Spurs Under 21’s 2-3 Enfield Town: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side played their second friendly match of pre-season on Tuesday evening, when Wayne Burnett’s side made the short trip to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, to face Isthmian League Premier Division side Enfield Town. Spurs lost the game 3-2, but it was another good test for Spurs’ Under 21 side, as they prepare for the new 2022/23 season. Aaron Maguire started in goal for Spurs, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Alfie Dorrington and Danny Rose started in defence. Matthew Craig and captain Marcel Lavinier started in midfield, with Max Robson and Roshaun Mathurin starting out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Josh Chambers. Jeremie Mukendi led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway in Enfield, but it was the home side who took the lead early on in the match. After Marqes Muir did well to block John Muleba’s effort inside the Spurs box, the ball came to Sam Youngs in the centre of the penalty area. And he was able to find the bottom left hand corner of Maguire’s goal, 0-1. A little while later Roshaun Mathurin came inside onto his right foot from the left flank, before hitting an effort wide of the Enfield goal. After Danny Rose went forward with the ball down the left flank, he found Max Robson in the Enfield penalty area with a good cross. However, Robson’s low volleyed effort went just wide of the goal.

After Sam Youngs hit an effort from a free-kick into the Spurs wall, the ball came to James Dayton, whose effort went over Aaron Maguire’s goal. Following a pass from Josh Chambers, Roshaun Mathurin showed some great skill to enter the Enfield box, before being fouled by Scott Shulton, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. And Mathurin found the bottom right corner of the Enfield goal from the following penalty, 1-1. John Muleba headed a cross from an Enfield free-kick, just over the Spurs goal from inside their box. Then soon after, Wynford Marko hit an effort from the right side of the Spurs box, which deflected wide off of Danny Rose. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later. Luca Gunter had replaced Aaron Maguire in goal, for the start of the second half. After receiving the ball inside the Spurs box, Marcus Wyllie hit an effort on goal, which was saved well by Luca Gunter, before Scott Shulton hit an effort over the Spurs goal. Gunter then made another impressive save, to keep out a headed effort on goal from Marcus Wyllie, before making another two very good saves. 

An effort from a free-kick from Sam Youngs, was well kept out by the alert Luca Gunter. The ball then came to Wynford Marko, but his effort was also saved really well by Gunter, before the ball ended up reaching Adam Cunnington, who scored from close range, 1-2. Marcel Lavinier had an effort from distance blocked, before Enfield were awarded a penalty at the other end of the pitch, after Kallum Cesay had brought down Marcus Wyllie inside the Spurs box. Sam Youngs then stepped up to find the bottom left corner of the Spurs goal, 1-3. Spurs made a number of changes before the game got started again. As Jamie Bowden, Nile John, Romaine Mundle, Kion Etete, Yago Santiago, Maksim Paskotši and Tyrell Ashcroft entered the pitch. As Danny Rose, Roshaun Mathurin, Jeremie Mukendi, Josh Chambers, Max Robson, Marqes Muir and Kallum Cesay all left the pitch. After going onto his right foot from the left flank, Romaine Mundle hit an effort wide of the Enfield goal from distance. Not long after that effort from Romaine Mundle, Spurs got their second goal of the game. After receiving the ball some way out from goal, Nile John looked up before hitting an unstoppable effort into the top left corner of the Enfield goal, 2-3.

Maksim Paskotši headed an effort just wide at the back post of the Enfield goal, after meeting Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick. The referee sounded his whistle shortly after that chance for Spurs to get a late equaliser. Spurs’ next pre-season friendly is against Leyton Orient, on Saturday in the JE3 Trophy.

My Spurs player of the match: Luca Gunter. The second year scholar and goalkeeper came on for the start of the second half, and he had a fine game during the second half. The 17 year old goalkeeper who has been called-up to represent England at youth level in the past, was making his first appearance since returning from an injury which had kept him out for much of the second half of last season. He made four impressive saves against Enfield Town, keeping good positioning and showing his excellent reflexes.

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