Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Norwich City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Norwich City to Hotspur Way on Saturday, for a Premier League South match. Spurs head-coach Stuart Lewis saw his side win the match 2-1, but Norwich made Spurs work hard to get the win, especially in the second half. Spurs lined-up with Adam Hayton in goal, while a back four of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Archie Chaplin, Charlie Sayers and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. George Abbott and Jez Davies started in central-midfield, while Billy Heaps and Riley Owen started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rio Kyerematen. Spurs captain Jamie Donley led the line. Norwich got the game underway on a warm day in Enfield. An early chance for the away team followed, after Dubem Eze passed the ball to Oscar Thorn on the right side of the Spurs penalty area. However, Thorn’s low effort went across and wide of goalkeeper Adam Hayton’s goal. Rio Kyerematen had an effort saved from the edge of the Norwich box, before centre-half Charlie Sayers headed an effort wide from a Rio Kyerematen free-kick. Kyerematen then had an effort blocked by a defender inside the Norwich box, a couple of minutes later.

Spurs took the lead in the 30th minute of the game through the impressive Rio Kyerematen. After receiving a pass from Jez Davies just outside the Norwich box, Kyerematen hit an effort towards the centre of the goal. However, Norwich goalkeeper David Aziaya got his angles wrong, and ended up being unable to gather the effort which went through his hands and into the goal, 1-0. Rio Kyerematen headed over a cross from Jahziah Linton, before Spurs doubled their lead. The Norwich goalkeeper took slightly too long on the ball inside his box, and he was closed down by Jamie Donley, who ended up scoring after David Aziaya’s clearance rebounded into the goal off of Donley, 2-0. Norwich responded well to Spurs scoring their second goal of the game. After receiving Oscar Thorn’s pass on the right side of the Spurs box, Ken Aboh had an effort saved by Adam Hayton, before the ball was then cleared. Dubem Eze saw his deflected effort go wide of the Spurs goal, before Norwich finally did get a goal, a couple of minutes after Rio Kyerematen was shown a yellow card. A free-kick into the Spurs box ended up coming to Brad Hills, whose headed effort went into the right corner of the goal, 2-1. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after.

Spurs got the second half underway. Charlie Sayers volleyed an effort over the Norwich goal from a Rio Kyerematen corner-kick, before Brandon Bryan-Waugh was shown a yellow card for making a foul. After showing good skill on the ball Riley Owen had a blocked effort saved by David Aziaya. Spurs’ first change of the game saw Maxwell McKnight replace Brandon Bryan-Waugh, and a couple of minutes after that substitution was made Adam Hayton unfortunately gave the ball away to Finley Welch. The Norwich substitute continued with the ball into the Spurs box before hitting the ball off of Hayton’s near post, with the ball then going behind for a goal kick. Thomas Bloxham replaced Riley Owen, and then after picking up an injury Archie Chaplin was replaced by Leo Black. Rio Kyerematen volleyed a good effort wide of the Norwich goal, before Oscar Thorn hit an effort across Adam Hayton’s goal, at the other end of the pitch. Spurs substitute Leo Black volleyed wide an effort from a Thomas Bloxham cross, as Spurs looked for that important third goal.

Joe Duffy headed a free-kick into the arms of Adam Hayton, before a late Spurs move almost ended in them scoring another goal. After Leo Black managed to win the ball off of Norwich defender Lewis Shipley, the midfielder passed the ball to Rio Kyerematen who then gave the ball to Maxwell McKnight, whose effort inside the Norwich box was tipped over the goal by goalkeeper David Aziaya. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time a couple of minutes later. Spurs’ next league game is on Tuesday, when they face Chelsea at their Cobham training ground.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: The Spurs goalkeeper and second year scholar didn’t have a lot of saves to make today. He made one good save during the first half, but he dealt really well with crosses and set-pieces into the Spurs box.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back kept good positioning during his time on the pitch, and he also got forward well on occasions.
  • Archie Chaplin: Defending solidly during his time on the pitch, the centre-half started on the right side of central-defence. Chaplin later had to be substituted after picking up an injury in the second half.
  • Charlie Sayers: The left sided centre-half had a good game for Spurs. The second year scholar was good in the air, and also solid in defence.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back like all of the Spurs defence, had a good game. Linton went on one particularly impressive run with the ball down the left flank during the second half.
  • George Abbott: The defensive-midfielder started the match in midfield, where he worked hard and covered a lot of ground, before later going to right-back.
  • Jez Davies: Carrying on from his impressive performance against West Ham last week, central-midfielder Jez Davies was impressive on the ball and he shielded it well in midfield. After setting-up Rio Kyerematen’s first half goal, Davies went into central-defence in the second half, after Archie Chaplin left the field.
  • Billy Heaps: Starting the match out on the right flank as a winger, midfielder Billy Heaps was efficient in what he did today, against Norwich. Heaps would later go into central-midfield, where he continued to quietly impress.
  • Rio Kyerematen: My man of the match, see below.
  • Riley Owen: The winger started the match out on the left flank, and he started the game well. Owen went on some good runs with the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Jamie Donley: The centre-forward was always looking to drop deep to receive the ball and create chances for his teammates. Donley scored a slightly fortunate first half goal, but his all-round game was good once again.
  • Maxwell McKnight: After replacing Brandon Bryan-Waugh and going out to the right flank as a winger during the second half, Maxwell McKnight often found himself in quite a bit of space out on the right flank. He was very direct both with and without the ball.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The Republic of Ireland Under 17 international was like Maxwell McKnight, with how direct he was with the ball out wide.
  • Leo Black: This was a good cameo from the midfield player. Leo Black worked well of the ball and was involved in the final third quite a bit during the second half.

My man of the match: Rio Kyerematen. The midfielder and first year scholar started the match against Norwich as a CAM. Kyerematen brought the ball forward really well from midfield, and he used the ball very well today. After scoring a slightly fortunate first half goal, Rio impressed with his delivery from set-pieces, and he showed good skill on the ball throughout the match.

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