Spurs under 15/16’s 6-1 Ipswich Town: (match report)

Spurs under 15/16’s 6-1 Ipswich Town: (match report)

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A Spurs under 15/16’s side put in a sparkling performance at Portman road this afternoon to brush aside Ipswich town 6-1 in the annual academy showcase game, in front of a crowd of over 560 spectators. The game was held in memory of Ipswich’s Dick Parker who was an ardent Spurs supporter, the game was held as the Dick Parker trophy. The young Spurs lads shone throughout the game, totally overwhelming and out playing the tractor boys. Spurs were the stronger and more energetic side, they passed the ball around well and managed to carve open the Ipswich defence with intricate attacking football. Kieron Dyer’s side were unable to match the lilywhites high intensity, they also struggled to make much of an impact in the Tottenham half. This wasn’t helped by the fact that they were missing their star player Ben Knight, who missed out through injury. Mehmet Ali’s Spurs side included some of our brightest young talents, under 18 regular J’neil Bennett started the game on the right wing whilst highly thought of midfielder Harvey White started in the middle. Spurs lined up with Timi Lo Tutala in goal, Luis Binks and Marqes Muir as the centre backs with Kallum Cisse and Dennis Cirkin as the fullbacks. White and Aird Munn formed a tenacious pairing in the centre of the park whilst J’neil Bennett, Chay Cooper and Max Robson played behind the prolific Enoch Asante who was up top. It was an excellent team performance from the young Spurs lads who deserved to win by five goals at the very, very least. I was able to get a team sheet prior to kick off however, there were quite a few mistakes on the sheet, several players numbers were missing and incorrect. Whilst the most noticeable mistake was the listing of Arjunah Crighton who was in fact J’neil Bennett!

The home side got the game underway as they attacked the Sir Alf Ramsey stand. Spurs were passing the ball around well in the opening couple of minutes and it wasn’t long before they started to initiate some promising moves. The lively Chay Cooper passed the ball out to Cirkin on the left wing, the fullback crossed for Bennett in the box, his resulting effort on the turn flew narrowly over the crossbar. Cirkin did well a couple of moments later to make an important block at the other end to stop Zak Brown’s effort. The young lilywhites were looking very comfortable on the ball and were really taking the game to Ipswich. Chay Cooper managed to pick out Enoch Asante at the back post with a pin point delivery, but the Spurs strikers looping header went just wide of the mark. Spurs continued to impress going forwards and they were rewarded a couple of minutes later when they opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Harvey White did well to win possession in the centre of the park following Jake Alley’s free kick. The Industrious midfielder found Cirkin with a well timed through ball, the Tottenham fullback sprinted forward into the box before rifling an effort at goal. Cirkin’s powerful low effort forced Alley into making a fine save, but the Ipswich keeper could do nothing to prevent J’neil Bennett from tapping the loose ball home at the back post, 1-0. Spurs had been dominant in the opening stages and they were showing no signs of slowing down following their early opener. Cirkin continued to cause problems for the Ipswich defence when he whipped a menacing cross agonisingly wide of the approaching Asante who was ghosting in at the back post.

Despite their stranglehold on the game Spurs almost threw away their lead in the most unfortunate of circumstances. Luis Binks pacy back pass towards Lo Tutala almost caught out the Spurs keeper, who desperately scurried back to clear the ball off of the line. Sashon Aird Munn’s cross forced a panicked last minute clearance by Kabongolo. Whilst Zak Brown’s saw his deflected effort easily gathered by Lo Tutala at the opposite end of the pitch. Continuing to dominate possession Spurs were beginning to really pile the pressure on what was looking like an increasingly lightweight Ipswich defence. Ali’s side doubled their advantage on 27 minutes after capping off an intricate piece of attacking play. Spurs managed to work the ball out to Bennett on the right wing, the wide man whipped a deflected cross into the danger zone. Managing to pick out Asante at the back post, the Tottenham striker cooly volleyed the ball into the back of the empty net, 2-0. J’neil Bennett had an effort blocked shortly after the restart, before the potent Max Robson forced a good save out of Alley with a powerful driving effort from range. It had been sheer domination from Spurs who were showing no signs of lowering their attacking tempo. J’neil Bennett continued to cause problems for the tractor boys, Bennett managed to round his man sublimely before darting forwards through the middle. He eventually slipped the ball out to Cooper on the left, the former Southend lad pinged the ball into the danger zone towards Kallum Cisse, (also known as Cesay Kallum) but the fullbacks header across goal was well intercepted by the Ipswich keeper, who gratefully clutched the ball. Spurs were intent on extending their lead before half time, Bennett showed some lovely foot work before sliding the ball into Cisse inside the penalty area. However, the right back dragged his effort wide of the mark as Ipswich escaped danger once more.

The game was briefly paused by the referee after Asante and and Kabongolo clashed in the centre of the park. Soon after the game was back underway Spurs were back at it again. Cooper and Asante almost managed to cap off a sublime move after combing in and around the danger zone. And that illusive third goal was never far away from Spurs, who extended their lead moments later courtesy of a wonderful Pochettino-esque move. Cooper passed the ball to Cirkin who burst into the box from the left wing, the England u16 international wrong footed Harry Knock with a sublime piece of skill, before squaring it for Asante to tap home from close range, 3-0. After a dominant first half Spurs got the second half underway, hoping to build on what was an already impressive lead against a fine Ipswich outfit. However, it was the home side who came close to pulling a goal back shortly after the restart when Teddy Baker managed to put Dylan Ruffles through on goal with a clever defence splitting pass. Ruffles sprinted forward down the right before dragging an effort across Lo Tutala’s goal in what had been yet another missed opportunity for the home side. Soon afterwards, Dennis Cirkin sent a teasing cross into the danger zone which was well snuffed out by Jake Alley. It was soon back to business for Spurs who netted their fourth of the game on 49 minutes through J’neil Bennett. The move started with Robson whose through the eye of a needle pass set Asante racing through on goal, but the Tottenham striker was closed down by Alley who came rushing off his line before making a decent stop from Asante’s effort. Thankfully for Spurs Bennett was there to pick up the loose ball on the edge of the danger zone. The winger steadied himself before calmly tucking the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, to put Spurs 4-0 up.

Shortly afterwards Mehmet Ali’s rampant Spurs side netted their fifth of the game through Chay Cooper. After receiving Robson’s pass, Cooper embarked on a jinking run before sharply cutting onto his left foot and curling a beautiful effort into the top left hand corner of the goal, forcing jubilant reactions from his teammates. We made our first substitution of the game shortly afterwards, as Aird Munn replaced number 15 (not on the team sheet!). The game was quickly becoming a training game for the Spurs lads, who were continuing to open up the increasingly faltering Ipswich defence. Spurs made it 6-0 on 56 minutes courtesy of a stunning strike from the impressive Cirkin. Harvey White’s long forward pass was headed away by Kabongolo, but only straight into the path of Cirkin on the edge of the box. The fullback let fly with a first time effort that rifled into the bottom right hand corner of Alley’s goal via a slight deflection off an Ipswich defender on the way in. Harvey White had a free kick saved a couple of minutes later as Spurs looked to extend their lead. Something which was striking from the game was Spurs’ ridiculously high pressing, every time Ipswich were on the ball you’d have two Spurs players chasing them down, this ultimately led to some costly errors from the tractor boys. Despite our overwhelming stranglehold on the game we conceded a penalty during the midpoint of the half. Tyreece Simpson had managed to get the wrong side of the Spurs right back Kallum Cisse who pulled the Ipswich forward back as he surged past him in the box. Zak Brown stood up to take the resulting penalty kick, the brother of Chelsea’s Charlie Brown struck a powerful low effort at goal which was excellently saved down to his left by Lo Tutala. Unfortunately the ball came straight back to Brown who tapped home for Ipswich, 6-1. Lo Tutala was furious that he had conceded a goal.

Ipswich almost pulled another goal back shortly afterwards, Tommy Smith’s long ball was excellently brought down by Brown inside the box. Brown opened up his body before forcing the Tottenham keeper into making a fine reflex save. The ball came back out to the Brown on the left wing, he whipped the ball into the danger zone towards Simpson, who controlled it before poking it inches wide of the Spurs goal. Following a double substitution Spurs winger Chay Cooper had now been reverted into playing as a right wing back. After a short blip Spurs began to reassert their authority on the game, Cirkin sent a lovely pass to Bennett down the right side of the box. The 16 year old forced a fine diving save out of Alley with a thumping effort. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick was beaten away by the Ipswich keeper but only into the feet of Asante whose quick fire effort was blocked by Brown. The lively Bennett forced another good save out of Alley soon afterwards as the game drew to a close. Then the former QPR schoolboy was able to find White in the box with a sublime rabona cross. There was a late flurry of action for both sides, White saw his free kick deflected wide after Bennett had won it in a dangerous area. Tottenham’s number 16 (u14) gave the ball away to Knock who fed it through to Brown, who then tested Lo Tutala with a strong effort at his near post. Luis Binks wanted to get on the scoresheet, the young centre forced a good stop out of Alley with an effort from over 30 yards out. It was becoming an end to end game, Ipswich’s Liam Gibbs doing well to round our number 17 before forcing Binks into making an important clearance inside the box.

Spurs saw out the game with a flurry of meaningless passes across the park the last notable piece of action came from a J’neil Bennett free kick, which was hit straight at the wall. The young Spurs lads held on to record a hugely impressive 6-1 victory over Ipswich at Portman road. It was an excellent team performance from Spurs whose attacking prowess managed to totally overwhelm the tractor boys over the course of 80 minutes. After the game an Ipswich official gave a moving speech about the late Dick Parker before awarding Spurs with the trophy. Tottenham fullback Dennis Cirkin was also given the Spurs player of the match award for his excellent performance. It was a real pleasure to report on the game and I look forward to following this group of players progress over the next few seasons.

Player reviews: – Timi Lo Tutala: After a quiet first half the Tottenham goalie put in a magnificent second half performance. Lo Tutala who appeared on the bench for our u18’s back in January, made many a fine save. Most notably his diving save to prevent Zak Brown’s penalty going in, but also from a wide range of situations. He was alert and showed good reflexes, Lo Tutala remained vocal throughout the game.
– Kallum Cisse: The former West Ham teenager put in a fine performance at right back, he was powerful going forward but managed to maintain good defensive discipline with the exception of conceding a penalty in the second half. Cisse also showed good positioning throughout.
– Marqes Muir: The 15 year old put in an impressive showing at centre half, cool and composed on the ball Muir read the game well and like Binks he loved to play it out from the back. Whilst he is still quite small Muir looked at home in his role, his anticipation second to none. He remained ice cool during moments of great pressure.
– Luis Binks: Assertive, intelligent and good at passing the ball out from the back. Once again I was left extremely impressed with England u17 international Luis Binks who skippered Spurs today. Binks was flawless and decisive in the challenge and assertive across the back line leaving Brown with little space to run through. His eye catching long forward passes were on show throughout, Binks showed that he is more than ready to make the step up to under 18 football.
– Dennis Cirkin: My motm, see below.
– Sashon Aird Munn: Aird Munn did a good job in the centre of midfield, he looked good on the ball and embarked on some eye catching weaving runs but it was his neat passing and tidy play which were so effective.
– Harvey White: The tenacious Harvey White put in an excellent performance in the midfield. Industrious as always, White impacted play from the very start with his deftly accurate passing. He was everywhere, chasing players down and getting back to cover for the more adventurous defenders. His challenge lead to the opening goal for Spurs. White also shows good two footedness. I like him a lot!
– J’neil Bennett: Our number 14 certainly wasn’t Arjunah Crighton as the team sheet suggested, it was u18 regular J’neil Bennett. Bennett played the entirety of the game out on the right wing and my word was he influential. He oozed quality and confidence, he caused mayhem for the Ipswich defence with his weaving and menacing runs down the flank. But it was the 16 year olds decision making which proved most effective, he didn’t even have to run at full power to trouble the Ipswich defence (he appeared to be carrying an injury to his left arm). He showed exceptional ball control and balance and was able to produce some magical moments throughout the game. Bennett chipped in with two goals and an assist.
– Max Robson: I liked the look of the cam, Robson linked up well with the forwards combining well with Asante, he also showed good movement.
– Chay Cooper: It was my first look of Cooper in the flesh and I was left mightily impressed with the former Southend United teenagers performance. Cooper was tricky and intricate and showed plenty of flair out on the wing. Cooper filled in well at right wing back for the latter stages of the game and worked hard for the team. The winger scored a terrific and well deserved goal during the second half.
– Enoch Asante: Asante put in a top performance up top, clinical and hardworking the centre forward held the ball up well and showed good movement in and around the danger zone. Asante was rewarded with two goals in the first half, he is very much a fox in the box kind of striker.

 

My man of the match: Dennis Cirkin. It was a day in which the young fullback won’t forget in a hurry, awarded the official Spurs man of the match in a presentation after the game, Cirkin has also been awarded the slightly less prestigious Superhotspur man of the match, for his performance against Ipswich. An England u16 international, Cirkin wowed the crowds from left wing back with his perfectly timed surging runs. He was able to get back and put in a fine performance at the other end. But it was Cirkin’s offensive qualities that really caught the eye, he was nimble footed and quick thinking. Like a young Nick Tsaroulla he burst forward down the left causing multiple problems for the Ipswich defence with his trickery and pin point crossing ability. Cirkin claimed two assists and also netted our sixth of the game courtesy of a thunderbolt from the edge of the penalty area.

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Spurs under 15/16’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)

Spurs under 15/16’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)

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I will be reporting on an academy showcase game this Saturday involving our under 16’s and an Ipswich town u15/16 side, in the Dick Parker trophy at Portman road. A regular event over the past couple of seasons the last showcase game involving both these sides came back in April of 2016 when our under 15’s took on the tractor boys at Portman road. Links are strong between both academies due to former Spurs coach Bryan Klug now being involved with the Ipswich senior team, whilst this particular game is being in held in memory of Ipswich’s Dick Parker who supported Spurs. A number of showcase matches have been held in recent seasons and our links with the East Anglian club has also seen a handful of their players guest for us in youth matches. With the most recent being the quartet of Ben Knight, Zak Brown, Nyan Mesuria and Liam Gibbs who played for our under 15’s during last seasons surf cup in San Diego. The season before that saw Zimbabwean international Kundai Benyu represent our under 19’s in a tournament in Amsterdam. Tomorrow afternoons showcase game will provide the young Spurs players with the rare chance of playing in front of a big crowd at a large and world renowned stadium. It will also give me a greater indication as to who is likely to be part of next seasons group of first year scholars. As for who will play tomorrow, well your guess is good as mine. There will likely be a variety of under 16’s involved which will include the likes of u18 regular J’neil Bennett and goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz. There will also be a fair few under 15 players involved, players such as Nile John and Tarrelle Whittaker. There could also be a few under 14’s in action such as England under 15 international Khalon Haysman, who played for our under 16’s during the previous showcase game against Cambridge United earlier in the season. My in-depth match report of tomorrows showcase game will be out on Saturday evening. COYS

Possible starting 11: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz(c), Muir, Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Craig, John, Cooper, Bennett, Asante.

Unavailable: Troy Parrott (international duty).

Doubtful: Rafferty Pedder (injury) and Noni Madeuke (Madeuke has recently been turning out for Man United).

One to watch: Highly rated England under 16 international Ben Knight is considered as one of the most exciting young footballers in the country. The highly touted number 10 who has previously guested for Spurs’ under 15 side will provide the tractor boys with a major attacking outlet.

 

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

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

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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.

 

 

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

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England announced some of their youth squads for the upcoming international break today, and unsurprisingly it included a fair few of our lads, including some new additions.

England under 18’s: Three of our youngsters were named in Steve Cooper’s under 18 side for their two friendlies against Brazil and South Africa next month. The two matches are in preparation for the upcoming under 17 World Cup, Cooper’s squad includes talented Spurs right back TJ Eyoma (17) who has been a mainstay in the under 23’s side this season, as well as rising Spurs star and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. There’s also a new name in Cooper’s squad, as 16 year old Spurs starlet Oliver Skipp makes the squad, the deep lying midfielder has enjoyed a sensational start to the season, already becoming a pivotal figure in Wayne Burnetts development side. Here’s a recent piece I wrote on this immensely talented player: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/13/a-piece-on-oliver-skipps-remarkable-performance-against-sunderland-under-23s/

England under 19’s: Paul Simpson’s under 19 squad who have two friendly matches involving Poland and Germany next month, also included a trio of Spurs players. Tenacious centre half Japhet Tanganga who was a part of the England under 20 squad which won the Toulon tournament over the summer is included. In addition, talented left back Jaden Brown is also an inclusion. And there’s a first under 19 call up for Spurs winger Keanan Bennetts. Bennetts enjoyed an excellent pre season with our development squad, as well as an impressive start to the under 23 season, he is thoroughly deserving of his call up. Here’s a recent article I wrote on the pacy winger: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/11/keanan-bennetts-one-to-watch/ Meanwhile, talented Spurs winger Samuel Shashoua is very unlucky to miss out on the squad, Shashoua enjoyed a phenomenal season last campaign.

England under 20’s: Talented Spurs forward Marcus Edwards is the sole Spurs inclusion in Keith Downing’s under 20 squad, for their upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Switzerland with the latter taking place in Switzerland. I thought I’d also mention that Spurs under 16’s defender Luis Binks who has represented Scotland in the past, was part of England’s under 17 side for their match with Italy earlier in the week.

England under 21’s: Senior squad members Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both make the step up to Aidy Boothroyd’s under 21 squad for their friendly against the Netherlands and then their Euro under 21 qualifier against Latvia next Tuesday. The two Spurs starlets who were members of the victorious England under 20 squad over the summer have had really promising starts to their season, Onomah at his loan club Aston Villa, and Walker-Peters at the lilywhites where he recently made his first team debut. I would like to send my congratulations to all of our youngsters on their call ups!

 

Spurs youngster Kane Patterson called up to Scotland under 16’s:

Spurs youngster Kane Patterson called up to Scotland under 16’s:

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Young Spurs under 16 player Kane Patterson has been called up to Scotlands under 16’s team for the forthcoming Under-16 International Tournament, Patterson will also be involved in September for two friendly matches before being part of the squad that competes in this year’s Victory Shield in Northern Ireland. Patterson who plays as a full back is the youngster brother of first year scholar and Spurs winger Phoenix Patterson, I actually saw Kane play last season in an under 15 game against Milwall, which he played at left back, I was impressed by his performance that day, it will also be interesting to see if any Spurs players make the England under 16 squad for the same tournament. In other academy related news, Wayne Burnett’s development side will tomorrow find out which group they’ll be drawn in for this seasons Checkatrade Trophy, the draw should be announced by tomorrow afternoon with Spurs facing some very tricky groups. COYS

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

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Under 18’s: Our under 18’s side lost 3-2 to Chelsea yesterday afternoon at the blues Cobham training ground. John McDermott’s side played well and grew into the game as it went on, but despite their best efforts they couldn’t draw level. Their two late goals all they could manage on the day, Spurs’s goals came from forward Reo Griffith’s and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Up next for our under 18’s side is the rearranged FA Youth cup fifth round tie against Norwich on Thursday.

Spurs U18s: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c, Skipp 77), Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Duncan, Sterling (Griffiths 58), Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts (Hinds 71). Substitutes (not used): Gonzalez-Velasco, Freeman (GK).

Under 16’s: It was a different story for our under 16’s as they impressively defeated Chelsea 4-2 on Saturday. Forward Jeremie Mukendie netted a brace, whilst Jamie Bowden and Phoenix Patterson also got on the score sheet. An impressive result from a such a talented group of players.

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

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It was a mixed day for our youth sides yesterday as both our under 18’s and under 16’s faced Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Our under 18’s played out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Hotspur way in what was an exciting game of football, in which John McDermott’s side impressed against a top class blues side. Chelsea took the lead through Guehi after the youngster converted from the following corner. However, Spurs equalised soon after through Samuel Shashoua who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home after being played in by Dylan Duncan. Chelsea failed to convert a second half penalty as Spurs clutched on to a good point, in what was a very good performance from the Lillywhites. Meanwhile, our under 16’s were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea under 16’s.
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Hinds (Lock 73), Tsaroulla, Skipp, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan, Griffiths (Sterling 65), Roles, Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Reynolds, Dinzeyi, Austin (GK).

An in depth report of the under 18’s match is provided on the Spurs website: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/under-18s/match/report/spurs-u18-v-chelsea-match-report-221016/

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

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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.
http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=16580

Spurs under 16’s defeat Norwich 4-3:

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It was a good afternoon for our under 16’s today as they defeated Norwich 4-3 at Hotspur way to continue there good start to the new season. Talented forward Phoenix Patterson who has already featured for the under 18’s this season, scored a brace whilst striker Rodel Richards also netted for the Lillywhites. A further goal came down as an own goal from a canaries player as the under 16’s triumphed with yet another victory.