Spurs Under 18’s 2-3 Norwich City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Norwich City on Saturday, in a Premier League South fixture at their Lotus Training Centre. The second time that Spurs’ Under 18 side have faced Norwich in the league this month, Stuart Lewis’ side lost the match 3-2, in what was a difficult game for Spurs, with Norwich getting better and better as the match went on. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Will Andiyapan, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started the match in central midfield, while Sam Amo-Ameyaw and Thomas Bloxham started the match out on the flanks, either side of CAM Riley Owen. Spurs’ captain Jaden Williams led the line. Norwich got the match underway. Riley Owen had an early effort blocked on the edge of the Norwich box, before Michael Reindorf headed wide Harry Brooke’s cross at the other end of the pitch, not long after. Dorrington headed wide from a Cassanova free-kick on the right flank, and then Spurs took the lead in the 14th minute of the match. 

After Norwich City goalkeeper David Aziaya’s clearance wasn’t cleared as he would have liked, the ball came to Jaden Williams. The Spurs forward received the ball inside the Norwich box, and he then gave the ball to Thomas Bloxham, on the left side of the Norwich penalty area. Bloxham came inside onto his right foot and found the right hand corner of the goal, with a good curling effort, 1-0. A good Spurs move followed, and after Bloxham managed to find Sam Amo-Ameyaw on the right side of a Norwich box with a pass, Amo-Ameyaw came inside with the ball before curling an effort just over the goal. After winning the ball on the left flank, Joe Duffy came inside onto his right foot before hitting a brilliant effort from distance towards Maguire’s goal, which went in off his left hand post, 1-1. Jaden Williams and Archie Chaplin both had efforts blocked inside the Norwich box, before Dante Cassanova did well to block Alex Matos’ effort behind, from the right side of the Spurs box. 

Sam Amo-Ameyaw came inside from the right and had a low effort saved by David Aziaya. Riley Owen then hit an effort over the Norwich goal. Harry Brooke’s pass towards Alex Matos in behind the Spurs defence, allowed the winger to go down the left side of the Spurs box, before having his effort well saved by Maguire. Rio Kyerematen had an effort blocked inside the Norwich box, and then just before half-time Norwich took the lead for the first time in the game. A good long pass from the right flank to Ken Aboh, resulted in the Norwich centre-forward taking the ball into the Spurs box, before finishing low into the goal, past Aaron Maguire, 1-2. Spurs got the second half underway. Harry Brooke’s lofted pass to Ken Aboh inside the Spurs box, resulted in the Norwich forward having an effort saved by Maguire. The Spurs goalkeeper then saved well from Alex Matos’ effort inside the Spurs box. Spurs then made a double change as Maxwell McKnight and Billy Heaps came on to replace Thomas Bloxham and Riley Owen respectively.

After going on a good run with the ball, Ken Aboh passed the ball to the impressive Finley Welch on the edge of the Spurs box, but his effort went over the goal. After receiving Rio Kyerematen’s pass on the left side of the Norwich box, Maxwell McKnight hit an effort over the goal. Amo-Ameyaw then had a low effort from the edge of the Norwich box saved, before Spurs managed to score an equaliser. After getting on the ball following a loose pass from a Norwich defender, Dante Cassanova passed the ball to Jaden Williams inside the Norwich box, and he then passed the ball to Rio Kyerematen, who finished well from his first time low effort, 2-2. Harry Brooke hit an effort wide from the right side of the Spurs box, and then a couple of minutes later Brandon Bryan-Waugh replaced Will Andiyapan. After having an effort blocked, Rio Kyerematen tried his luck from the left side of the Spurs box, but David Aziaya managed to stop the ball with his feet. Cassanova had an effort blocked after meeting Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s corner-kick inside the Norwich box. 

A good long pass from Billy Heaps to find Maxwell McKnight down the left side of the Norwich box, resulted in McKnight going inside onto his right foot and hitting the ball narrowly wide of the goal. Norwich regained the lead after their captain Bradley Hills found the bottom right hand corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal from a header, after meeting Finley Welch’s cross, 2-3. Archie Chaplin blocked Joe Duffy’s effort, before Aaron Maguire saved Finley Welch’s low effort from distance. Rio Kyerematen received a yellow card, and then the alert Archie Chaplin managed to block Alex Matos’ effort inside the Spurs box, before deflecting a cross onto Maguire’s crossbar. Two late chances saw Williams have an effort blocked inside the Norwich box, and then a couple of minutes later Ben Watt hit an effort over after receiving the ball down the right side of the Spurs box. A late confrontation between both sets of players resulted in Alfie Dorrington and Jahziah Linton both receiving yellow cards, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs face Brighton away on Tuesday, in their next Premier League South match.

Player reviews: 

  • Aaron Maguire: The Spurs goalkeeper and second year scholar made some impressive saves that kept Spurs in the match. Maguire’s distribution was also good, and he tried his best to calm down the late confrontation between both sets of players.
  • Will Andiyapan: The right-back often stayed deep to help out the defence, but unfortunately he picked up an injury during the second half, and he had to be substituted.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half often went on good and skilful runs out from the back, with the ball.
  • Archie Chaplin: Reading the game well and showing good pace on occasions, centre-half Archie Chaplin had quite a lot of defending to do alongside Alfie Dorrington, during the second half.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got forward well throughout the match.
  • Dante Cassanova: The defensive-midfielder worked hard in midfield, and he was involved in Spurs’ second goal of the game.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting the match in central midfield but later moving into the CAM role, midfielder Rio Kyerematen took his second half goal well, and he went on some good forward runs with the ball.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: Starting the game really well out on the right flank as a winger, Amo-Ameyaw came close to scoring a goal during the first half.
  • Riley Owen: The CAM brought the ball forward well on occasions, and he worked hard off the ball in the unfamiliar CAM role.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The scorer of a well taken early goal, Republic of Ireland Under 17 international Thomas Bloxham impressed with his link-up play during the first half.
  • Jaden Williams: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Maxwell McKnight: The second half substitute was direct with the ball, and he came very close to scoring a goal, after he came inside onto his right foot and hit an effort narrowly wide of the Norwich goal.  
  • Billy Heaps: The midfielder made some good passes from midfield during his time on the pitch.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back and second half substitute went on an impressive forward run with the ball down the right flank, during his time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Jaden Williams. The centre-forward and Spurs captain led the line well on Saturday. The first year scholar made some good runs in behind the Norwich defence, worked really hard off the ball and set-up both of Spurs’ goals. Williams deserved a goal today. 

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