Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)

Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)


On Tuesday night I went to the Cambs glass stadium to watch our under 15/16’s take on Cambridge United at the U’s Abbey stadium. It was a bright and dominant performance from Spurs as they dominated the opposition in front of a crowd of over 600, the Pochettino philosophy clearly implanted in their style of play as they out done the U’s in every aspect of the game limiting them only to set piece chances. With no team sheets being given out on the night, frustratingly a lot of my report consists of players numbers, as I was only able to positively identify the following players with the rest, being unsure of: Kacper Kurylowicz, Luis Binks, Malachi Walcott, Enoch Asante, Noni Madeuke (10)?, Josh Gray?, Harvey White?, Dennis Cirkin? Unused subs: Kane Patterson and Rafferty Pedder. It was a very young Spurs side which was without highly rated Irish forward Troy Parrott who is away at the victory shield with his country. Their seemed to be a couple of under 14’s involved in the game, and their was one player who came on as a CAM (looked very intelligent) that could have been no more than 13. It was a very lively start by Spurs who were on the front foot from the minute go, playing some nice attacking football. Our number 11 put an effort just wide of goal after receiving a cross. The pacy wide man was causing a lot of trouble for the Cambridge players early on. A great chance followed Spurs’ 11 powered past a couple of Cambridge defenders down the left before crossing for 10 (Madueke I think) whose powerful effort was spectacularly thwarted by the goalkeeper. Spurs continued to pressurise a nervy Cambridge side, 11 curling an effort narrowly wide moments later.

Number 11 (who was excellent all game) continued to trouble Cambridge after he robbed them of possession inside the area before jinking his way past a couple of players, only to slip at a vital time. Spurs were absolutely dominating, they looked the more fitter and livelier side inside the first quarter of an hour, as they played the ball out from the back, with the composed duo of Binks and Walcott influential in this side of their game. A good low effort from Madeuke on the edge of the area had the keeper scrambling, he spilt the effort at the first attempt but then managed to clear the loose ball. Spurs came their closest to the breaking the deadlock after 4’s (White) long ball into the area was dropped by the Cambridge keeper. The alert Asante pounced, smashing the ball against the crossbar, before testing the keeper again seconds later with a powerful header. Binks also went close with a header minutes later, as the home side struggled to get the ball outside of their half. A great challenge from Spurs’ number 2 occurred at the other end as he snuffed out danger, he was brilliant all game both going forward and at defending. Another brilliant attacking move from Spurs ended in the keeper being forced into making a comfortable save as Cambridge continued to survive. Cambridge came close with a free kick, but Spurs were to shatter any confidence they had built up going forward, when they opened the scoring on 37 minutes courtesy of a stunning long range strike from White.

His free kick was initially blocked but the midfielder hammered home the rebound into the bottom right corner of the net, brilliant technique! Spurs continued their hold on the game, Noni Madueke almost doubling their lead when his free kick flew narrowly wide of goal, as Spurs’ fluent attacking football continued to outwit the home side. We should have doubled our advantage shortly after the restart, but 7 who was leaning back, could only manage to fire over the crossbar from close range. Cambridge then threatened at the other end when their winger curled narrowly wide following a counter attacking move which had exploited our defence. However, any fears of a comeback were put aside when Spurs doubled their advantage when 7 prodded home from the resulting corner kick to expose a tired looking Cambridge defence. Luis Binks got a vital head on the ball to clear a dangerous free kick at the other end, as the home side continued to lack that cutting edge. Spurs on the other case were looking for their third playing some nice football in the process, the newly introduced number 12 at the heart of things with his intricate play and quick feet. Cambridge began to grow more into the game and created some good chances, Walcott producing a good block to deny a Cambridge player. Everyone inside the Abbey stadium thought Spurs had got their third of the game when the potent Madeuke unleashed a thunderbolt of an effort on the edge of the area, which ended up coming off the underside of the bar and bouncing clear. There were numerous good counter attacking moves produced by Spurs as the game progressed. But the game was to be thrown on its head when the home side pulled back an unexpected goal. After converting a cross at Kurylowicz’s far post, but any chance of a comeback was swiftly ended by Spurs minutes later when Madeuke regained our two goal cushion.

Capping off a lovely attacking move with a precise finish to tuck the ball inside the bottom corner of the net. A trio of Spurs players including Madeuke lined up to create an orchestrated pose in front of the home fans as the young lads soaked up the atmosphere. Centre forward Enoch Asante almost put the icing on the cake minutes later when he weaved his way past a couple of Cambridge defenders before eventually forcing a top save from the keeper. Spurs saw out the remaining minutes with real ease and were much deserving of their 3-1 victory in what was a brilliant team performance from a talented young side. The whole Spurs team looked very promising. COYS

Player reviews: (Some players I’m not sure of*)
Luis Binks: So composed in his play but very decisive in his defending alongside fellow centre half Walcott, his long range passing ability was also very good.
Malachi Walcott: Similarly as composed, Walcott is a really talented centre half who has represented his country at youth level. On my second time seeing him play, I was really impressed with his reading of the game, focus and overall defending. Also liked to play the ball out from the back.
Kacper Kurylowicz: Made one good save, but other than that he wasn’t called into action much.
Harvey White*: Very tidy midfielder (a little like Skipp in style of play) took his goal brilliantly.
Noni Madeuke*: Excellent performance from the number 10, brilliant with the ball at his feet. The skilful Madeuke who has already featured for our under 18’s, possess brilliant close ball control and a low centre of gravity, he really ran the show against Cambridge. He was also very creative going forward and showed good strength, managing to shrug off players on numerous occasions.
Enoch Asante: Really like the look of the young centre forward, he lead the line well and was unlucky not to score.




Spurs under 18’s 1-2 Reading: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 1-2 Reading: (match report)


Our under 18’s were unlucky not to have gotten something out of their match against Reading on Saturday which they lost 2-1 on a day in which where they were the better side. Spurs started off well in the pouring rain at Hotspur Way and they wasted no time in looking for an opener as four minutes in Oliver Skipp passed to Duncan on the edge of the box, the midfielders fine effort striking the bottom of the left post. On 19 minutes the young Lillywhites were again denied by the woodwork after striker Kazaiah Sterling was denied by the Royals goalkeeper Luke Driscoll from inside the area twice in a matter of moments, with the second effort rebounding off of Sterling’s shin and on to the post. Shortly after the half hour mark the visitors came desperately close to taking the lead after House met Howe’s cross as he powered a diving header past Whiteman and onto the crossbar. With three minutes remaining until half time the Royals broke the deadlock with a somewhat fortuitous goal. Howe powered an effort at goal from the right wing as centre half Joy Mukena slid to block his effort Mukena unfortunately helped the ball into the back of the net to give the royals the lead. However, it was an instant reply from John McDermott’s side as just moments later midfielder Dylan Duncan pounced on to a loose ball inside the penalty area to cooly slot the ball past Driscoll and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The visitors started the second half the better of the two sides and their hardwork paid off as they regained the lead on 57 minutes after Shokunbi’s cross into the box was unfortunately bundled into the back of the net by Mukena. The players weren’t able to stamp their authority on the game in the minutes that followed with the game becoming messy and slow, despite a couple of half chances at both ends Reading won the match 2-1 in a game in which the young Lillywhites will be feeling disappointed after putting in a good, industrious performance. It was for the most part a good free flowing game of football and it was really nice to see so many good performances on the field, it was however evident that we missed our players that were on international duty. I thought midfielder Dylan Duncan had a very good game in the number ten position, Duncan constantly looked to get in to goal scoring opportunities and his relentlessness and hard work paid off after he scored just before the break. Samuel Shashoua has put in some exceptional performances of recent and the winger had yet another great game on Saturday. Shashoua was the most creative player on the field, his quick feet and excellent vision troubled the Reading back four and his eagerness to get forward posed a constant threat to the visitors. Young defender TJ Eyoma had a good game at right back, Eyoma was strong on the ball and his concentration and decision making were impressive. In addition schoolboy Oliver Skipp had a good game in the centre of the park especially in the first half where he had a very good game, Skipp really reminds me of a young Michael Carrick.

I managed to catch the first half of our under 15’s match against Milwall yesterday morning it was great to see this talented pool of players for the first time, although I wasn’t able to recognise a fair few players I did however recognise talented centre half Malachi Walcott who I was really impressed with, Walcott’s over all decision making was top draw and the composed defender is without doubt a hot prospect . I left the match at the start of the second half at which time the score was 2-1 to Spurs.

My man of the match: Goalscorer Dylan who put in an excellent shift behind the centre forward.
Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Skipp (Patterson 74), Mukena, Marsh (c), Shashoua, Oakley-Boothe, Sterling (Oteh 63), Duncan, Bennetts (P Maghoma 79). Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:


Three of our youngsters have been included in the England under 17 squad for next weeks Euro under 17 qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Romania and Austria. The three youngsters that have been called up are Timothy Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Timothy Eyoma is a talented centre back who has featured on numerous occasions for our under 18’s and under 19’s so far this season, the first year scholar has so far adapted really well to under 18 football and Eyoma looks like a really good prospect. The young centre back played for England under 16’s on a numerous occasions last season. In addition talented right back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster is another player to have been called up, Lyons-Foster who is still a school boy is a highly rated talent in our academy and the youngster is already showing Huge potential having been called up to under 17’s yet again. Another player called up is Tashan Oakley-Boothe, the 16 year old midfielder has really impressed for our under 18’s this season and the midfielder has already featured twice for our under 23’s this season as well as being a regular starter for our under 19’s in the UEFA Youth league. Oakley-Boothe is a fantastic talent and he was recently included in the Guardians article which included their 20 best talents in the premier league that were born in the year 2000.


Meanwhile Scotlands under 16 squad has been announced for the forthcoming Victory shield tournament and talented Spurs under 15’s centre back Luis Binks has been included in their squad. A link providing Scotland’s full squad is provided in the link below.

Joshua Oluwayemi included in England under 15’s squad for Delle Nazioni tournament:

Joshua Oluwayemi included in England under 15’s squad for Delle Nazioni tournament:

Our young Spurs under 15 goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi is the sole Spurs under 15 included in the England under 15 squad as they participate in the Delle Nazioni tournament in which starts this Sunday, as the young lions face the hosts Italy in Gradisca d’Isonzo. I saw Oluwayemi at the Ipswich under 15 showcase match as they played the young Lillywhites, and I was highly impressed by the youngsters goalkeeping ability and it hasn’t gone unrecognised by the young lions youth set up. England are joined by Italy, Russia and Qatar in group A of the nine team tournament and I believe the games will be steamed on the tournaments website which is include in the below link. We will be wishing Joshua and the rest of the England players the best of luck for the tournament as they face Italy in the opening game this Sunday evening.

Below is a picture of last years final between Austria and USA.



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