Spurs Under 21’s 1-3 Blackburn Rovers: (match report) 

Spurs’ Under 21 side welcomed Blackburn Rovers to Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League 2 fixture. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the game 3-1, but the score didn’t really reflect how the game went, in my opinion. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Marqes Muir and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Matthew Craig and Harvey White started in central midfield, with Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle starting out on the flanks, either of CAM and Spurs captain Nile John. Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs, who got the match underway. However, the game didn’t start well for Spurs, with Blackburn Rovers taking the lead in the second minute of the match. After receiving Sam Szmodics pass down the left side of the Spurs box, Jared Harlock continued forward before finishing well past Aaron Maguire, 0-1.

Jared Harlock had an effort saved by Maguire inside the Spurs penalty area, before Tyrell Ashcroft had picked up an injury, and had to be replaced, as Max Robson was substituted on. Romaine Mundle had an effort blocked by Jay Haddow, inside the Blackburn Rovers penalty area, with Jamie Donley then having a deflected low effort from the edge of the away side’s penalty area, saved by Jordan Eastham. Sam Szmodics curled an effort wide of the Spurs goal, before Spurs went forward with the ball down the opposite end of the pitch. Romaine Mundle went inside with the ball from the left flank, before hitting an effort on goal, which was well saved by Eastham. A couple of minutes later and after receiving a pass from Max Robson, Romaine Mundle hit a powerful effort wide of the goal, after going inside with the ball from the left flank.

Patrick Gamble’s powerful effort from distance was tipped over his goal by Aaron Maguire, and then shortly afterwards, and after winning the ball off of Nile John,  Joe Rankin Costello went into the Spurs box, before hitting a low effort wide of the goal. Late on in the half Harvey White had an effort from the edge of the Blackburn Rovers box saved. The 20 year old midfielder then had an effort blocked soon after that initial chance. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later. The away side got the second half underway. An early chance came Spurs’ way, as Matthew Craig’s powerful deflected effort inside the away side’s penalty area was saved well by Jordan Eastham, with the ball then going to Jamie Donley, whose effort from close range was also saved.

Former Spurs player Dilan Markanday headed Sam Szmodics’ cross wide, before Spurs went forward down the other side of the pitch. A cross from Kallum Cesay on the right flank, ended up going to Romaine Mundle on the left side of the penalty area, and after some good skill on the ball he curled an effort wide of Eastham’s goal. Marqes Muir did well to block an effort from Joe Rankin Costello, with Spurs once again going forward with the ball. After receiving Harvey White’s pass on the right side of the Blackburn Rovers box, Yago Santiago skilfully went past Georgie Gent, before hitting an effort just over the goal. Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a yellow card a couple of minutes later. Marqes Muir blocked Louie Annesley’s effort well inside the Spurs box, before Harvey White blocked an effort from Sam Szmodics. The same player hit an effort against Aaron Maguire’s near post from a tight angle inside the Spurs box, a couple of minutes later.

After receiving Max Robson’s pass, Nile John went forward with the ball before having a powerful effort saved well by Eastham. A pass from Spurs’ goalkeeper Aaron Maguire was latched onto by Adam Wharton, who then passed the ball to the feet of Harry Leonard inside the Spurs box, and the 19 year old forward managed to find the bottom right corner of the goal, 0-2. Marqes Muir again impressed, this time blocking an effort from Sam Szmodics inside the Spurs box, just before Adam Wharton hit an effort just wide of the goal. The game was still quite an even one, but the next goal would prove to be very important. The goal went Blackburn Rovers’ way, after Sam Szmodics received Adam Wharton’s through-ball pass, and  Sam Szmodics’ effort was saved well by Maguire, but the Spurs goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Harry Leonard’s effort on the follow up, into the roof of the goal, 0-3. 

A corner-kick which was delivered well into the box by Harvey White, was met by Marqes Muir, whose effort on goal from close range was saved well by Jordan Eastham. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster came on to replace Nile John, to make his first competitive appearance of the season. After receiving Matthew Craig’s pass on the left side of the Blackburn Rovers box, Jamie Donley hit an effort on goal which was saved by Jordan Eastham, with the ball then bouncing off of Donley and behind for a goal-kick. A good pass from Harvey White to Kallum Cesay on the right side of the away side’s box resulted in the defender hitting an effort wide of the goal. First year scholar Yusuf Akhamrich came on to make his debut for the Spurs Under 21 side, after replacing Jamie Donley. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had an effort blocked, and then in the 90th minute of the game Spurs managed to get a goal. After Romaine Mundle passed the ball to Matthew Craig on the left flank, the Scotland youth international managed to find Harvey White in the centre of the Blackburn Rovers box with a lofted pass, and the midfielder finished really well into the goal with an effort on the half volley, 1-3. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after.

Spurs’ Under 21 side face Peterborough United in a Papa Johns Trophy fixture on Tuesday, in their next game.

My Spurs player of the match – Harvey White. Showing his experience in central midfield, Harvey White’s class on the ball and excellent decision making was as impressive as always. Making some good and clever forward passes during the game, the 20 year old also scored a well taken late goal for Spurs. Also, Matthew Craig had a very good game at left-back, where he played at after Tyrell Ashcroft had to be substituted early on in the game. Max Robson linked the play well in the CAM role, and Romaine Mundle went on some good and skilful runs with the ball.

Spurs Under 19’s 3-0 Olympique de Marseille: (match report)

In their first group-stage game of the 2022/23 UEFA Youth League, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced French side Olympique de Marseille at Hotspur Way, on Tuesday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side won the game 3-0, and it was an impressive performance from Spurs in what was their first UEFA Youth League game since the 2019/20 season. Spurs lined-up with Luca Gunter in goal, while George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Captain Matthew Craig and Nile John started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Roshaun Mathurin started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Marseille got the game underway. Roshaun Mathurin hit an early effort over from the edge of the Marseille penalty area, before Luca Gunter made a very important save at the other end of the pitch, to stop Emran Soglo’s effort from close range, inside the Spurs box. 

Nile John had a deflected effort on the Marseille goal saved by goalkeeper Jelle Van Neck. Then, after trying to meet Luca Gunter’s long kick forward, Romaine Mundle managed to get onto the ball on the left side of the Marseille penalty area, but his resulting effort went wide across the goal. Raimane Daou had an effort from the edge of the Spurs box saved by Luca Gunter, a couple of minutes later. After Lucas Boulmot’s sliding challenge on Will Andiyapan inside the Marseille box resulted in the defender getting nothing on the ball, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Jamie Donley, who calmly found the bottom right corner of the goal, 1-0. Emran Soglo hit an effort wide from the edge of the Spurs box, and then shortly after Lucas Boulmot volleyed wide Jores Rahou’s corner-kick. Jamie Donley received a yellow card, and then a volleyed effort from Jores Rahou from distance went wide of Luca Gunter’s goal. 

On 32 minutes Spurs doubled their lead. After George Abbott had won the ball on the right flank, the second year scholar passed the ball to Romaine Mundle, who went forward with the ball down the right flank, before showing some good skill on the ball and delivering a low cross in front of the centre of the Marseille goal, which Jaden Williams tapped into the empty goal from close range, 2-0. Rayan Hassad hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal from distance, and then some good skill from Jores Rahou, resulted in him going into the Spurs box, but his effort went into the side-netting of Luca Gunter’s goal. Mathew Craig hit an effort over from the edge of the Marseille penalty area, and then a couple of minutes later, Yakine Mmadi Said hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area, in what was the final chance of the first half. Spurs got the second half underway. After Jaden Williams had won the ball off of Rayan Hassad, he tried to score a goal from distance, with a lofted effort. However, Jelle Van Neck was able to make the save. After Nile John hit a powerful effort which seemed to deflect onto the crossbar of the Marseille goal, the alert Jaden Williams ran into the centre of the Marseille box to get on the ball and finish with a first time effort, 3-0.

Luca Gunter managed to save an effort from distance, just before Spurs made their first change of the game, as Maxwell McKnight came on to replace Roshaun Mathurin. Romaine Mundle hit a free-kick effort wide of the Marseille goal, from a difficult angle on the right flank, before Emran Soglo hit an effort over the Spurs goal, at the other end of the pitch. Damola Ajayi and Mikey Moore then came on to replace Jaden Williams and Romaine Mundle, respectively. After receiving the ball on the right flank, Nile John went past Elasrar Mohamed on the edge of the Marseille penalty area. John then passed the ball to Maxwell McKnight, whose first time effort was saved by Jelle Van Neck. Spurs made more changes as Jahziah Linton came on to replace Tyrell Ashcroft, and Thomas Bloxham came on to replace Jamie Donley. George Abbott did well to block behind Esey Gebreyesus’s effort inside the Spurs box. Luca Gunter saved a late Marseille effort from distance, before a surging forward from Nile John resulted in the 19 year old sending a lofted effort over the Marseille goal. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly afterwards. Spurs’ next game in this competition is on next Tuesday, when they face Portuguese side Sporting Club de Portugal. 

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper made a really important and impressive early save to stop Marseille from scoring, and overall he had a solid game on his UEFA Youth League debut. Luca Gunter was very vocal throughout the match. 
  • George Abbott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Like George Abbott, central defender Alfie Dorrington was good in defence, alert, and commanding throughout the match. He impressed alongside Will Andiyapan.
  • Will Andiyapan: The versatile defender and Wales youth international also impressed on his UEFA Youth League debut. Will Andiyapan read the game well, and he also got forward to win the penalty that was awarded for Spurs during the first half.
  • Tyrell Ashcroft: Reading the game well and also defending well as he helped Spurs to keep a clean-sheet, Tyrell Ashcroft had a good all-round game in the left-back position.
  • Matthew Craig: The Spurs captain had an assured game in central midfield, and he also used the ball well, and got forward well on occasions.
  • Nile John: The central midfielder created some good chances during the game, and he was always looking to go forward with the ball.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger started the game out on the right flank and he went on some good forward runs. Romaine Mundle got the assist for Jaden Williams’ first goal of the game, after some good work from the second year professional. 
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM took the penalty kick well during the first half to score a goal. The second year scholar worked well off the ball and he linked up well with Jaden Williams.
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The winger started the game on the left flank, and during his time on the pitch he was always trying to go forward with the ball, whenever he got on the ball. 
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward made some really good runs off the ball during the game against Marseille, and he worked so hard off the ball. A good all-round performance resulted in him scoring two goals, during his time on the pitch.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The second half substitute did well when he came on, and he almost scored a goal, from a chance that was created by Nile John.
  • Damola Ajayi: The forward came on in the second half, and he made a good impression on the game, moving well both with and without the ball, on occasions.
  • Mikey Moore: The second half substitute made a Luka Modrić-esque forward pass with the outside of his foot, to create a chance during his time on the pitch.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back came on late on in the game.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The creative forward was a late substitute during the game against Marseille.

My man of the match –  George Abbott. I was really impressed with how well George Abbott did, once again when playing at right-back. The second year scholar was defensively very good, and he defended his side of the pitch really well. The midfielder played a part in Spurs’ second goal of the game.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-3 Crystal Palace: (match report)

On Saturday afternoon Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, in their latest Premier League 2 fixture. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the game 3-0, to a Crystal Palace who have started the season really well. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Alfie Dorrington and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Matthew Craig and Harvey White started in central midfield, as Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM and Spurs captain Nile John. Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Crystal Palace got the match underway. After receiving Killian Phillips’ pass inside the Spurs penalty area, John-Kymani Gordon had an effort blocked by Kallum Cesay. After Spurs had give the ball away, Crystal Palace made the most of the opportunity. David Omilabu passed the ball to John-Kymani Gordon on the right side of the Spurs box. Gordon went past Marqes Muir, before finishing low, into the far corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal, 0-1.

After receiving a pass from Harvey White on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, Nile John hit a curling effort towards the goal (it looked like it had taken a deflection off of a Crystal Palace defender) which hit Crystal Palace goalkeeper Owen Goodman’s left post. Spurs created another decent chance soon after. This time Yago Santiago passed the ball to Kallum Cesay on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, and his deflected effort hit Owen Goodman’s right post. Matthew Craig received a yellow card, before then managing to deflect behind a good effort from Jack Wells-Morrison on the edge of the Spurs box. Crystal Palace doubled their lead on 31 minutes. David Omilabu’s lofted pass from the right found John-Kymani Gordon inside the Spurs box, and his low volleyed effort deflected off of Alfie Dorrington, and past Aaron Maguire in the Spurs goal, 0-2.

After Harvey White had managed to win the ball on the right side of the Crystal Palace box, he went forward with the ball, before Owen Goodman managed to save his effort from a difficult angle. Crystal Palace made it 3-0 soon after. After the impressive David Ozoh passed the ball to Victor Akinwale on the right side of the Spurs box, the England youth international hit an effort on goal, which Aaron Maguire saved, but couldn’t gather. The ball came to John-Kymani Gordon who finished well to get his hat-trick, despite the best efforts of Aaron Maguire and Alfie Dorrington, 0-3. After Yago Santiago received Nile John’s pass, the former Celta Vigo player gave the ball to Jamie Donley on the right side of the Crystal Palace box, but the centre-forward hit the ball across the face of the goal. Nile John then had an effort from distance saved by Owen Goodman, in what was the final chance of the first half. 

Spurs got the second half underway. Nile John hit a low effort wide, from the edge of the Crystal Palace penalty area, early on in the second half. Killian Phillips then hit an effort over Aaron Maguire’s goal, from inside the Spurs box, before Nile John had an effort saved from the edge of the Crystal Palace box. Spurs were trying to get back into the game. Romaine Mundle had a curling effort from the edge of the Crystal Palace box, saved by Owen Goodman. And then at the other end of the pitch, Noah Watson hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance. After Romaine Mundle had a chance inside the Crystal Palace penalty area, the ball came to Yago Santiago. However, the Spurs forward had his effort saved by Owen Goodman. Malachi Fagan-Walcott came on to replace Marqes Muir in central defence, and then shortly after Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace Alfie Dorrington, with Matthew Craig moving to central defence. David Ozoh hit an effort over from the edge of the Spurs box, before Kallum Cesay hit a low effort wide from the edge of the Crystal Palace box, at the other end of the pitch. 

John-Kymani Gordon hit a late effort over Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the edge of the Spurs box, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ Under 21 side face West Ham United next Saturday afternoon, in their next Premier League 2 fixture.

My Spurs player of the match – Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The 20 year old central defender made his return to the Spurs Under 21 side as a substitute in the 68th minute of the Crystal Palace game, and he read the game well, showed his experience and was assured in defence.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (Wycombe won the extra point on penalties – 4-3): (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced League One side Wycombe Wanderers in their first group-stage match of the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy, on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side recorded a 0-0 draw during 90 minutes, in what was a very impressive all-round performance from Spurs, against Wycombe. However, after both sides had picked up one point from the result after 90 minutes, the game went to penalties, to determine who would win the extra point. Unfortunately for Spurs, Wycombe won the extra point, after winning 4-3 on penalties. Spurs started the match with Josh Keeley in goal, while Matthew Craig, Alfie Dorrington, Marqes Muir and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Harvey White and captain Nile John started in central midfield, as Kallum Cesay and Romaine Mundle started out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs, who got the match underway. 

Jack Wakely volleyed wide Daryl Horgan’s free-kick delivery into the Spurs box, early on in the match. Spurs’ goalkeeper Josh Keeley did well to tip Joe Jacobson’s curling corner-kick away from the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes later, as Wycombe started the game well. Joe Jacobson headed an effort just wide from a cross, before Marqes Muir blocked Jasper Pattenden’s effort on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. Matthew Craig then managed to block an effort from Joe Jacobson, just before a Wycombe corner-kick which was delivered towards Connor Parsons at the back post of Josh Keeley’s goal, was saved well by The Republic of Ireland youth international, from Parsons’ powerful effort. Wycombe were continuing to see more of the ball, and after Jasper Pattenden headed wide Joe Jacobson’s cross, Connor Parsons received the ball on the left side of the Spurs penalty area, but his powerful effort was well saved by Josh Keeley, with the ball then going behind for a goal kick.

After Jamie Donley had passed the ball to Romaine Mundle on the left flank, the skilful winger went forward with the ball, into the Wycombe box. He then came inside with the ball onto his right foot, before hitting an effort at Wycombe goalkeeper Max Stryjek’s goal, which was well saved by the former Sunderland goalkeeper. Yago Santiago curled an effort over from the edge of the Wycombe box, before Romaine Mundle took a free-kick early and found Kallum Cesay on the right side of the Wycombe penalty area. Cesay’s resulting effort on goal was saved by Max Stryjek. Nick Freeman hit a late effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Wycombe got the second half underway. Ben Kaninda headed over Joe Jacobson’s free-kick, before Marqes Muir did well to rush Ali Al-Hamadi’s effort on the edge of the Spurs box, which went wide of Josh Keeley’s goal. After going past Alfie Dorrington on the left side of the Spurs box, Adam Leathers was met by Josh Keeley who had closed down his angles and eventually made a good save.

Adam Leathers delivered a low cross into the Spurs box which bounced off of Daryl Horgan, before the alert Josh Keeley managed to gather the ball. Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace Harvey White, before Connor Parsons’ effort from the left side of the Spurs box, was really well blocked behind by Alfie Dorrington. Nile John then hit a low effort on the Wycombe goal from the edge of their penalty area, which was saved by Max Stryjek. After receiving Marqes Muir’s pass on the right flank, Kallum Cesay went forward with the ball into the Wycombe penalty area. His resulting effort on goal was blocked and eventually cleared away, just before Yago Santiago was able to score a goal from close range. Max Robson came on to replace Romaine Mundle in the 78th minute of the game, in what turned out to be Spurs’ final substitution. After winning the ball on the edge of the Wycombe penalty area Tyrell Ashcroft hit a powerful effort which went over Max Stryjek’s goal.

Ali Al-Hamadi managed to get on the ball after Marqes Muir had lost the ball. The former Swansea City player went forward towards the edge of the Spurs box, before hitting an effort over Keeley’s goal. Marqes Muir got a very important foot on the ball inside the Spurs box soon after, to divert Ali Al-Hamadi’s effort away from the Spurs goal. Muir then blocked a late effort from Ali Al-Hamadi inside the Spurs box, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Onto penalties, and Jamie Donley stepped up to take the first penalty for Spurs. His effort off his left foot went into the top right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Ali Al-Hamadi equalised to make it 1-1, after his penalty went into the bottom right corner of Josh Keeley’s goal. Nile John then stepped up to find the bottom right corner from his penalty kick, before Daryl Horgan found the bottom left corner of the goal, to make it 2-2. Kallum Cesay unfortunately hit his effort against the crossbar, before Jason McCarthy’s effort was then saved well by Josh Keeley, to his right.

Spurs’ fourth penalty was taken by Yago Santiago, but his low effort was saved to his left by Max Stryek. Jack Wakely then made it 3-2, with a cool finish into the roof of the goal. Roshaun Mathurin made it 3-3 from his penalty into the left of the goal. However, the decisive penalty kick was scored by Jack Young, whose effort went into the bottom left corner of the goal, although Keeley had managed to get a hand on the ball, 4-3. This was a very respectable point for Spurs against Wycombe, and it was also a really good performance. Spurs’ Under 21 side face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, in their next Premier League 2 fixture.

Player reviews:

  • Josh Keeley: On his return to the side the Republic of Ireland youth international and goalkeeper had another very impressive game. Josh Keeley made some really good and important saves, and his decision making and distribution was also good against Wycombe. Keeley saved one penalty, and was unlucky not to have saved another, after the 90 minutes of the match had ended.
  • Matthew Craig: Starting the match at right-back, midfielder Matthew Craig was very tidy on the ball, and he did well in defence. Craig played some of the latter stages of the game in midfield.
  • Alfie Dorrington: My man of the match, see below.
  • Marqes Muir: This was a very good defensive performance from Marqes Muir, who was always very composed on the ball, and alongside Alfie Dorrington, both players dealt well with crosses and long balls into the Spurs box. Marqes Muir’s decision making was very good.
  • Tyrell Ashcroft: The left-back for the match, Tyrell Ashcroft had a good balance to his game against Wycombe Wanderers. The 18 year old did get forward well down the left flank, but he was also solid defensively.
  • Harvey White: The 20 year old showed his experience during his time on the pitch in central midfield, and he moved the ball around the pitch well. On his second appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 21 side, Harvey White completed 64 minutes of the match.
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain and central midfielder got on the ball quite a bit during the match, in midfield. John had one effort on goal which was saved during the second half.
  • Kallum Cesay: Starting the match on the right flank as a winger, Sierra Leone international Kallum Cesay would later move to the right-back position. He went on some good forward runs with the ball during the match.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM worked so hard off the ball, and he was always looking to receive it, and also to try and make a good impression on the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: After creating a good chance during the first half, the skilful winger looked good whenever he got on the ball, during his time on the pitch.
  • Yago Santiago: The Spurs centre-forward for much of the match, Yago Santiago didn’t get a lot of service. However, that was to be expected playing against a League One side, and he did work well off the ball before moving out to the left flank, later on in the game.
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The second half substitute went out to the right flank to play as a winger. The 18 year old showed some good skill on the ball, and he was always looking to go forward with it.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute went to the CAM position.

My man of the match – Alfie Dorrington. The second year scholar and central defender had in my opinion a really good debut performance, on what was his first ever competitive appearance for the Spurs Under 21 side. The Enfield born England youth international won a good amount of headers, showed his quality on the ball alongside Marqes Muir, and he dealt really well with Wycombe’s direct approach to the match. Dorrington went on some good surging forward runs out of defence, and he made some very good decisions in defence.

Spurs Under 21’s 3-3 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side welcomed Liverpool to Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, for a Premier League 2 fixture. The game finished in a 3-3 draw. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, as Matthew Craig, Marqes Muir, Charlie Sayers and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Harvey White and captain Nile John started in central midfield, with Romaine Mundle and Roshaun Mathurin starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. After Jamie Donley passed the ball to Yago Santiago on the left side of the Liverpool box, Santiago hit a low effort across the face of the Liverpool goal, in what was Spurs’ first real chance of the match. After Jamie Donley had won the ball off of Jarell Quansah, the England youth international continued forward with the ball before passing it to Romaine Mundle in the Liverpool penalty area, and be finished with a good, low first time finish past Liverpool goalkeeper Harvey Davies, 1-0. 

A long ball over the top of the Spurs defence resulted in Spurs goalkeeper Aaron Maguire rushing out of his goal, but he was unable to clear the ball. The ball then came to Melkamu Frauendorf on the edge of the Spurs box, but his looping effort went just over the Spurs goal. Melkamu Frauendorf volleyed a cross from Luke Chambers just wide of the Spurs goal, before Roshaun Mathurin then had an effort blocked on the edge of the Liverpool box, with Harvey White then receiving the ball and hitting the ball over the goal. An excellent volleyed effort from distance from Jake Cain, hit the Spurs crossbar. Maguire then gathered the ball bravely from the feet of Max Woltman inside the Spurs box, following a good through-ball pass. After Santiago had a low cross from the right blocked by a Liverpool defender, the ball came to Romaine Mundle inside the Liverpool box. However, his effort went over the Liverpool goal.

A well weighted through-ball pass from Matthew Craig, resulted in Yago Santiago making a good run in behind the Liverpool defence to meet the ball. Santiago ran into the Liverpool box with the ball, before finishing well across goal into the left corner of the goal, 2-0. A pass forward fortunately came to Yago Santiago shortly after, and the forward ran forward, showing good pace as he entered the Liverpool penalty area, before going past goalkeeper Harvey Davies and finishing into the goal, 3-0. Lee Jonas headed wide Liverpool captain Jake Cain’s late free-kick, just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Max Robson replaced the influential Harvey White in central midfield for the start of the second half, which Liverpool got underway. Not long into the half Charlie Sayers had unfortunately picked up an injury and had to be substituted for Kallum Cesay, with Matthew Craig going into central defence. Liverpool managed to get a goal back after Luke Chambers had a low effort saved by Maguire from the left side of the Liverpool box, and then the ball came back to the left-back, who this time was able to find the bottom right corner of the goal, 3-1.

Max Woltman had an effort blocked on the edge of the Spurs box, and then Dominic Corness hit an effort wide of Aaron Maguire’s goal. Maguire managed to save a headed effort from close range, just before Layton Stewart hit an effort over his goal from the left side of the Spurs box. Jake Cain’s curling free-kick effort then went wide of the Spurs goal. Liverpool were in full control of the match at this point, and after an effort from the left side of the Spurs box hit one of Maguire’s posts, the ball came to the impressive Luca Stephenson, but his effort went wide of the goal. James Norris had an effort from the edge of the Spurs box saved by Maguire, before Spurs made a change, as Jaden Williams came on to replace Romaine Mundle. After receiving Jake Cain’s pass, Max Woltman hit an effort into the far corner of the Spurs goal, from the left side of the box, 3-2. Woltman then had an effort saved by Maguire shortly after the game got started again.

Liverpool managed to score an equalising goal in the 77th minute of the game, through substitute Harvey Blair. After receiving the ball on the right side of the Spurs penalty area, Harvey Blair hit a powerful and unstoppable effort into the Spurs goal, 3-3. Max Robson headed Roshaun Mathurin’s cross wide of the Liverpool goal, just before Jaden Williams won a free-kick on the edge of the Liverpool box. Roshaun Mathurin stepped up to take the resulting free-kick, but his curling effort went just wide of the Liverpool goal. After showing great pace to go forward with the ball down the right flank, Yago Santiago crossed the ball into the Liverpool box, and Jaden Williams’ resulting volleyed effort went just wide of the goal. Spurs were looking for a late winner. Nile John volleyed Roshaun Mathurin’s corner-kick into the Liverpool box wide. However, Liverpool then went forward with the ball. Substitute Oakley Cannonier hit an effort wide, across the Spurs goal from the right side of their penalty area, just before the referee brought the game to an end.

Spurs’ Under 21 side face Wycombe Wanderers in their next match (on Tuesday), in a Papa Johns Trophy group-stage fixture.

Some overall notes: I thought that Spurs played well in the first half, with the influential Harvey White in midfield, doing well as he made a good impression on the game. The Spurs defence also did well, and Spurs definitely missed Charlie Sayers after he had to be substituted early on in the second half. However, Yago Santiago was in my opinion Spurs’ best and most influential player on the day.

My Spurs player of the match – Yago Santiago. The Spurs centre-forward for much of the match, Yago Santiago made some really good runs with the ball at pace, and he moved well off the ball. The 19 year old took both of his goals really well, and he almost got an assist during the second half, after doing well to create a good chance for substitute Jaden Williams.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-0 Manchester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced the current Premier League 2 Division One champions Manchester City, on Sunday afternoon at the Manchester City Academy Stadium. The game finished 0-0, and it was a performance that Spurs could be proud of, despite the fact that Manchester City played much of the game with ten men. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Charlie Sayers and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Matthew Craig and captain Nile John started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Roshaun Mathurin started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway. Kallum Cesay made an important early clearance inside the Spurs box, before Manchester City created their first real chance of the game. After receiving Shea Charles’ pass on the left side of the Spurs box, Oscar Bobb went past Kallum Cesay before hitting an effort on goal, which the alert Aaron Maguire did well to tip onto his near post.

Marqes Muir blocked Carlos Borges’ effort inside the Spurs penalty area, and then at the opposite end of the pitch Roshaun Mathurin had an effort from distance saved by Mikki van Sas. After receiving Tom Galvez’s pass inside the Spurs box Carlos Borges was met by Spurs goalkeeper Aaron Maguire, who made a good save from Borges’ effort. After Manchester City were unable to clear a Spurs corner-kick inside their penalty area, Charlie Sayers headed an effort wide of the goal. After going inside with the ball from the right flank Juan Larios hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Dire Mebude had a deflected effort from the edge of the Spurs box saved by Aaron Maguire, and then Carlos Borges hit a low effort wide from a good position inside the Spurs penalty area. After Tyrell Ashcroft passed the ball to Roshaun Mathurin on the left side of the Manchester City box, Mathurin passed the ball back to Ashcroft, but his effort went over the goal.

Manchester City would have to play the rest of the match with ten men, after Jadel Katongo fouled Romaine Mundle, when he was through on goal. Romaine Mundle’s resulting free-kick effort went into the Manchester City wall, just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Manchester City got the second half underway. After receiving Jamie Donley’s pass inside the Spurs box, Roshaun Mathurin had an effort saved by Mikki van Sas. Shortly after that chance for Spurs, Jamie Donley had a good chance to take the lead. After receiving a pass from Charlie Sayers, Roshaun Mathurin showed some good skill inside the Manchester City box, before passing the ball to Jamie Donley, whose effort from a difficult angle was saved by Mikki van Sas. A low corner-kick from Roshaun Mathurin to Romaine Mundle on the edge of the Manchester City box resulted in Romaine Mundle having an effort tipped over the goal by the Manchester City goalkeeper. Roshaun Mathurin then had an effort blocked on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area, shortly after.

Yago Santiago met Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick in the centre of the Manchester City box, but his effort was saved by the Manchester City goalkeeper. Romaine Mundle then had an effort blocked, before Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card after making a foul. From a Manchester City free-kick Shea Charles found Josh Adam inside the Spurs box with a lofted pass, but Aaron Maguire was alert to make the save. Maguire then saved an effort from Carlos Borges, before Romaine Mundle volleyed an effort over the Manchester City goal from just outside their box. After going inside from the left flank Roshaun Mathurin hit an effort over the Manchester City goal. Jaden Williams came on to replace Jamie Donley, before Carlos Borges missed a good chance, after he hit an effort over from inside the Spurs box. Max Robson replaced Romaine Mundle, and then a couple of minutes later Max Robson headed an effort wide from Roshaun Mathurin’s late corner-kick. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. The Spurs Under 21’s next Premier League 2 fixture is against Liverpool, at the Lamex Stadium on Friday.

Player reviews: 

  • Aaron Maguire: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back had to defend against the very talented Carlos Borges for some of the game, and so he had quite a lot of defending to do. Defensively I thought that Kallum did well.
  • Marqes Muir: I thought this was a good performance from the central defender, who read the game well and made some good decisions during the match.
  • Charlie Sayers: Like Marqes Muir, central defender Charlie Sayers had a good game and he also read the game well. Sayers made some good passes out from defence.
  • Tyrell Ashcroft: Making some good overlapping runs down the left flank, Tyrell Ashcroft had a good game both in defence, and at going forward. He had a good chance to score a goal during the first half of the match.
  • Matthew Craig: Tidy, clever on the ball and hardworking. Midfielder Matthew Craig had another good game in midfield for Spurs’ Under 21 side, today.
  • Nile John: Starting the match in central midfield, Nile John worked well off the ball for Spurs, and he used the ball well. 
  • Romaine Mundle: One of Spurs’ best forwards against Manchester City, Romaine Mundle went on some really good skilful runs with the ball, and he was involved in a lot of good things for Spurs, when they went forward with the ball.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM for this match made some good passes from midfield, and he was unlucky not to score a goal during the second half, from what was a good position. 
  • Roshaun Mathurin: Starting the match on the left flank as a winger, Roshaun Mathurin showed good creativity on the ball, and he was always available to receive the ball.
  • Yago Santiago: The centre-forward for most of the game against Manchester City, Yago Santiago led the line well. He was enthusiastic without the ball and he covered quite a lot of ground.
  • Jaden Williams: The second half substitute went to the centre-forward position after replacing Jamie Donley.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute went to the CAM position.

My man of the match – Aaron Maguire. This was as an impressive Premier League 2 debut for the Republic of Ireland Under 19 international and first year professional. The 18 year old made two key saves early on in the match, and he had a solid game. Maguire’s distribution was also good throughout the match.

Spurs Under 18’s 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced West Bromwich Albion at Hotspur Way, in game-week two of the Under 18 Premier League South season, on Saturday afternoon. Spurs lost the match 2-1, but it was a close and fairly even game of football. Stuart Lewis’ side lined-up with captain Luca Gunter in goal, as George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in defence. Billy Heaps and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, as Maxwell McKnight and Yusuf Akhamrich started out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Leo Black. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. Early on in the match Maxwell McKnight headed Jahziah Linton’s cross into the West Brom box, to Yusuf Akhamrich, who controlled the ball well, before seeing his effort deflect over the goal, off of West Brom defender Jenson Sumnair. Spurs took the lead shortly after that chance, after Maxwell McKnight received Alfie Dorrington’s pass on the right flank, he then continued forward with the ball before delivering a good low cross into the West Brom penalty area. Rio Kyerematen had made a good run into the box to meet McKnight’s cross, and he finished well with a good first time effort into the goal, 1-0.

After a West Brom free-kick wasn’t cleared from the Spurs penalty area, Luca Gunter made an impressive reflex save to stop Jenson Sumnair’s effort from going into the Spurs goal. Following a good move from Spurs, Billy Heaps hit an effort over the West Brom goal from distance, before Luca Gunter did well to save Harry Whitwell’s effort from distance, at the other end of the pitch. Layton Love’s ambitious effort from distance went wide of the Spurs goal, and then Spurs went forward with the ball. Heaps passed the ball to Williams on the edge of the West Brom penalty area, but Jaden Williams’ effort went over the goal. A couple of minutes later and after winning the ball off of Jenson Sumnair, Jaden Williams went forward with the ball before squaring it to Yusuf Akhamrich on the edge of the West Brom box, but his effort went over the goal. A loose pass inside the Spurs penalty area resulted in Luca Gunter doing well to save Fenton Heard’s effort, before Alfie Dorrington bravely blocked Layton Love’s powerful effort on goal.

After receiving the ball, Maxwell McKnight went on an excellent forward run with the ball at pace down the right side of the pitch, before putting the ball across the face of the West Brom goal. Thomas Bloxham replaced the injured Rio Kyerematen shortly after, just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Archie Chaplin, James Roswell and Damola Ajayi replaced George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington and Jaden Williams respectively for the start of the second half, which West Brom got underway. Jenson Sumnair blocked Damola Ajayi’s effort inside the West Brom box, before Ajayi received a yellow card a couple of minutes later. West Brom managed to get an equaliser on 57 minutes, after Akeel Higgins received the ball on the edge of the Spurs box, before finding the top right hand corner of Luca Gunter’s goal with a good effort, 1-1. Leo Black headed over Yusuf Akhamrich’s corner-kick, and then shortly after that chance, Leo Black was shown a yellow card for a challenge that he made on Harry Whitwell on the edge of the Spurs box. Layton Love’s resulting low free-kick was saved by Luca Gunter.

Oliver Irow came on to replace Billy Heaps, before Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked on the edge of the West Brom box. After James Roswell had picked up an injury to his head, Billy Heaps was allowed to be substituted back on to the pitch. Yusuf Akhamrich had a free-kick effort from distance saved by Beau Hudd, before a well delivered free-kick from Thomas Bloxham on the left flank, into the West Brom penalty area was just missed by Archie Chaplin. Will Andiyapan did really well to clear Harry Whitwell’s effort off the line, from inside the Spurs box. However, in the 95th minute of the game West Brom scored the winning goal of the game. After receiving Fenton Heard’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box, Layton Love managed to find the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs goal, leaving Luca Gunter with no chance to make the save. Layton Love had a very late effort saved by Luca Gunter from a similar position, not long after, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next game at this level is another league fixture, this time away to Arsenal next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs captain and goalkeeper made some really fine saves today, against West Brom. Luca was commanding inside his penalty area, and he was vocal throughout the match.
  • George Abbott: Starting the match at right-back, George Abbott completed the first half of the match, and he had a solid game.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The central defender made a very brave block which resulted in him being substituted at half-time, but he had a defensively solid game for Spurs.
  • Will Andiyapan: The left sided central defender completed the whole of the game against West Brom. The second year scholar made a very good clearance during the second half.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back really got forward well on occasions, but he stayed deep when he had to.
  • Billy Heaps: Starting the match as the defensive-midfielder, Billy Heaps completed 77 minutes of the match, before returning to the pitch shortly afterwards, to replace the injured James Roswell.
  • Rio Kyerematen: The central midfielder took his early goal well and he got on the ball on a good number of occasions during his time on the pitch in the first half, before unfortunately having to be substituted after picking up an injury.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match on the right flank as a winger, Maxwell McKnight went on some good forward runs with the ball and he got the assist for Rio Kyerematen’s goal. Maxwell went into central midfield late on in the first half.
  • Leo Black: The midfielder started the match in the CAM position, but he would finish the match as Spurs’ defensive-midfielder. The first year scholar did some good defensive work, and he also brought the ball forward well on occasions. 
  • Yusuf Akhamrich: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward led the line well during the first half and he also dropped deep to link the play well, on occasions. 
  • Thomas Bloxham: The substitute came on late on in the first half to replace the injured Rio Kyerematen. The Republic of Ireland youth international did a lot of defensive work on his side of the pitch (the left flank) but he also got forward well as well.
  • Archie Chaplin: The second half substitute went in to central defence during his time on the pitch.
  • James Roswell: Despite entering the pitch for the start of the second half, James Roswell (he went to right-back) had to leave the pitch to be substituted later on during the second half, after picking up a head injury.
  • Damola Ajayi: The second half substitute went to the centre-forward position, and he made some good runs off the ball.
  • Oliver Irow: The late substitute went to the CAM position, late on in the match. 

My man of the match – Yusuf Akhamrich. He might not have scored a goal or provided an assist today however, first year scholar Yusuf Akhamrich impressed on his first competitive start for the Spurs Under 18 side. Starting the match on the left flank as a winger but later moving to the right flank, Yusuf was very vocal throughout the match, but he was always looking to go past the defender on his side of the pitch, and he showed good pace with the ball, and he was direct with it. He had a couple of chances to score a goal against West Brom, and I was impressed with his all-round play.

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.

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.

Spurs’ Youth team 7-0 Kerala Blasters’ Youth team: (match report)

In the semi-finals of the Premier League Next Generation Cup, at Hotspur Way, Spurs’ Youth team faced Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters’ Youth team. Spurs’ side was basically their Under 18 side, and Stuart Lewis’ side impressively won the match 7-0, to set-up a final match with West Ham United on Saturday. Spurs lined-up with Elliot Krasniqi in goal, while Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Archie Chaplin, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in defence. Rio Kyerematen and Billy Heaps started in central midfield. Maxwell McKnight and Riley Owen started out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Tyrese Hall, as Spurs’ captain Jaden Williams led the line. Spurs got the game underway in Enfield. After winning the ball midfielder Rio Kyerematen went forward with the ball, before having an effort blocked inside the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area. Spurs had started the game well, and they were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty kick, after Tyrese Hall seemed to have been fouled inside the penalty area, by number 34 (unfortunately I couldn’t find a list with the names of the Kerala Blasters players). However, the referee didn’t award the penalty for Spurs. After winning the ball, Tyrese Hall passed the ball to Jaden Williams on the edge of the Kerala Blasters penalty area, but his effort was well saved by the goalkeeper.

Brandon Bryan-Waugh managed to deflect an effort over the Spurs goal, from the left side of the Spurs box. Archie Chaplin then did well to block an effort on the Spurs goal, before Stuart Lewis’ side almost took the lead. A good cross into the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area by Maxwell McKnight, was headed away by number four, but Williams managed to get on the ball. However, his effort was saved well by the goalkeeper. A low effort from distance at the other end of the pitch was saved well by Elliot Krasniqi. After receiving Tyrese Hall’s pass, Rio Kyerematen hit an effort over the goal, from the edge of the Kerala Blasters’ box, before Kerala Blasters’ number nine and centre-forward missed a good chance inside the centre of the Spurs box, but he ended up putting the ball wide of the goal. Number eight had an effort which went over Elliot Krasniqi’s goal, before Rio Kyerematen hit a free-kick effort over the goal, from the edge of the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area. Spurs took the lead soon after however, as a good move resulted in Williams receiving a pass from Kyerematen, and he then showed some excellent skill inside the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, before passing the ball to Kyerematen, who had an effort on goal blocked on the line. However, the ball came to Jahziah Linton on the left side of the box, and he finished well into the goal, 1-0.

Spurs doubled their lead soon after taking the lead, as a clever lofted pass from Riley Owen to Rio Kyerematen inside the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, resulted in the Spurs player passing the ball to Jaden Williams, who finished well into the goal, 2-0. Some great skill from Tyrese Hall on the left side of the penalty area to lift the ball over a defender, resulted in the first year scholar putting the ball over the goal, from a difficult angle. A pass out from the Spurs defence was met by Kerala Blasters’ number ten, who tried to score from distance, with Elliot Krasniqi out of his goal, but his effort went wide of the goal, with the referee sounding his whistle for half-time soon after. Kerala Blasters got the second half underway (Thomas Bloxam had replaced Tyrese Hall for the start of the second half). Kerala Blasters’ number 34 headed over a corner-kick, before Spurs went forward at the other end of the pitch, as Jahziah Linton hit an effort just over the goal, from the left side of the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area. Linton then did really well inside the Spurs box to make a great challenge on the Kerala Blasters’ number 17. After Thomas Bloxham had won the ball well, he passed it to Jaden Williams, who then passed it to Riley Owen on the left side of the penalty area, and he then delivered a low cross towards the back post, which Maxwell McKnight was able to guide into the goal, 3-0.

Kerala Blasters’ number nine headed over a cross from the left flank, just over the Spurs goal. Then a couple of minutes later number ten hit an effort just over Elliot Krasniqi’s goal, from the edge of the Spurs box. After winning the ball the impressive Thomas Bloxham passed the ball to Maxwell McKnight on the right flank, and the second year scholar delivered a really good low cross into the centre of the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, which Bloxham was able to finish well from, into the goal, with a good first time effort, 4-0. Will Andiyapan did well to block number 11’s effort inside the Spurs box, before Spurs made three changes. Damola Ajayi, Yusuf Akhamrich and George Abbott all came on to replace Archie Chaplin, Riley Owen and Billy Heaps respectively. Williams had an effort blocked on the edge of the penalty area, just before Damola Ajayi passed the ball to Yusuf Akhamrich, on the left side of the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, but the forwards’ effort went just wide of the near post. Spurs made it 5-0 soon after, as George Abbott went forward with the ball at pace, before passing the ball to Damola Ajayi on the left side of the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, and the first year scholar passed the ball to Abbott in the centre of the box, and he calmly side-footed a low effort into the goal, 5-0.

James Roswell replaced Maxwell McKnight, before Kerala Blasters’ number 17 received the ball on the left side of the Spurs box, but Elliot Krasniqi saved his low effort well with his feet. After Kerala Blasters’ number 34 tripped Jaden Williams inside the penalty area, Spurs were awarded a penalty. Williams stepped up to put the ball into the centre of the goal, 6-0. Then shortly after the game got started again, Williams won the ball before taking it into the Kerala Blasters’ penalty area, and from the right side of the box he curled the ball into the left corner of the goal, 7-0. Kerala Blasters’ number 25 hit a lofted effort wide of the Spurs goal from distance, late on in the match, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs face West Ham United in the final of the Premier League Next Generation Cup, on Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Elliot Krasniqi: The first year scholar and goalkeeper didn’t have many saves to make today, but he was good and reliable in goal.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was a good defensive performance from the right-back, and during the first half he did well defensively, before later moving into central defence later on during the second half. This was a good performance from Brandon.
  • Archie Chaplin: The central defender did well alongside Will Andiyapan, and he was good defensively. He also liked to pass the ball forward, out from defence.
  • Will Andiyapan: The versatile defender did well in defence, and like Archie Chaplin he was good defensively, as Spurs kept a clean-sheet.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got forward really well and he deserved to get his goal, and he was unlucky not to get another goal later on in the match. 
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting the match in defensive-midfield, Rio Kyerematen brought the ball forward well, and his link-up play and involvement in the forward areas of the pitch was impressive.
  • Billy Heaps: I thought that this was an excellent performance in midfield from Billy Heaps, who did everything so well in midfield, and he used the ball so well. The former Stevenage Academy player impressed greatly with his movement off the ball.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match on the right flank as a winger, second year scholar Maxwell McKnight got forward really well, both with and without the ball. He took his goal well, and he also got an assist during his time on the pitch in the second half.
  • Tyrese Hall: I thought that the midfielder did well in the CAM position during the first half of the match. He showed good skill on the ball, and he was unlucky not to score during his time on the pitch.
  • Riley Owen: The winger was involved in two of Spurs’ goals today, and he was very clever in his all-round play. And he used the ball well.
  • Jaden Williams: My man of the match, see below.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The skilful winger entered the pitch for the beginning of the second half, and the Republic of Ireland youth international started the second half in the CAM position. He showed some excellent skill on the ball, impressed with his hard work off the ball and he also took his goal well. 
  • Damola Ajayi: The forward did well with the ball after he came onto the pitch during the second half.
  • Yusuf Akhamrich: The first year scholar came very close to scoring a goal not too long after he was substituted on, during the second half.
  • George Abbott: This was a very good second half performance from second half substitute George Abbott, who did well in midfield and he impressed on the ball. George Abbott scored a well taken goal, after starting the move with the ball himself.
  • James Roswell: The defender and second half substitute went to right-back, late on it the game.

My man of the match – Jaden Williams. The centre-forward scored a hat-trick today, but his all-round performance was very good on the day. Impressing with his excellent movement off the ball, the second year scholar was always looking to receive the ball in and around the penalty area. Williams took all three of his goals really well.