Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview) 

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Our under 23’s travel to Loughborough tomorrow to face an inform Derby County side at the Loughborough University Stadium in the PL2. The game which is being streamed live on Rams TV, will be a huge test for Wayne Burnett’s side as Derby sit in second place in division one. The ‘ Rams ‘ also have a number of talented attacking players on their books. Spurs, who lost to Chelsea in their last game will likely be boosted by the return of Harvey White, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Luis Binks who all missed that game against Chelsea. Spurs lost the reverse fixture against Derby 2-1 back at Hotspur Way in August. On that day Darren Wassall’s side played with a high intensity and they moved the ball around the pitch with pace. Some of the Derby players to look out for tomorrow night include centre forward and Derby’s top scorer in the PL2 this season with nine goals Jahmal Hector-Ingram, skilful winger and England under 19 international Morgan Whittaker and versatile Irish winger Festy Ebosele. This will be a tough game for the young Lilywhites however, it is one that they know they can get something from. I am sure that there will be a number of scouts watching tomorrow nights game as the January loan window is currently open.

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

Subs from: De Bie, Fagan-Walcott, Thorpe, Patterson, Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Jamie Bowden.

Doubtful: Jeremie Mukendi, Kazaiah Sterling.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-2.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: The ‘ Rams ‘ speedy and very skilful winger Morgan Whittaker, who has already made ten appearances for Derby’s first team in the Championship this season. Whittaker has scored an impressive five goals from his six appearances in the PL2 this season.

Spurs under 18’s 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

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On Saturday our under 18’s took on Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League South, at their Lancing based training facility. Matt Taylor’s side put in a good, solid team performance down on the south coast to beat a talented Brighton side by one goal to nil, courtesy of J’Neil Bennett’s wonderful goal on 73 minutes. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurylowicz returned between the sticks. A back four consisting of schoolboy Dante Cassanova, Marqes Muir, Dermi Lusala and schoolboy Jordan Hackett lined up in front of him. Captain Dennis Cirkin and Aaron Skinner partnered up in central midfield while Romaine Mundle and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. 18 year old centre forward Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the game underway on a very chilly morning in County Sussex. After Spurs patiently knocked the ball around the park at the back, Aaron Skinner conceded an early free kick on the edge of the Spurs box. However, Skinner managed to block Stefan Vukoje’s resulting effort. Ben Wilson then headed wide James Furlong’s cross, before Wilson prodded wide Vukoje’s cross. Spurs goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz was then on hand to gather Ben Wilson’s hopeful cross into the Spurs box. After receiving Dennis Cirkin’s lofted pass down the right hand side of the Brighton box, Kion Etete fired the ball over Fynn Talley’s crossbar.

After surging forward past Brighton’s Ayo Tanimowo down the left flank, J’Neil Bennett whipped the ball into the Brighton box where he managed to pick out the unmarked Dennis Cirkin. However, the Spurs captain headed the ball wide of the Brighton goal. Spurs were playing well and a couple of minutes later J’Neil Bennett had a cross cleared away by Luka Cocoracchio before Bennett darted past Marc Leonard in the middle of the pitch before forcing a save out of Fynn Talley from his curling effort. A couple of moments later Ben Wilson volleyed over Marc Leonard’s cross before Brighton again came close to taking the lead. James Furlong’s cross managed to pick out Stefan Vukoje on the edge of the Spurs box. Vukoje controlled the ball well before spinning around and forcing a fairly comfortable save out of Kacper Kurylowicz. Spurs then broke forward as Pedder passed the ball to Cirkin who managed to find Bennett down the left side of Brighton box. Bennett crossed for Pedder whose volleyed effort was well kept out by Fynn Talley. J’Neil Bennett then forced a save out of Talley with an effort from distance. After dribbling his way into the Brighton box Dennis Cirkin forced a save out of Talley at his near post. J’Neil Bennett then whipped an effort wide from the edge of the Brighton box, before Cirkin fired narrowly wide from range in what was the final piece of action from the first half. 

Spurs got the second half underway and Brighton soon came close to taking the lead after Stefan Vukoje prodded Ayo Tanimowo’s cross narrowly wide of Kurylowicz’s goal. Shortly afterwards Kion Etete saw his deflected effort on goal go just wide of the Brighton goal after connecting with Dennis Cirkin’s cross. Rafferty Pedder’s resulting corner kick was punched clear by Fynn Talley before he had another corner kick almost headed home by Brighton’s Antef Tsoungui however, Talley managed to produce the save. Talley was then in a good position to punch away Spurs left back Jordan Hackett’s cross as the game continued to be an even one. After surging forward through the middle of the park Odeluga Offiah had a shot blocked by Marqes Muir before Kion Etete appeared to be pulled back by Antef Tsoungui in the Brighton box however, no penalty kick was given. After Cirkin had passed the ball to Bennett down the left side of the Brighton box the Spurs wingers powerful effort was pushed behind by Fynn Talley before Romaine Mundle volleyed J’Neil Bennett’s cross against Antef Tsoungui, before Etete then had a shot on goal blocked by the same Brighton player as Spurs continued to push the ‘ Seagulls ‘. Matt Taylor then introduced Roshaun Mathurin and Matthew Craig in place of Rafferty Pedder and Romaine Mundle. After receiving Jordan Hackett’s pass on the edge of the Brighton box Roshaun Mathurin forced a save out of Fynn Talley from his curling effort. Matthew Craig was on hand to clear Stefan Vukoje’s corner kick before Spurs finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute of the game through J’Neil Bennett.

After receiving Jordan Hackett’s pass J’Neil Bennett looked up at goal from some 25 yards out, before whipping a wicked effort into the top left hand corner of the helpless Fynn Talley’s goal, 1-0. Shortly afterwards and after receiving Aaron Skinner’s pass down the right hand side of the Brighton box, Roshaun Mathurin forced an excellent reflex save out of Talley from his powerful effort before Yago Santiago came onto replace Dante Cassanova. J’Neil Bennett was then shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away before Santiago had a free kick cleared away by Ayo Tanimowo. Kion Etete then cleared away a Stefan Vukoje free kick before Marqes Muir conceded a free kick on the edge of the Spurs box. However, Matthew Everitt’s resulting effort was blocked by the Spurs wall. Aaron Skinner then cleared away Ayo Tanimowo’s cross before Matthew Everitt received Luka Cocoracchio’s pass in a promising position of the pitch however, his effort deflected off of Muir before being saved by Kurylowicz in what was the final piece of action of the game. This was a good performance from Spurs whose next game is at home to Swansea City on Saturday the 18th of this month.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: The Spurs goalkeeper only made two save on the day however, his leadership and organisation of the back four was first class. Kurylowicz was commanding inside his penalty area, his distribution was good (he often went long) and he swept up well on a couple of occasions.
  • Dante Cassanova: The schoolboy put in a solid showing at right back against the very talented Stefan Vukoje. Cassanova defended solidly and he kept good positioning throughout the game. This was a good debut under 18 performance.
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB defended very solidly alongside Dermi Lusala at the back. Muir made countless important blocks and interceptions, and he brought the ball out well from the back. Muir also kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Dermi Lusala: Another player who hardly put a foot wrong, LCB Dermi Lusala put in a very good performance at centre half. Lusala read the game well and he defended by example.
  • Jordan Hackett: The schoolboy and England under 16 international who was making only his second competitive appearance for our under 18’s, put in a solid performance down his side of the pitch. Hackett stayed deep but he also got forward and overlapped winger J’Neil Bennett when he needed to. 
  • Dennis Cirkin: The Spurs captain played in the unfamiliar position of CDM for today’s game against Brighton. However, Cirkin (17) put in a good performance, and he carried the ball well while also going on some good and skilful forward runs. Cirkin made a couple of strong challenges.
  • Aaron Skinner: My man of the match, see below.
  • Romaine Mundle: The right winger was tidy and he rarely lost the ball out on the right flank. Mundle came close to finding the back of the net in the second half.
  • Rafferty Pedder: This was another good performance from Pedder who mixed things up in the number ten position. Pedder came deep to receive the ball and link the play, in addition he went on numerous good forward runs while also dropping into nice little pockets of space on the edge of the Brighton box. Like Mundle, Pedder also came close to getting on the scoresheet.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The skilful winger did a good job down the left flank where he tested the impressive Ayo Tanimowo by going on several good darting, forward runs. In addition Bennett worked hard for the team and he scored a peach of a goal in the second half.
  • Kion Etete: The 18 year old centre forward did an excellent job at holding the ball up and laying the ball off to his teammates. Furthermore, Etete worked hard up top.
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The schoolboy and second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net on two occasions, and he was nice and direct in his play. 
  • Matthew Craig: The second half substitute came on in central midfield where he made a string of good, forward passes.
  • Yago Santiago: N/A (he was on for too short a time to really influence the game).

My man of the match: Reminding me very much of George Marsh when he played for Spurs at under 18 level, the versatile Aaron Skinner put in a very good performance in the middle of the park against Brighton. Skinner anticipated danger really well in the central areas of the pitch and he was tidy, and mopped up well. Furthermore, the Salford born defender got stuck in and he made some strong and well timed challenges before he later slotted into RB where he did as equally good a job. Skinner’s  work rate was very, very good on the day.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 7

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 4

Kion Etete –  4

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Enock Asante – 3

Harvey White – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Romaine Mundle – 1

Assists:

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 5

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Romaine Mundle – 3

Kion Etete – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Harvey White – 2

Enock Asante – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Yago Santiago – 1

Jordan Hackett – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 3

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

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After our under 18’s disappointing exit from the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night, Spurs return to league action when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion down on the south coast on Saturday morning. Matt Taylor’s side take on a Brighton side who are currently seven points above Spurs in the league table in fourth place. Mark Beard’s Brighton have done well so far this season, picking up 23 points from 11 games and they have also booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup after defeating Derby County on Wednesday night. Brighton defeated Spurs 3-2 in the reverse fixture back in August and they played quite an attractive style of attacking football in that game. Some of the ‘ Seagulls ‘ main danger men include Swiss striker Laurent Tolaj and attacking midfielder Stefan Vukoje who have scored 20 goals between them at under 18 level so far this season. Other players to look out for are midfielder and Scotland youth international Marc Leonard, defender Ben Wilson and midfielder Jack Leahy. This will be a tough game for Spurs who will likely be without Harvey White, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Luis Binks for tomorrow’s game, as they will likely be with the development side for Monday nights game against Derby County. This could give an opportunity for other players to get playing time for the under 18’s. I shall be traveling down to the south coast to report on tomorrow’s league game, before then dashing back to Tottenham for the first team game against Liverpool. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Kyezu, Robson, Santiago, Whittaker, Pedder, Bennett, Etete (c).

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Cassanova, Mathurin, Mundle.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig. 

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Kallum Cesay, Enock Asante, Chay Cooper, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: The ‘ Seagulls ’  main danger man Stefan Vukoje (CAM) who has netted an impressive 11 goals for Brighton’s under 18 side so far this campaign. 

Spurs under 18’s 0-2 Wigan Athletic: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 0-2 Wigan Athletic: (match report)

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Our under 18’s took on inform category two academy side Wigan Athletic, at their DW Stadium on Wednesday night, in the fourth round of the prestigious FA Youth Cup. Matt Taylor’s young side crashed out of the competition after being defeated 2-0 by the home side who, with their relentless pressing, hunger and strength, did not allow Spurs to play their usual passing game to any great effect. Peter Murphy’s Wigan side were superb from start to finish and they totally nullified the attacking threat that our lads posed. Wigan took the lead in slightly controversial fashion on 17 minutes through Jensen Weir’s deflected free kick, before centre forward Kyle Joseph secured the win for the ‘ Tics ’ who were truly very impressive on the night. Matt Taylor’s side lined up at almost full strength with the exception of Troy Parrott who was absent. Thimothee Lo-Tutala started in goal for Spurs, while a back four consisting of Marqes Muir, captain Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Max Robson teamed up in central midfield while Tarrelle Whittaker and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. 

Wigan got the game underway on a cool night in Lancashire, Spurs captain Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared away Jensen Weir’s early corner kick, before Dennis Cirkin cleared away Luke Robinson’s free kick a couple of moments later. At the other end of the pitch J’Neil Bennett had a cross cleared away by Wigan’s Baba Adeeko before Mackenzie O’Neil’s attempted through ball to set Joe Gelhardt through on goal was well cut out by the sliding Luis Binks. Kyle Joseph then headed Harry Jolley’s cross wide at Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s back post. Joe Geldhart latched onto Luis Binks’ headed clearance before forcing a save out of Lo-Tutala from the edge of the Spurs box, which Lo-Tutala gathered at the second time of asking. A couple of minutes later Spurs captain Malachi Fagan-Walcott conceded a controversial free kick on the edge of the box (he clearly got the ball!) after tackling Joe Geldhart. Jensen Weir stood up for Wigan before seeing his curling effort on goal take a massive deflection off of the Spurs wall. This wrong footed Lo-Tutala who went the wrong way, as Weir’s deflected free kick crept into the right hand side of the net, 0-1. Spurs tried to respond, Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed on Harvey White’s corner kick to J’Neil Bennett whose flicked effort on goal was blocked by Wigan defender Louis Isherwood. At the other end of the pitch Luis Binks made a good challenge on Joe Geldhart to stop a Wigan attack however, he hurt his back in the process. 

Spurs were just patiently knocking the ball around the park as the half progressed. Luis Binks had a goal ruled out for offside from Harvey White’s free kick before Marqes Muir conceded a free kick on the edge of the Spurs box. After Mackenzie O’Neil had laid the ball off to Joe Geldhart his strike was blocked by Max Robson. Muir then conceded another free kick on the edge of the Spurs box shortly afterwards however, Lo-Tutala did well to save Sean McGurk’s whipped effort on goal. Jensen Weir’s pumped corner kick was met by James Carragher (son of former Liverpool and England defender Jamie) whose header was saved by Lo-Tutala. Harvey White then had a pumped free kick gathered by Wigan goalkeeper Sam Tickle in the Wigan box before Joe Geldhart managed to find Sean McGurk at Lo-Tutala’s back post however, his volleyed effort on goal was well blocked by Dennis Cirkin. Sean McGurk’s resulting corner kick found its way to Luke Robinson on the edge of the Spurs box, but he shot the ball over Lo-Tutala’s crossbar in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway. 

Luis Binks headed Harvey White’s corner kick astray of the Wigan goal, before Binks met another Harvey White corner, but this time his headed effort was blocked by James Carragher. Harvey White then blazed the ball over from long range, before Tarrelle Whittaker’s curling effort from the edge of the Wigan box flew narrowly wide of Sam Tickle’s goal. Harvey White then had a shot blocked by Sean McGurk as Spurs continued to be on top. After meeting Joe Geldhart’s cross inside the Spurs box Kyle Joseph forced a save out of Lo-Tutala from his headed effort. Harvey White’s excellent lofted pass over the top of the Wigan defence came close to setting Kion Etete through on goal however, Sam Tickle came rushing out of his box to clear the ball. After latching onto Jensen Weir’s cross from the left flank Kyle Joseph latched onto the ball inside the Spurs box before hitting Lo-Tutala’s crossbar. Weir latched back onto the ball before passing it to Kyle Joseph who fired the ball past the helpless Lo-Tutala, 0-2. J’Neil Bennett and Tarrelle Whittaker switched flanks before Wigan came close to netting a third goal. After Sean McGurk had passed the ball to Joe Geldhart down the right hand side of the Spurs box, Geldhart cut inside Malachi Fagan-Walcott before forcing a fairly comfortable save out of Lo-Tutala from close range.

Rafferty Pedder was shown a yellow card for making a late challenge on Sean McGurk, before Max Robson cleared away Luke Robinson’s free kick. Salford born Aaron Skinner came onto replace Rafferty Pedder as Max Robson moved into the CAM position. Joe Geldhart fired an effort over from long range before Harvey White had a powerful effort from distance well saved by the diving Sam Tickle. Joe Geldhart then had a shot in the Spurs box well blocked by Luis Binks  before Lo-Tutala totally missed Joe Geldhart’s corner kick, before Kyle Joseph tapped the ball wide at the back post. After attacking Harvey White’s cross Luis Binks had a header cleared away by Louis Isherwood, before Harvey White’s whipped free kick was headed behind by Malachi Fagan-Walcott before Mackenzie O’Neill had a late effort ruled out for offside in which turned out to be the final piece of action of the game. Our under 18’s return to league action on Saturday when they travel down to the south coast to face a talented Brighton & Hove Albion side.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: The Paris born goalkeeper made five saves in total and generally he had a decent game, and was solid game in between the sticks. 
  • Marqes Muir: Once again filling in at right back, Marqes Muir had a pretty solid game for Spurs, particularly in the second half. Muir showed good strength on the ball and he made a couple of timely interceptions.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The Spurs captain and RCB made some good challenges and interceptions, and he was also good in the air.
  • Luis Binks: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The left back stayed deep and rarely attacked down the left flank. Cirkin made one important block to prevent a near certain goal for Sean McGurk in the first half. The Dublin born defender did a good job at protecting his side of the pitch.
  • Harvey White: The CDM whipped some delightful set pieces and passes into the danger zone, and his movement off the ball was good. However, White wasn’t allowed the space he needed to roam around the middle of the park and this severely affected his influence on the game.
  • Max Robson: The central midfielder who finished the game as a CAM, had a good game. Robson showed good skill on the ball and he dribbled forward with it well. Robson had some nice touches and he did well at trying to link the play.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The right winger put in quite a strong second half performance and he came close to finding the back of the net with a curling effort on goal from over 20 yards out in the second half.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The 17 year old was yet another player who was deprived of the space that he craved, by the relentless Wigan players. Pedder had some nice touches, he worked hard, and he made some intelligent runs however, he just wasn’t allowed the space he need to influence the game.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The left winger grew into the game and he started to take players on much more during the second half.
  • Kion Etete: The former Notts County man didn’t get a lot of great service last night however, he worked hard and also took up some intelligent positions.
  • Aaron Skinner: The second half substitute came on for the last 20 minutes of yesterday’s game. Skinner slotted into central midfield and he helped to solidify the middle of the park for Spurs.

My man of the match: England under 19 international Luis Binks. The Gillingham born centre half put in a nearly faultless performance for Matt Taylor’s side at LCB. Binks made two important challenges during the first half and he recovered well after hurting his back early on in the game. Binks’ positioning and anticipation was good, and he also did a really good in dealing with Wigan’s long balls which really was food and drink for the 18 year old who won virtually all of his aerial duels. Binks was the shining light on a disappointing night for Spurs, and there was nothing that he could have done to prevent either of Wigan’s goals.

Wigan Athletic: Tickle, Jolley (c), Robinson, Carragher, Isherwood, Adeeko, McGurk (Devine 88), Weir, Joseph, Gelhardt (Costello 90+4), O’Neil. Substitutes (not used): Jones, Broe, Hughes, Lloyd, Brown.

Spurs: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Cirkin, White, Fagan-Walcott (c), Binks, Whittaker, Robson, Etete, Pedder (Skinner 70), Bennett. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Solberg, Mundle, Lusala, Cassanova.

Goals: Wigan – Weir 17, Joseph 62.

Yellow cards: Wigan – Gelhardt 30, Adeeko 53; Spurs – Pedder 68.

Referee: Daniel Locker.

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan.

Attendance: 668.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 7

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 4

Kion Etete – 4

Enock Asante – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Harvey White – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Romaine Mundle – 1

Assists:

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 5

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Romaine Mundle – 3

Kion Etete – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Harvey White – 2

Enock Asante – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Yago Santiago – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Chelsea: (match report)

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Our under 23’s welcomed unbeaten London rivals Chelsea to the Lamex Stadium on Monday night for an important PL2 clash. Wayne Burnett’s side put in a good defensive performance against the ‘ Blues ‘ although they did struggle a bit to create chances. After a good performance Spurs were dealt a late blow after former Spurs schoolboy Armando Broja netted a late winner for Chelsea who maintain their unbeaten record in the league. Wayne Burnett’s side saw Brandon Austin start in goal, while a back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, captain TJ Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tariq Hinds sat in front of him. Elliot Thorpe and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Armando Shashoua. Rodel Richards started up front for Spurs. Chelsea got the game underway on a very chilly night in Hertfordshire. The first chance of the game came Spurs’ way after Rodel Richards passed the ball to Dilan Markanday down the right hand side of the Chelsea box. However, Markanday’s resulting shot on goal was blocked by Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well during the opening stages of the game.

After receiving Armando Shashoua’s pass inside the Chelsea box Rodel Richards appeared to be fouled by Jack Wakely however, the referee Adrian Quelch didn’t point to the spot. Dilan Markanday had a cross gathered by Chelsea goalkeeper Jamie Cumming before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s fine forward pass found Shilow Tracey down the left flank. Tracey cut inside onto his right foot before having a shot blocked by Chelsea captain Marc Guehi before Tashan Oakley-Boothe shot the ball narrowly wide of Jamie Cumming’s goal. The impressive Elliot Thorpe was shown a yellow card on his PL2 debut after pulling back Thierno Ballo before Chelsea’s Tariq Uwakwe cut inside from the left flank before firing the ball narrowly wide of Brandon Austin’s goal. After surging forward Shilow Tracey had a shot blocked by Clinton Mola before Marc Guehi nodded over George McEachran’s corner kick. McEachran’s resulting corner kick was punched in the air by Austin before Jack Wakely’s headed effort on goal was cleared on the line by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Tariq Hinds cleared away Armando Broja’s low cross. Elliot Thorpe then conceded a free kick right on the edge of the Spurs box however, Tariq Uwakwe’s resulting effort on goal was blocked in the Spurs wall by Rodel Richards before Marc Guehi fired the ball over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. Elliot Thorpe conceded another free kick on the edge of the Spurs box a couple of minutes later.

George McEachran’s resulting effort struck Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the Spurs wall. At the other end of the pitch Rodel Richards flicked wide Dilan Markanday’s cross, before Armando Shashoua picked up the ball before passing it to Shilow Tracey in the Chelsea box, but he thumped the ball narrowly wide of the goal. Jubril Okedina then had a cross cleared away by Ian Maatsen before Dilan Markanday dribbled his way into the Chelsea box before hitting the ball against the side netting of Jamie Cumming’s goal. Clinton Mola then powered an effort over Brandon Austin’s crossbar from distance before Jubril Okedina accidentally gave the ball to Armando Broja on the edge of the Spurs box but, Broja fired the ball over Austin’s crossbar in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway and they felt that they should have been awarded an early penalty after Chelsea’s Jon Russell appeared to foul Elliot Thorpe after the midfielder had darted into the Chelsea box. A couple of minutes later and after winning the ball Rodel Richards surged forward before firing the ball just wide of the Chelsea goal from the edge of the box. Jubril Okedina then blocked Tariq Uwakwe’s shot at the opposite end of the pitch before Brandon Austin gathered the ball. After Spurs broke forward Jubril Okedina fired an effort over from distance, before Shilow Tracey saw his low cross cleared away by Ian Maatsen.

After Jon Russell had passed the ball to Charlie Brown down the left side of the Spurs box Brown forced a save out of Austin from his powerful effort. Austin then punched clear Henry Lawrence’s cross before the Spurs goalkeeper got a yellow card for kicking the ball away, before Dilan Markanday was also shown a yellow card for committing the same offence. After receiving Jubril Okedina’s pass Shilow Tracey’s deflected shot squirmed just wide of Jamie Cumming’s goal. Elliot Thorpe then made way for Phoenix Patterson who came on in central midfield. Ian Maatsen headed George McEachran’s free kick wide after Lyons-Foster had conceded it. Okedina then cleared away George McEachran’s free kick before Dilan Markanday’s whipped effort was saved by Jamie Cumming. TJ Eyoma’s long pass managed to find the run of Phoenix Patterson down the right hand side of the Chelsea box and Patterson’s powerful first time effort flew just wide of Cumming’s goal. Then at the other end of the pitch and after receiving Tariq Uwakwe’s pass down the right side of the Spurs box, Armando Broja fired the ball past the helpless Brandon Austin and into the roof of his goal, 0-1. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then cleared away Henry Lawrence’s cross before George McEachran’s corner kick was met by Armando Broja and Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin who managed to catch the ball before dropping it and being fouled. Rayan Clarke came onto replace Jubril Okedina at right back before Charlie Brown whipped an effort just wide of the Spurs goal from the edge of the Spurs box. Referee Adrian Quelch then sounded his whistle for full time to bring an end to a tight game.

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: The extremely vocal Spurs goalkeeper who turns 21 on Wednesday, didn’t have an awful lot to do against his former club yesterday night. Apart from organising the back four really well Austin made two decent saves, the 20 year olds distribution was also decent.
  • Jubril Okedina: The right back defended solidly particularly during the first half against Chelsea’s Tariq Uwakwe and he made some good tackles. I thought that Okedina did a good job for Wayne Burnett’s side.
  • TJ Eyoma: The Spurs captain had a solid game and he put in a good performance at RCB alongside Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Eyoma was good in the air and solid on the ground. 
  • Tariq Hinds: The left back was nice and aggressive and he got forward well while also doing quite a good defensive job. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My man of the match, see below.
  • Elliot Thorpe: The 19 year old made his PL2 debut for Wayne Burnett’s side on Monday night. Thorpe played with real bite and energy and he showed a real desire to get stuck in and to try and influence the game. Defensively good, the Cambridgeshire born midfielder showed good skill and a desire to drive forward with the ball. This was a very encouraging performance from the former Wales under 19 international.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The central midfielder went on some good surging forward runs.
  • Dilan Markanday: The skilful right winger made several good twists and turns and he enjoyed some successful spells in the game however, he struggled a bit to deal with the physicality of Chelsea left back Jack Wakely.
  • Armand Shashoua: As always Shashoua showed tremendous skill and close ball control in the CAM role, and a real desire to work for the team. Shashoua took up intelligent positions 
  • Shilow Tracey: The speedy left winger went on some good runs down the left flank and he also tracked back well after him. 
  • Rodel Richards: The centre forwards movement was good but he didn’t quite get the service that he craved on the night.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net with a fine late effort. It was a decent cameo from the 19 year old.
  • Rayan Clarke: N/A.

My man of the match: 19 year old defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster put in a very good performance at LCB on Monday night. Lyons-Foster reading of the game was second to none, as was his anticipation and positioning. The first year pro was good in the air (his headers were nice cushioned ones) and he hardly put a foot wrong on the ground.

Spurs: Austin, Okedina (R Clarke 89), Hinds, Thorpe (Patterson 70), Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Oakley-Boothe, Richards, Shashoua, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Pochettino.

Chelsea: Cumming, Lawrence, Wakely, Guehi (c), Maatsen, Mola, Broja, McEachran, Brown (Simons 90+2), Ballo (Russell 46), Uwakwe (Bate 80). Substitutes (not used): Ziger, Simeu.

Goal: Chelsea – Broja 82.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Thorpe 11, Austin 62, Oakley-Boothe 69; Chelsea – Russell 56.

Referee: Adrian Quelch.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 591.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Armando Shashoua – 5

Harvey White – 3

Rodel Richards – 3

Jamie Bowden – 3

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 3

Armando Shashoua – 3

Dilan Markanday – 3

Rodel Richards – 2

Tariq Hinds – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Wigan Athletic: (match preview)

 

Spurs under 18’s versus Wigan Athletic: (match preview)

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Our under 18’s are preparing to face category two academy side Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night, in the fourth round of the prestigious FA Youth Cup. Matt Taylor’s side warmed up for this hugely important clash by impressively defeating an unbeaten Fulham side 4-1 in the league. In fact Spurs have won their last two league games going into this encounter. Wigan I am told are a vey exciting and attacking team, and the ‘ Tics ‘ who beat Croydon FC 8-1 in the last round of the competition, have been excelling in their own league. Peter Murphy’s side of which includes a couple of England youth internationals, currently sits at the top of the U18 professional development league, eight points above second place Sheffield United. It’s worth noting that the Lancashire based club have won their last 11 league game in a row! Wigan have a number of exciting attacking players in their ranks that the young Spurs lads will have to be wary of on Wednesday. These include attacking midfielder Thelo Aasgaard, wingers Sean McGurk and Mackenzie O’Neill and centre forward Kyle Joseph. Other players to look out for are England youth international Jensen Weir and Wigan captain Harry Jolley. This game which will be played at the DW Stadium, is a game in which Spurs must not underestimate the opposition as they are very, very good. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for this hugely important cup tie, and I am sure that Spurs will field a very strong side. I will be reporting on Wednesday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Fagan-Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, White, Robson, Whitaker, Pedder, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Skinner, Santiago, Mundle, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig, Chay Cooper.

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2. 

My one to watch: Wigan midfielder and England youth international Jensen Weir.

 

Spurs under 18’s 4-1 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-1 Fulham: (match report)

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Matt Taylor’s Spurs under 18 side welcomed fellow London club Fulham to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning for an under 18 Premier League South game. Spurs started the game well and they attacked well from the offing against a Fulham side who were missing some of their star players. After doing a good job inside the opening 15 minutes, Spurs took the lead through Harvey White (from the penalty spot) and they continued to control the game throughout the remainder of the first half. Second half goals from Romaine Mundle, Harvey White and Tarrelle Whittaker secured the points for Spurs who put in an excellent team performance against a side who had been unbeaten in the league going into this game. This was a fantastic warm up game going into Wednesday nights important FA Youth Cup tie against Wigan Athletic. Spurs lined up with Thimothee Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four consisting of Marqes Muir, captain Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Max Robson partnered up in central midfield while Romaine Mundle and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Kion Etete led the line for the young Lilywhites. Fulham got the game underway on a cold morning in Enfield. 

Early on in the game J’Neil Bennett headed Harvey White’s free kick over the crossbar of Fulham goalkeeper Damian Las. A couple of minutes later Kion Etete attacked Marqes Muir’s cross from the right flank. Etete’s good looping header tested Damian Las who produced a good save to deny the Spurs striker. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Fulham defender Luca Murphy, but the ball came to Max Robson on the edge of the Fulham box and before he could get the ball under control he was barged to the floor by Connor McAvoy leaving the referee with no other choice than to point to the spot. Harvey White stood up confidently before planting the ball in the left hand corner of the Fulham goal, with a powerful strike, 1-0. A couple of minutes after the restart, Jean-Pierre Tiehi’s lofted pass to set Michael Olakigbe through on goal was swept up by the outrushing Thimothee Lo-Tutala. A good Spurs move then saw Binks pass the ball to Pedder who gave the ball to J’Neil Bennett who surged forward down the left hand side of the Fulham box before firing an effort on goal which was saved at his near post by Damian Las. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick was just missed by Luis Binks inside the Fulham box before Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared Aprion Pajaziti’s cross. Spurs were in full control of the game.

Rafferty Pedder had a cross cleared away by Luca Murphy before Pedder received J’Neil Bennett’s pass inside the Fulham box. The Maidstone born attacking midfielder skipped past Fulham defender Ibane Bowat before firing the ball into the side netting. Romaine Mundle then had a shot cleared away by Luca Murphy before Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a goal ruled out for offside, before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Spurs got the second half underway and Matt Taylor’s side started the half in a fantastic way. After receiving Kion Etete’s pass out on the left wing J’Neil Bennett crossed the ball for Romaine Mundle inside the centre of the Fulham box and he smartly tapped the ball past Dominic Las to double Spurs’ advantage, 2-0. A couple of minutes later Harvey White did well to pick out Kion Etete inside the Fulham box with a clever lofted pass. Etete then fired the ball against the bottom right hand post, before Romaine Mundle saw his shot deflect wide of the goal. Mundle received a yellow card shortly afterwards for pulling back Aprion Pajaziti. After receiving Harvey White’s pass J’Neil Bennett surged into the Fulham box before being brought down by Jay Williams as the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Harvey White stood up again before firing the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal, 3-0.

After Jean-Pierre Tiehi had latched onto Aprion Pajaziti’s through ball, he had a shot blocked behind by Marqes Muir inside the Spurs box before Michael Olakigbe curled an effort onto Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s crossbar. Ibane Bowat then blocked J’Neil Bennett’s shot on goal before Fulham’s Idris Odutayo headed Rafferty Pedder’s whipped cross just wide of the Fulham goal. Kion Etete then headed wide Harvey White’s corner kick as Spurs continued to dominate the game, playing some lovely attacking football in the process. Luis Binks headed Harvey White’s cross wide of the Fulham goal, before White won a free kick in a promising position on the pitch. White’s resulting whipped effort however, flew over the crossbar of Dominic Las. Fulham managed to pull a goal back in the 77th minute of the game through Jean-Pierre Tiehi. Oliver O’Neil’s shot on goal was blocked by Malachi Fagan-Walcott, but the ball ran through to Tiehi in the Spurs box and he slotted the ball past Lo-Tutala, 3-1. Spurs then made a double change as Tarrelle Whittaker and Aaron Skinner came onto replace Kion Etete and Max Robson. Harvey White shot rather ambitiously wide from the restart before Luis Binks headed a whipped free kick from White wide of the Fulham goal.

Aaron Skinner’s whipped cross was volleyed over by Tarrelle Whittaker, before Spurs netted their fourth goal of the game to secure all three points. After Dermi Lusala had passed the ball to J’Neil Bennett out on the left wing, Bennett whipped a delightful cross into the Fulham box where he managed to pick out Tarrelle Whittaker. Whittaker calmly took a touch before firing the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal of Dominic Las, 4-1. Schoolboy Roshaun Mathurin replaced Romaine Mundle for the final minutes of the game. Mathurin had a cross cleared away by Ibane Bowat before Dermi Lusala got back to make a terrific goal saving challenge on Oliver O’Neil inside the Tottenham box. This was an excellent team performance from Spurs, who dominated their London rivals from the start to the finish of Saturday’s league game. If they play like that against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday then they will have no problems progressing to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: Although the Spurs goalkeeper didn’t make a single save against Fulham, Lo-Tutala did well in his all round play. The 16 year old came rushing out of his box to make an important clearance in the first half.
  • Marqes Muir: This was an excellent performance from Muir at right back and the Lambeth born defender totally neutralised the threat of Fulham winger Imani Lanquedoc. Muir made some good challenges and blocks and he never allowed Lanquedoc to enjoy much space down our right hand side.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The Spurs captain cut out a number of decent Fulham attacks and the RCB defended solidly throughout the entirety of Saturday’s game. 
  • Luis Binks: The LCB was always in the right place at the right time and he never strayed out of position. Binks was dominant in the air and faultless on the ground, this was a very good performance from the Gillingham born centre half.
  • Dermi Lusala: Yet another player who had an excellent game, Lusala defended really well and he made some important challenges. However, the North Londoner managed to combine his defensive duties with his attacking ones so well and he went on many a good skilful run down the right flank. Lusala made one excellent late defensive intervention and he was also involved in our fourth and final goal of the game.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Max Robson: The first year scholar never stopped running and pressing the Fulham players. Robson went on many good forward runs, and like his midfield partner Harvey White he combined both his attacking duties and defensive duties really well. Robson won our opening penalty of the game after being barged inside the Fulham box. 
  • Romaine Mundle: Operating out on the right wing Mundle went on some good skilful runs down that flank and he managed to cause the Fulham fullback a lot of bother. Mundle also took his goal really well. 
  • Rafferty Pedder: The attacking midfielder put in a very Armando Shashoua-esque shift in the CAM position. Pedder went on some excellent long surging forward runs and he showed great strength on the ball. Pedder did an excellent job at linking the play, and he made many a nice incisive forward pass. 
  • J’Neil Bennett: Chipping in with a hat-trick of assists, the skilful J’Neil Bennett went on many very good runs down the left flank and his crossing, vision and skill was all very good indeed.
  • Kion Etete: The 18 year old striker led the line really well for Matt Taylor’s side. Etete laid the ball off well to his teammates and he worked really hard up top. Etete was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the second half after hitting the woodwork. 
  • Aaron Skinner: The son of the former Blackburn Rovers player Craig Skinner came off the bench late on in the game. Skinner slotted into central midfield and he made one good crunching challenge.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: Our under 18’s top scorer this season came off the bench to score a well taken late goal, his seventh of the season. 
  • Roshaun Mathurin: N/A.

My man of the match: The second year scholar completely bossed the game from central midfield (White chipped in with two goals). I lost count at the amount of chances that White created from deep, the Maidstone born midfielder showed great guile in the middle of the park and he moved the ball around the pitch really well. In addition White’s balance and strength on the ball made him difficult to play against in the centre of the park. White’s vision for a pass and ability to dictate the game as well as defend from the central areas of the pitch played a massive factor in Spurs winning the game. 

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 7

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 4

Kion Etete –  4

Enock Asante – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Harvey White – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Romaine Mundle – 1

Assists:

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 5

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Romaine Mundle – 3

Kion Etete – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Harvey White – 2

Enock Asante – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Yago Santiago – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s first game of 2020 is a big London derby against Chelsea, at Stevenage Borough’s Lamex Stadium on Monday night. Wayne Burnett’s side have enjoyed a good season so far and they currently occupy sixth spot in the PL2 division one. Andy Myers’ Chelsea on the other hand are unbeaten in the league and they sit in second place with 24 points from 12 games, and a game in hand. Chelsea boast a wealth of talent and with names such as Billy Gilmour, Clinton Mola and Marc Guehi on their books, there is no doubting that this will be a seriously difficult encounter for Spurs. Furthermore Spurs will likely have to do without important players such as Luis Binks, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Harvey White owing to our under 18’s important FA Youth Cup game against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday. This however, will give playing time for other players to step in. For those interested Monday nights game is being shown live on Chelsea TV. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for the game.

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

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Patterson, Markanday, Rayan Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: Kazaiah Sterling.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Jeremie Mukendi.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Chelsea’s talented central midfielder Billy Gilmour (18) who has already featured on two occasions for their first team in the Premier League this season. Gilmour has excellent vision and great passing ability, and the Scotland under 21 international has the ability to take players out of the game with a single pass. 

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

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

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Spurs were stunned by Saturday’s opponents Fulham on the opening day of the league season when they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by the ‘ Cottagers ‘ at their Motspur Park training facility. Matt Taylor’s side were totally outplayed by a very good Fulham side and since beating us back in August they have been in outstanding form. Fulham occupy second spot in the under 18 premier league south with 27 points from 11 games, they are also unbeaten in the league. Matt Taylor’s Spurs side finished 2019 with an impressive 4-3 victory over Leicester City and they’ll be hoping to put in a similar performance on Saturday morning. Steve Wigley’s side on the other hand will be desperate to keep up their unbeaten record and with quality players such as skilful attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, centre forward Jay Stansfield and winger Sylvester Jasper they are sure to give Spurs a tough game. This game takes place at an interesting time for Spurs, as the young Lilywhites have a hugely important FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday, so I would imagine that a number of players will be rested for Saturday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Cirkin (c), John, Robson, Whittaker, Pedder, Cooper, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Santiago, Mundle, Carrington.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-4. 

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Former Exeter City schoolboy Jay Stansfield. Stansfield has been in brilliant form for Fulham’s under 18 side this season, and he has netted an extremely impressive 18 goals in 11 league matches so far this campaign. Apart from being a very good finisher, Stansfield also has very good off the ball movement.