Spurs Under 21’s 2-2 Leicester City: (match report)

In the Spurs Under 21’s first Premier League 2 fixture of the new 2022/23 season, Wayne Burnett’s side played against Leicester City, at their new training ground. The game finished in a 2-2 draw. It was quite a close and end to end match, and in the end I thought that a draw was probably the fair result. Spurs lined-up with Josh Keeley in goal, with Tyrell Ashcroft, Matthew Craig, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Charlie Sayers starting in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Kallum Cesay started in central midfield, as Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Nile John led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. Early on in the match a through-ball pass from Ethan Fitzhugh to Tawanda Maswanhise resulted in the Leicester forward receiving the ball inside the Spurs box, but his low effort was saved by Josh Keeley. Kallum Cesay blocked Kasey McAteer’s effort inside the Spurs penalty area, before Leicester took the lead shortly after. The impressive Sammy Braybrooke’s lofted pass to Tawanda Maswanhise on the right side of the Spurs box, resulted in the Leicester player heading the ball across goal. However, unfortunately Charlie Sayers’ attempted headed clearance saw the ball go into the goal off of the underside of the crossbar, 0-1.

Less than six minutes after conceding the opening goal of the match, Spurs managed to score an equalising goal. Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick found Malachi Fagan-Walcott inside the Leicester box, and his volleyed effort on goal bounced into the goal and past Chituru Odunze in the Leicester goal, 1-1. After receiving Kasey McAteer’s cross inside the Spurs penalty area, Ethan Fitzhugh’s headed effort on goal was saved by Josh Keeley. A good free-kick from Romaine Mundle deflected wide of the Leicester goal, from the left side of the pitch. Then a couple of minutes later Josh Keeley did well to save Ethan Fitzhugh’s low effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area. After latching onto a loose pass, Romaine Mundle tested the Leicester goalkeeper Chituru Odunze with an effort from distance, but the goalkeeper saved well, before Alfie Devine hit an effort wide of the goal. After receiving Alfie Devine’s pass on the edge of the Leicester penalty area, Tyrell Ashcroft hit an effort over the Leicester goal.

Jamie Bowden had an effort from the edge of the Leicester penalty area blocked, after receiving the ball from Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick. After winning the ball, Romaine Mundle went forward with the ball at pace, before having a low effort saved from the right side of the Leicester penalty area. Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Tyrell Ashcroft were both shown yellow cards during the remaining minutes of the first half, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Leicester got the second half underway. A low cross from Kasey McAteer on the right side of the pitch, resulted in Tawanda Maswanhise meeting the ball in the centre of the Spurs box, and he tapped the ball past Josh Keeley to put Leicester in to the lead again, 1-2. Josh Keeley did well to get the ball off of Kasey McAteer on the right side of the Spurs box, and he then made a good and important challenge on Ethan Fitzhugh, outside of his penalty area. Spurs made two substitutions in less than three minutes, with Jamie Donley firstly replacing Charlie Sayers, before Roshaun Mathurin replaced Yago Santiago.

Spurs managed to score an equalising goal on 66 minutes, after Jamie Bowden met Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick on the edge of the Leicester box. Bowden’s powerful effort was well saved by Chituru Odunze, but the ball came to Nile John inside the Leicester box, and he was able to finish into the goal, 2-2. Soon after Spurs’ equalising goal, Jamie Bowden had an effort from the edge of the Leicester City penalty area saved by Chituru Odunze, before Marqes Muir came on to replace Jamie Bowden. Very late on in the match Alfie Devine headed an effort just wide from Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick towards the near post of the Leicester goal. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 fixture is at home to Everton, at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Friday evening.

My Spurs player of the match – Romaine Mundle. Starting the match out on the left flank as a winger, in my opinion Romaine Mundle had a good game, and was arguably Spurs’ best player on the day. The 19 year old used the ball well, went on some good forward runs with it, and he got the assist for Malachi Fagan-Walcott’s goal. Romaine’s set-pieces were consistently good against Leicester City.

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