Spurs Under 18’s 3-1 Crystal Palace: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Crystal Palace on Saturday morning at their training ground in south London, in a Premier League South fixture. Spurs won the game 3-1, and they had a good game, from start to finish. Captain Luca Gunter started in goal for Spurs, as George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Will Andiyapan started in defence. Rio Kyerematen and Tyrese Hall started in central midfield, and Damola Ajayi and Jaden Williams started the game out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Will Lankshear led the line for Spurs. Crystal Palace got the game underway. Will Lankshear headed a cross from Will Andiyapan wide inside the Crystal Palace box early on in the game, before Spurs took the lead in the ninth minute of the match. Tyrese Hall’s low cross from the right side of the Crystal Palace box found Will Lankshear just in front of the goal, but the former Sheffield United player was unable to control the ball, as it came to Jamie Donley, who was able to finish from close range, 1-0.

After Rio Kyerematen went forward with the ball from midfield he passed the ball forward well to Will Lankshear, who had made a run in between the Crystal Palace defence. Lankshear passed the ball across the goal to Jaden Williams, who was able to tap home from close range, 2-0. Archie Chaplin did well to block Zach Marsh’s effort inside the Spurs box, before Crystal Palace managed to get a goal. Caleb Kporha skilfully worked his way into the Spurs box, before finding the bottom left corner of Luca Gunter’s goal, 1-2. Alfie Dorrington blocked Jake Grante’s effort well inside the Spurs penalty area soon after, before a long ball over the top of the Crystal Palace defence from Damola Ajayi, sent Will Lankshear through on goal. However, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jackson Izquierdo came rushing out of his goal, and he ended up clattering into Lankshear, and after consulting with the linesman on the far side, the referee showed him a red card. Jamie Donley sent the resulting free-kick from distance over the goal.

The impressive Rio Kyerematen had an effort deflected just wide of the Crystal Palace goal, from the edge of their penalty area. George Abbott then had a curling effort which was pushed behind by Laurence Shala, just before half-time. Spurs got  the second half underway, and early on in the half Wales youth international Will Andiyapan had a low effort from distance saved by the Crystal Palace goalkeeper. Luca Gunter saved Freddie Bell’s effort from the edge of the Spurs box, before Spurs regained their two goal lead on 59 minutes. The influential Jamie Donley’s low cross from the left flank managed to find Will Lankshear in the centre of the Crystal Palace penalty area, and he finished well past the goalkeeper in clinical fashion, 3-1. Adler Nascimento hit an effort over the Spurs goal from inside their penalty area, as the home side tried to respond. Rio Kyerematen then hit an effort over from the edge of the Crystal Palace box, before having an effort blocked soon after.

Spurs continued to control the game, and after Jamie Donley’s effort inside the Crystal Palace box was blocked behind for a corner-kick, at the other end of the pitch Luca Gunter saved Adler Nascimento’s effort from a free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box. Alfie Dorrington then hit a low effort wide from distance, a couple of minutes before Oliver Irow and Yusuf Akhamrich came on for Damola Ajayi and Will Lankshear. The substitute Oliver Irow hit an effort just wide of the goal, from the edge of the Crystal Palace box. Kieran Morgan replaced Will Andiyapan soon after, before Dorrington did well to block an effort towards goal from Caleb Kporha. Luca Gunter saved another Crystal Palace effort, this time from a corner-kick, before then saving Eyimofe Jemide’s headed effort on goal. Jamie Donley had a late effort blocked on the edge of the box, with Tyrese Hall then departing the field moments later, after an impressive performance on his return to the side, as he was replaced by Riley Owen. Jaden Williams had an effort blocked, with Yusuf Akhamrich then hitting an effort over the goal, after getting on the ball following a Spurs free-kick. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. Spurs’ next game (in the league) is at home to Norwich City on Tuesday.

My man of the match – Alfie Dorrington. Showing his quality on the ball throughout the entirety of the match, central defender Alfie Dorrington made some good defensive decisions and blocks against Crystal Palace. The England Under 18 international also read the game impressively, and his overall performance was once again of a very good quality.

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