Spurs Under 21’s 0-2 Everton: (match report)

In their second Premier League 2 match of the season, the Spurs Under 21 side faced Everton, at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Friday evening. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the game 2-0. Spurs lined-up with Josh Keeley in goal, while Tyrell Ashcroft, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Kallum Cesay started in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in central midfield, with Romaine Mundle and Nile John starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Jamie Donley started as the centre-forward for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway. Early on in the match Mackenzie Hunt hit an effort over the Spurs goal from the left side of the Tottenham penalty area. Then a couple of minutes later Charlie Whitaker’s cross to Isaac Price inside the Spurs box, was volleyed across the goal by Price, but in the end Marqes Muir’s attempted clearance unfortunately ended up going into the Spurs goal, 0-1. After Jamie Donley had passed the ball to Alfie Devine on the edge of the Everton penalty area, Devine had an effort blocked by Joe Anderson.

A powerful effort from Jamie Donley on the left side of the Everton box was saved by goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban. Shortly after that chance for Spurs, Everton managed to create a chance at the other end of the pitch. Tom Cannon did well on the left side of the Spurs box, before hitting a low effort wide of the Spurs goal. After receiving Alfie Devine’s pass, Romaine Mundle hit an effort wide from the right side of the Everton box. Jamie Bowden then picked up an injury shortly after, and had to be stretchered off the pitch. He was replaced by Yago Santiago. After Marqes Muir had fouled Sean McAllister on the left side of the Spurs penalty area, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. The referee also showed a yellow card to Tyrell Ashcroft for a previous challenge. Tom Cannon stepped up to calmly find the bottom right hand corner of Josh Keeley’s goal from the resulting penalty kick, 0-2. Spurs tried to respond, and after Jamie Donley passed the ball to Romaine Mundle on the right side of the pitch, Mundle came inside with the ball onto his left foot, before entering the Everton box and having an effort deflected over the goal.

Jamie Donley had a headed effort from a cross well saved by Zan-Luk Leban, before Lewis Warrington hit a low deflected effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area. The referee then sounded his whistle for half-time. Everton got the second half underway, with Spurs making one change at half-time, as Charlie Sayers replaced Malachi Fagan-Walcott in central defence. Tyrell Ashcroft hit an effort over the Everton goal inside their penalty area, after receiving Alfie Devine’s pass, before Everton created a chance at the other end of the pitch. Tom Cannon received Isaac Price’s through-ball pass, but his deflected effort from the edge of the Spurs box went over the goal. Josh Keeley was alert to make a good save to stop Charlie Whitaker’s effort inside the Spurs box, after he had managed to latch onto the ball. Joe Anderson then headed wide from Lewis Warrington’s free-kick, before some good work from Charlie Whitaker with the ball ended in him having an effort from the edge of the Spurs box saved by Josh Keeley. 

Nile John hit a deflected effort wide of the Everton goal, from inside their penalty area, and then a couple of minutes later a loose pass saw the ball go to Tom Cannon inside the Spurs box, but Josh Keeley was able to save his effort. Romaine Mundle hit an effort over from the right side of the Everton penalty area, and then he received a yellow card a couple of minutes later. Alfie Devine headed a good free-kick from Romaine Mundle just wide, inside the Everton box. However, Devine had to be substituted after that chance, as he had picked up an injury. Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace him. After managing to get onto the ball following Kyle John’s headed pass to Everton goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban, inside the Everton box, Roshaun Mathurin was almost able to control the ball, but his effort went wide of the goal. Nile John hit an effort just wide of Zan-Luk Leban’s goal, shortly after, before Isaac Price hit a low effort wide from distance. Nile John had a late effort saved by Zan-Luk Leban, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ Under 21 side face Manchester City (away) next Sunday, in their next Premier League 2 fixture.

My Spurs player of the match – Josh Keeley. The Spurs goalkeeper made three saves against Everton on Friday, and he was also very confident with the ball at his feet, and he turned really well with the ball away from an Everton player inside his penalty area during the second half. The Republic of Ireland youth international also had a good game against Leicester City, on Monday evening.

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