank Nouble, Luke Norris and Theo Robinson. In addition speedy wing back Cohen Bramall could cause problems down Tottenham’s right hand side, while centre halves Luke Prosser and Tom Eastman are other players to look out for. This will be a game all about physicality and skill, and which will come up on top. If Colchester do rest a number of first team players which I expect that they will, Spurs’ skilful and technically gifted players could definitely expose some weakness in the league two sides defence. However, this is going to be a very tough game for Burnett’s youngsters who could be missing a couple of players due to the ongoing international break. Players such as Paris Maghoma, Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott are all unlikely to feature which is a massive disadvantage for Spurs. I do however, believe in Spurs’ ability to overcome Colchester United. My in-depth match report of tomorrow’s game should be out some time on Wednesday evening.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Binks, Hinds, White, Bowden (c), Markanday, Oakley-Boothe, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: De Bie, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Cirkin, Shashoua, Pochettino , Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi. 

Doubtful: Maxwell Statham, Maximus Tainio, Japhet Tanganga, Paris Maghoma, Enock Asante, Troy Parrott.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Colchester’s physical centre forward Frank Nouble, who has scored three goals from 12 appearances for the league two side so far this season.

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Aston Villa: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Aston Villa: (match report)

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Our under 18’s returned to league action on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Aston Villa at Hotspur Way. The ‘ Villains ‘ gave Spurs a really tough match and they played the game at a higher intensity than Spurs. The first half was edged by the visitors and Spurs goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz was forced into making some big saves to keep the scores level at the break. However, during the second half Spurs really started to fade away as Aston Villa took control of the game. Four Aston Villa goals left Spurs shell shocked although it also seemed to spur them into life. Schoolboy Dane Scarlett and Tarrelle Whittaker managed to pull goals back for Spurs, but by that point it was too late for Matt Taylor’s side to mount a comeback. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurylowicz started in goal for the young Lilywhites. A back four made up of Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, captain Dennis Cirkin and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Max Robson and Nile John partnered up in central midfield while Romaine Mundle and Chay Cooper operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Dane Scarlett. Second year scholar Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Spurs got Saturday afternoons game underway. Chay Cooper had an early cross gathered by Aston Villa goalkeeepr Amos Onodi before the visitors came close to taking an early lead. Paul Appiah’s pass deflected off of Dennis Cirkin before running through to Brad Young down the right hand side of the Tottenham penalty area. Young opted to square the ball for Aaron Ramsey whose first time side footed effort struck Kacper Kurylowicz’s crossbar. A couple of moments later Dennis Cirkin gave the ball straight to Brad Young inside the Spurs box however, Kurylowicz came out and made himself big to save Young’s resulting shot excellently. A couple of minutes later the dominant visitors came close to scoring once again. After Charlie Farr slipped the ball into the feet of Brad Young, the Aston Villa forward burst into the Spurs box before attempting to beat Kurylowicz with a curling low effort. However, the Tottenham goalkeeper was equal to his effort.

Max Robson had a whipped cross gathered by Akos Onodi, before Kion Etete flicked Chay Cooper’s cross wide of Onodi’s goal. A couple of of minutes later Cooper passed the ball to Romaine Mundle whose cross was headed behind for a corner kick by Myles Sohna. Resurgent Spurs went on a good move as Nile John passed the ball to Dane Scarlett who passed the ball to Romaine Mundle whose, cross came to Chay Cooper down the left side of the Aston Villa box. Cooper’s resulting curling effort was cleared off the line by Myles Sohna. Nile John’s resulting corner kick was volleyed onto Harrison Sohna by Dane Scarlett, before Marqes Muir had a shot saved by Akos Onodi. Kacper Kurylowicz punched away Charlie Farr’s free kick before Marqes Muir cleared away Kaine Kesler’s cross. After Nile John passed the ball to Dane Scarlett the Spurs striker who shot wide of Akos Onodi’s goal. A couple of minutes later Brad Young passed the ball to Kaine Kesler down the right flank but his resulting cross was blocked by Nile John. Kacper Kurylowicz gathered Kaine Kesler’s corner kick. Then in first half stoppage time Aaron Ramsey passed the ball to Tristan Goodridge who in turn gave the ball to Brad Young who shot narrowly wide of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal. The referee sounded his whistle for half time shortly afterwards. Aston Villa got the second half underway. Dennis Cirkin headed Chay Cooper’s corner kick into the arms of Akos Onodi before Nile John had a shot blocked by Harrison Sohna. After controlling Chay Cooper’s cross Kion Etete brought the ball down and passed it to Dane Scarlett who had a shot blocked by Harrison Sohna. A couple of minutes later Cooper first had a cross cleared away by Brad Burton before having another gathered by Akos Onodi. After Brad Young passed the ball to Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the Spurs box, the Aston Villa midfielder had a shot saved by Kacper Kurylowicz, moments before Aston Villa took the lead. After Charlie Farr received Tristan Goodridge’s pass the Aston Villa winger decided to go for goal some 25 yards out. Farr’s resulting powerful, whipped effort looped over the head of Kacper Kurylowicz and into the middle of the Spurs goal, 0-1.

On his return from a lengthy injury J’Neil Bennett came onto replace Nile John before Dane Scarlett had an effort blocked by Brad Burton inside the Aston Villa box. After receiving Carney Chukwuemeka’s pass some 20 yards out from goal, Aaron Ramsey decided to have a pop at goal. And Ramsey’s powerful effort flew past Kacper Kurylowicz and into the middle of the goal, 0-2. Tarrelle Whittaker came onto replace Romaine Mundle out on the wing before Harrison Sohna fired an effort wide of Kurylowicz’s goal. A couple of minutes later Tristan Goodridge managed to find Brad Young down the right hand side of the Spurs box with only Kacper Kurylowicz to beat but the Spurs goalkeeper produced a fine save before gathering the loose ball. J’Neil Bennett came inside from the left flank before having a curling cross gathered by Akos Onodi. Max Robson then saw his cross flicked into the arms of Akos Onodi by Dennis Cirkin inside the Aston Villa box. Aston Villa then made it 3-0. After Carney Chukwuemeka passed the ball to Brad Young he burst past Marqes Muir before entering the Spurs box and slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal, 0-3. Yago Santiago came onto replace Max Robson before J’Neil Bennett had a curling effort saved by Onodi. Bennett then had an effort on goal blocked by Harrison Sohna, before the Tottenham winger was shown a yellow card for pulling back Aaron Ramsey. Kacper Kurylowicz saved Mo Sylla’s effort from long range a couple of moments before Aston Villa made it 4-0. After Aaron Ramsey gave the ball to Mo Sylla inside the Spurs box the Aston Villa substitute managed to squeeze the ball into the bottom left hand corner of  Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal, 0-4. Spurs tried to respond. After Lusala gave the ball to Scarlett, the Spurs schoolboy gave the ball to Bennett who had an error blocked inside the Aston Villa box by Harrison Sohna. Spurs did manage to pull a goal back after Kion Etete’s curling effort was spilt by Akos Onodi, but Dane Scarlett was on hand to sweep the loose ball home at the near post, 1-4.

After Aaron Ramsey passed the ball to Brad Young the Aston Villa forward had a shot saved by Kacper Kurylowicz. Chay Cooper then had an effort tipped over the bar by Akos Onodi before J’Neil Bennett had a cross cleared away by Myles Sohna. Then the skilful Dermi Lusala skipped past a couple of challenges before sending a nice lofted pass through to the substitute Tarrelle Whittaker down the left hand side of the Aston Villa box. Whittaker steadied himself before lashing the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 2-4. Kacper Kurylowicz saved Charlie Farr’s effort from long range before Seb Revan fired an effort wide of goal. After receiving Yago Santiago’s pass J’Neil Bennett forced a save out of Akos Onodi from a curling effort, before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. Spurs’ next game is against Arsenal after the international break.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right back stayed deep and he made some important defensive interventions.
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB made some intelligent decisions and he also brought the ball out well from the back. 
  • Dennis Cirkin: It was interesting to see the 17 year old left back operate at LCB. Cirkin was generally solid in that position, and he was strong on the ball while also bringing it out well from the back. 
  • Dermi Lusala: The left back had a strong game and he did well to set up Tarrelle Whittaker for his late goal.
  • Nile John: On his return from injury John patrolled the midfield well and he also embarked on some good, purposeful surging forward runs. The first year scholars passing was nice and crisp. 
  • Max Robson: The central midfielder kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park.
  • Romaine Mundle: The right winger worked hard and he tracked back really well however, he didn’t get many touches of the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Dane Scarlett: The schoolboy worked really hard in the CAM role and he linked play well. Scarlett chipped in with a late goal. 
  • Chay Cooper: The silky winger liked to take players on and whip crosses into the danger zone. Cooper also tried his luck on goal and he worked hard for the team.
  • Kion Etete: The second year scholar led the line well for Spurs on Saturday afternoon. Etete held the ball up excellently and he got himself into some good positions in and around the danger zone. Etete got the assist for Dane Scarlett’s goal after he took responsibility and had a shot.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The substitute went on some good surging forward runs and he looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The second half substitute took his goal well. 
  • Yago Santiago: The first year scholar made a couple of impressive passes during his short time on the pitch. 

My man of the match: Spurs’ goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz had an excellent game in between the posts. The extremely vocal second year scholar would talk his teammates through yesterday’s game by encouraging them to make intelligent decisions. Kurylowicz made eight saves in total including three very impressive ones all of which were one on ones. Kurylowicz’s kicking was good and he also dealt well with crosses and set pieces. It was a very mature performance from the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Lusala, John (Bennett 62), Muir, Cirkin, Mundle (Whittaker 68), Robson (Santiago 78), Etete, Scarlett, Cooper. Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Pedder.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 3

Kion Etete –  2

Kallum Cesay – 2

Max Robson – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Dane Scarlett – 1

Assists:

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Max Robson – 2

Chay Cooper – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Dermi Lusala – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Our under 18’s return to league action tomorrow when they host Aston Villa at Hotspur Way. Matt Taylor’s side will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in the premier league cup. So far Spurs have won three and lost three league games, and they currently sit in fifth place in the premier league south. Last season we did the double over tomorrow’s opponents, beating them 6-1 at home and 3-2 away. The ‘ Villains ‘ sit in seventh place in the league table after having a mixed start to the season.  Some of the Aston Villa players to look out for tomorrow include forward and top scorer so far this campaign, Jaden Philogene-Bidace. Another player to loook our for is Charlie Farr and striker Aaron Pressley, as well as defender Paul Appiah who has played in five of Aston Villa’s six league games this season. This will be another tough game for Spurs but hopefully they’ll have Luis Binks back captaining the side for tomorrow’s game which would be a big boost after his recent spell with the development side. Also Dennis Cirkin should return from injury for this game after he played against Bayern Munich under 19’s in midweek. If I remember correctly Aston Villa usually play with quite a lot of width at this level, and they like to pump the ball into the danger zone. My in-depth match report of the game will be out tomorrow evening. I would like to wish all of our lads all the very best of luck for this important game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, Robson, Cooper, Bennett, Pedder, Whittaker, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Muir, Santiago, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig. 

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Nile John, J’Neil Bennett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Aston Villa forward Jaden Philogene-Bidace who has scored five league goals for the ‘ Villains ‘ so far this season.

Some notes on our under 19’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich:

Some notes on our under 19’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich:

Our under 19’s hosted Bayern Munich in their second group game of this seasons UEFA youth league, on Tuesday afternoon. Ryan Mason’s side had drawn their opening group game 1-1 against Olympiacos, so they would have been looking to pick up their first win of the campaign when German giants Bayern Munich came to town. Unfortunately my note book got completely saturated in Tuesday’s heavy rain so I will be unable to do a report of the game. Instead I will write some short notes on what was a fairly one sided game. Bayern Munich started the game with an aggression which our young lads just couldn’t match. After just nine minutes the German club has carved open our defence on two occasions resulting in them leading 2-0. However, Spurs did fight back and a well taken goal from Rodel Richards gave Ryan Mason’s side hope along with the fact that goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi made some big saves. However, Spurs lacked the urgency and the intensity needed to mount a proper comeback and by the beginning of the second half they were already showing signs of fading away. Bayern would go onto score two well taken goals in a game which they completely dominated. On the day some of our best performers were 16 year old right back Dermi Lusala and goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi however, Spurs came up against the more technical team on the day, and it makes their chances of qualifying from group B that little bit more difficult. Apologies about the length of this piece!

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lusala (Fagan-Walcott 68), White, Bowden (c), Binks, Eyoma, Markanday (Etete 73), Oakley-Boothe (Pochettino 73), Richards, Parrott, Maghoma (Cirkin 61). Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Scarlett, Robson.

Bayern Munich: Schneller, Kehl, Waidner, Stiller (Mihaljevic 75), Arrey-Mbi, Daniliuc (c), Tillman, Rhein (Mosandl 58), Zirkzee, Günther, Herrmann (Cuni 71). Substitutes (not used): Mayer, Halbich, Lawrence, Johansson.

Goals: Spurs – Richards 27; Bayern Munich – Zirkzee 4, Günther 11, 72, Mosandl 62.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Bowden 28, Maghoma 51, Oakley-Boothe 56, Eyoma 69; 

Bayern Munich – Rhein 18, Cuni 81.

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO).

Venue: Hotspur Way, Enfield.

Attendance: 243.

Spurs under 19’s statistics:

Goals: Troy Parrott – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Assists: Rodel Richards – 1

Troy Parrott – 1