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

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

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

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

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

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

Spurs Under 18’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side travel to south London to face Crystal Palace on Saturday (the game starts at 11:00am), in a Premier League South fixture. Spurs were very unlucky not to have picked up at least a point against Chelsea in their last league fixture, as it was a game that they lost 2-1. However, were it not for two great goals from Chelsea in that match, then Stuart Lewis’ side would have got something from the game. Crystal Palace have picked up 14 points from their opening eight Premier League South games of this season, and they are currently in second place in the league table. In the last game it was great to see Rio Kyerematen, Will Andiyapan and Alfie Dorrington return to the Spurs Under 18 side squad. This should be a great game of football, but it will also be a tough game for Spurs, with Crystal Palace winning both league fixtures with Spurs at this level last season. I would like to wish Spurs all the vey best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Chaplin, Dorrington, McKnight, Kyerematen, Willhoft-King, Williams, Donley, Akhamrich, Lankshear.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Andiyapan, Hall, Owen, Ajayi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Junior Dixon (18). The Crystal Palace second year scholar has scored a very impressive total of eight Premier League South goals from seven appearances this season for the Crystal Palace Under 18 side.

Spurs Under 18’s 1-2 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Chelsea to Hotspur Way for a Premier League South fixture on Saturday morning. Head coach Stuart Lewis saw his side lose the game 2-1, but it was still in my opinion a good performance from his side. Spurs lined-up with captain Luca Gunter in goal, as George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Maxwell McKnight started the game in defence. Rio Kyerematen and Callum Olusesi started in central midfield for Spurs, as Jaden Williams and Mikey Moore started the game out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Will Lankshear led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. The game started at a good pace, and early on in the match Maxwell McKnight made a good headed clearance at the back post of the Spurs goal, to clear away Frankie Runham’s good cross. Travis Akomeah had a headed effort from a free-kick saved by Luca Gunter, before Archie Chaplin made an excellent sliding challenge to take the ball off of Tudor Mendel-Idowu, who was through on goal inside the Spurs penalty area.

After receiving Mikey Moore’s good pass inside the Chelsea box, Jamie Donley had a powerful effort saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Ted Curd. After going on a good run into the Chelsea box, Mikey Moore had an effort saved, before then having a low effort from distance saved a couple of minutes later. Louis Flower headed over Somto Boniface’s cross, and then he had a header saved by Luca Gunter shortly after. Jaden Williams headed wide Maxwell McKnight’s good cross into the Chelsea box, before Chelsea took the lead. After Frankie Runham had got past George Abbott on the left flank, the Chelsea winger found Michael Golding inside the Spurs box, and the midfielder curled an effort past Luca Gunter and into the Spurs goal, 0-1. Spurs tried to respond before half-time. After receiving Callum Olusesi’s pass inside the Chelsea box, Will Lankshear had an effort blocked, before Maxwell McKnight also had an effort blocked, with Jaden Williams then having an effort saved by the Chelsea goalkeeper.

Tudor Mendel-Idowu’s effort from the edge of the Spurs box was saved by Luca Gunter, before Spurs went forward with the ball. Maxwell McKnight brought the ball forward at pace, and he then played a one-two pass with Mikey Moore, before having an effort blocked. Archie Chaplin was shown a yellow card, and shortly after Frankie Runham’s free-kick delivery to Louis Flower resulted in the Chelsea forward having his good looping header well saved by Luca Gunter. Callum Olusesi was then shown a yellow card, just before Spurs managed to get an equalising goal. Rio Kyerematen managed to get on the ball, before passing it out to Mikey Moore on the left flank. The Spurs winger then found Jamie Donley on the right side of the Spurs box, and he was able to finish low past Ted Curd, 1-1. Louis Flower then hit an effort wide, across the Spurs goal from the left side of the Spurs box, just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time.

Chelsea got the second half underway. A good turn inside the Chelsea box by Mikey Moore resulted in the Spurs winger having his effort deflected just wide of Ted Curd’s goal. Lankshear had an effort blocked on the left side of the Chelsea penalty area, with Alfie Dorrington’s lofted pass to Mikey Moore on the left flank seeing him take the ball into the Chelsea box really well, before having an effort saved by the goalkeeper. Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort inside the Spurs box at the other end of the pitch, before Luca Gunter managed to save Frankie Runham’s effort from inside the Spurs box. Spurs made a double change shortly after, as Han Willhoft-King and Damola Ajayi came on to replace Jaden Williams and Callum Olusesi respectively. Tudor Mendel-Idowu headed Harrison McMahon’s cross wide form inside the Spurs box, and then Frankie Runham hit an effort over the goal from the edge of the penalty area.

After receiving Tudor Mendel-Idowu’s pass just outside of the Spurs box, Josh Acheampong hit a powerful and quite unstoppable effort into the top left corner of Luca Gunter’s goal, 1-2. Luca Gunter then tipped over Tudor Mendel-Idowu’s headed effort from a cross into the Spurs box, before at the other end of the pitch Rio Kyerematen won a free-kick on the edge of the Chelsea box, which Jamie Donley then hit over the goal. A pass from Donley to Lankshear on the left side of the Chelsea box, saw the former Sheffield United player have his effort blocked by Harrison Murray-Campbell. Lankshear then had an effort from the right side of the Chelsea box tipped over by Ted Curd, before Rio Kyerematen had an effort on goal blocked. After receiving Damola Ajayi’s pass on the left side of the Chelsea box, the impressive Mikey Moore went past Frankie Runham, before having an effort saved by Ted Curd. Yusuf Akhamrich came on to replace Rio Kyerematen, and soon afterwards the winger went forward down Chelsea’s left side at pace, before crossing into the Chelsea box, but Jamie Donley’s header was saved. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time not long after. 

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Crystal Palace (away) next Saturday, in what is their next league fixture.

My man of the match – Maxwell McKnight. Playing out of position at left-back for the game against Chelsea on Saturday, second year scholar Maxwell McKnight continued his impressive start to the 2022/23 season by putting in a very good defensive performance against Chelsea, in my opinion. The player from Colchester in Essex, kept very good positioning throughout the match, and he defended really well against the talented and very creative Tudor Mendel-Idowu. Maxwell also got forward well, but it was his very good reading of the game and decision making, which impressed me most today.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Chelsea in a Premier League South fixture at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am). Spurs won 5-1 against Charlton Athletic in their last competitive match at this level, with that game being in the Under 18 Premier League Cup. The game on Saturday against Chelsea is the first meeting between the two sides at this level this season. Chelsea won both fixtures against Spurs last season in the league, and they are currently in third place in the Premier League South, with 10 points from their opening six league matches of the season. They are of course a very good side and this will be a difficult game for Spurs, but it will also be a very competitive game. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game. Spurs’ Under 18 side today found out that they will face QPR, at home, in the third round of the 2022/23 edition of the FA Youth Cup.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), McKnight, Chaplin, Morgan, Linton, Abbott, Moore, Williams, Donley, Irow, Lankshear.

Subs from: Krasniqi, King, Hall, Owen, Ajayi.

Injured/unavailable: Thomas Bloxham (on international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under 18 side).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Tudor Mendel-Idowu (17). The second year scholar has been starting matches on the right flank as a winger, in recent games, and he is a very skilful and creative player who has impressed me whenever I have seen him play for Chelsea in the past.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Charlton Athletic: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Charlton Athletic on Saturday (the game starts at 11:00am), at Charlton Athletic’s training ground, in their final Under 18 Premier League Cup group-stage fixture of this season. Not a side that Spurs have faced in competitive games at this level in recent seasons, category two academy side Charlton Athletic are currently in first place in Group F of the Under 18 Premier League Cup. After they won against Wolves, and then against a very talented Liverpool side by a remarkable scoreline of 8-1. Spurs need to win against Charlton on Saturday to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, although if they finish as the best second placed side, then they will also qualify for the quarter-finals stage of the competition, a competition which Spurs reached the final of in 2017/18. This will be a very interesting game on Saturday, and it is one that I am hoping to be in attendance for. However, travelling to the game on Saturday may make that difficult. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for this important cup match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, McKnight, Bryan-Waugh, Chaplin, Linton, Abbott, Moore, Williams (c), Ajayi, Irow, Lankshear.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Willhoft-King, Bloxham, Owen, Akhamrich.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Henry Rylah. The Charlton Athletic Academy player scored a brace against Liverpool, in Charlton’s 8-1 win in their last match in this competition.

Spurs Under 19’s versus Olympique de Marseille: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 19 side face French side Olympique de Marseille on Tuesday (the game starts at 14:00pm, and is taking place in Marseille), in their final UEFA Youth League group-stage fixture of the 2022/23 edition of the competition. Spurs are officially out of the competition, and that was confirmed following their 2-1 loss to Sporting Clube de Portugal last week. Spurs’ Under 19 side won 3-0 against Olympique de Marseille in their opening game of the group, and on that day Spurs were very good. If Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side get at least a draw against Marseille tomorrow, then they will finish in third place in the group. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game tomorrow.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Abbott, McKnight, Chaplin, Linton, John (c), Moore, Santiago, Devine, Mundle, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Willhoft-King, Olusesi, Ajayi, Mathurin, Owen, Lankshear.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Jores Rahou (19). The Marseille player played in the centre-forward position against Spurs in the reverse fixture, and I thought that he had a good game.

Spurs Under 19’s 1-2 Sporting Clube de Portugal: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 19 side welcomed Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal to Hotspur Way on Wednesday afternoon, for a UEFA Youth League group-stage fixture. It was the second last such group-stage fixture for both sides in the 2022/23 edition of the competition, and unfortunately Spurs lost the game 2-1, meaning that they are now officially out of the competition, with one game still to play. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Jahziah Linton started in defence. Captain Nile John and Alfie Devine started in central midfield, with Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Will Lankshear, on his first start for the club, led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway.

The game couldn’t have started any better for Spurs, who took an early lead through Will Lankshear. After Sporting Clube de Portugal captain Renato De Palma Veiga had given the ball away to Lankshear inside the Sporting Clube de Portugal box, Lankshear showed good composure, before calmly finding the bottom left corner of the goal, 1-0. Sporting Clube de Portugal responded well however, and an effort from Diogo Gomes Cabral from the right side of the Spurs box, was saved well by Aaron Maguire. A couple of minutes later Afonso Bastardo Moreira volleyed wide Diogo Gomes Cabral’s cross away from the Spurs goal. At the other end of the pitch George Abbott hit an effort over the goal, before Marco Sousa Cruz headed just wide from Afonso Bastardo Moreira’s corner-kick. Aaron Maguire gathered a ball well inside his penalty area, shortly after. George Abbott blocked an effort well inside the Spurs box, before a good Sporting Clube de Portugal move resulted in an equalising goal.

Marco Sousa Cruz found the left corner of the Spurs goal with a curling effort from inside their penalty area, after receiving a pass, 1-1. Archie Chaplin did well to divert Samuel Loureiro Carvalho Justo’s effort inside the Spurs penalty area. Nile John and George Abbott both blocked efforts well in quick succession, before Jahziah Linton was shown a yellow card after making a foul. Jamie Donley hit an effort wide of the Sporting goal from inside their penalty area, after receiving a pass from Alfie Devine. Jahziah Linton then blocked Diogo Gomes Cabral’s late effort, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Sporting Clube de Portugal got the second half underway, after Spurs had made a change, as Maxwell McKnight came on to replace Jahziah Linton. Jaden Williams came on to replace Will Lankshear soon after, before Sporting took the lead for the first time in the game. Alfie Dorrington had initially done really well to block Rodrigo Duarte Ribeiro’s effort inside the Spurs box, but Marco Sousa Cruz managed to get on the ball, and his effort went in off Aaron Maguire’s left post, 1-2.

Spurs made a double change as Yago Santiago and the injured Alfie Dorrington were replaced by Damola Ajayi and Mikey Moore, respectively. Jamie Donley and Romaine Mundle were both shown yellow cards, before Spurs made their final change of the game. As Callum Olusesi came on to replace Romaine Mundle. Aaron Maguire saved Pedro Baldé Sanca’s low effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area, in what was the next chance in the match. Renato De Palma Veiga hit a powerful effort wide of the Spurs goal, before Pedro Baldé Sanca hit an effort wide of Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box. The alert Aaron Maguire, who was having a good game, saved Diogo Travassos’ free-kick, and then at the other end of the pitch Mikey Moore had a good effort from the right side of the Sporting penalty area saved by Diego Calai Silva. Jamie Donley, who was now playing in central defence, blocked a late Sporting effort well, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ final game of the competition takes place next Tuesday, when they face Olympique de Marseille, in Marseille.

Player reviews:

  • Aaron Maguire: The Spurs goalkeeper and first year professional had a good, solid game in goal for Spurs. Maguire made a good save early on in the game, and he would later make some good decisions during the game.
  • George Abbott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The 17 year old central defender had in my opinion an impressive game. The England Under 18 international was good on the ball, but his reading of the game and impression on the game inside Spurs’ half of the pitch, was good and he read the game really well. He had to leave the pitch in the second half because of injury, but hopefully he will return soon.
  • Archie Chaplin: The first year scholar worked well alongside the slightly more experienced Alfie Dorrington in central defence, and like Dorrington, he had quite a lot of defending to do during the match.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back had quite a bit of defending to do during the first half, but after receiving a yellow card during the first half he was replaced by Maxwell McKnight at half-time.
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain played as the deepest of the two central midfielders, and he tried to keep the ball moving in the central areas of the pitch, while also doing quite a bit of defending.
  • Alfie Devine: Always trying to be inventive on the ball and be creative with it, Devine went on some good surging forward runs with the ball from midfield.
  • Yago Santiago: The forward started the game out on the right flank, and during the first half in particular he was particularly creative with the ball, at times.
  • Jamie Donley: Starting the match in the CAM position, Jamie Donley looked to link the play with Will Lankshear. Following Alfie Dorrington’s injury during the second half, Donley finished the match in central defence. He did well in central defence.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger started the game on the left flank, and he took most of Spurs’ set-pieces during the match.
  • Will Lankshear: The centre-forward took his early goal well, and he worked very hard off the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The substitute came on for the start of the second half, and while he had quite a bit of defending to do, he did well defensively, in my opinion.
  • Jaden Williams: The second half substitute came on to play out on the right flank initially, before the finishing the game in the centre-forward position.
  • Damola Ajayi: The second half substitute went into midfield during his time on the pitch.
  • Mikey Moore: The second half substitute impressed at times during his time on the pitch as a winger.
  • Callum Olusesi: Callum Olusesi came on in the match as a late substitute.

My man of the match – George Abbott. The central midfielder once again started at right-back, and in my opinion I thought that he did really well. The 17 year old was tenacious, kept good defensive positioning, and he made some excellent blocks. Abbott’s reading of the game was as always very good, and he looked really confident against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Spurs Under 19’s versus Sporting Clube de Portugal: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 19 side face Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal at Hotspur Way on Wednesday (the game starts at 13:00pm), in a UEFA Youth League group-stage fixture. Spurs have to win against a very good Sporting Clube de Portugal Under 19 side, to really have a chance of getting to the next stage of the competition. Sporting Clube de Portugal are top of the group, with eight points from four games played in the competition, while Spurs are in third place, with three points from four matches. Sporting Clube de Portugal won 2-0 against Spurs in the reverse fixture in September, in a game that the home side were much the better team in, on that occasion. Midfielder Matthew Craig is suspended for Spurs tomorrow, after being sent off in their last game in the competition. This will be an interesting game on Wednesday, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, McKnight, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Abbott, John (c), Devine, Mundle, Donley, Santiago, Lankshear.

Subs from: Hayton, Linton, Chaplin, Hall, Moore, Ajayi, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: Matthew Craig (suspended), Oliver Irow (international duty).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Rodrigo Ribeiro. The Sporting Clube de Portugal forward has really impressed in the UEFA Youth League so far this season, and he has scored five goals and provided two assists from four appearances in the competition this season.

Spurs Under 18’s 0-6 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Fulham in a Premier League South fixture at their Motspur Park training ground, on Saturday. Spurs lost the game 6-0, and it was a game in which Fulham were the much better team. Spurs lined-up with captain Luca Gunter in goal, while Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Archie Chaplin, Jahziah Linton and Maeson King started in defence. Callum Olusesi and Mikey Moore started in central midfield, as Maxwell McKnight and Riley Owen started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Damola Ajayi. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. Fulham started the game well, and after Oliver Gofford had hit an effort over Luca Gunter’s goal from the centre of the Spurs box, Aaron Loupalo met a cross from the right flank, inside the Spurs box. However, his effort was saved by Luca Gunter. Jaden Williams had an effort blocked by Caelan Avenall inside the Fulham box, before Archie Chaplin blocked Oliver Gofford’s effort at the other end of the pitch. 

Mikey Moore blocked an effort from Terrell Works, as Fulham continued their good start to the game. Archie Chaplin made a good recovery challenge on Aaron Loupalo, before the Fulham centre-forward received a through-ball pass, before continuing into the Spurs box. However, Luca Gunter read the situation well, and he was able to get an important hand on the ball. After winning a free-kick near the edge of the Fulham box, Mikey Moore hit an effort towards goal, which was deflected behind by the Fulham wall. Archie Chaplin did well to block an effort from Oliver Gofford, off the line inside the Spurs box, before Fulham won a penalty. Lemar Gordon was brought down by Jahziah Linton inside the Spurs box, as the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Terrell Works stepped up to find the bottom left corner of the Spurs goal, 0-1.

Not long after Fulham had taken the lead, the home side got another goal. Brandon Bryan-Waugh’s clearance inside the Spurs box following a Fulham chance, came to Oliver Gofford, who finished low past Luca Gunter, 0-2. After Aaron Loupalo turned his way past Archie Chaplin, the Fulham forward went forward with the ball and into the Spurs box. Luca Gunter was initially able to gather the ball, before Aaron Loupalo managed to get on the ball again, and this time he found the back of the net, 0-3. After dribbling his way into the Fulham box well, Callum Olusesi hit an effort over their goal. Archie Chaplin made a good challenge on Aaron Loupalo, inside the Spurs box, before Fulham extended their lead. Terrell Works passed the ball to Aaron Loupalo on the right side of the Spurs box, and the first year scholar found the bottom left corner of the goal, in what was the final chance of the first half, 0-4.

Fulham got the second half underway. After receiving Terell Works’ pass inside the Spurs box, Aaron Loupalo hit an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Han Willhoft-King came on to replace Callum Olusesi, before Thomas Bloxham came on to replace Damola Ajayi. The impressive Aaron Loupalo hit an effort over the Spurs goal from inside the penalty area, and then Archie Chaplin managed to block Lemar Gordon’s effort on the edge of the Spurs box. Riley Owen was shown a yellow card by the referee after making a strong challenge, and then Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked by Harvey Araujo on the right side of the Fulham box. Brad De Jesus hit an effort wide from distance, before Han Willhoft-King blocked an effort from the same player shortly after. Thomas Bloxham hit an effort wide from the edge of the Fulham box, as Spurs tried to get back in to the game.

Yusuf Akhamrich came on to replace Riley Owen, and then Oliver Gofford hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, from inside their penalty area. Substitute Callum Osmand further extended Fulham’s lead after receiving a pass inside the Spurs box, Callum Osmand found the bottom left corner of Luca Gunter’s goal, 0-5. Thomas Bloxham had an ambitious effort from distance saved, before Fulham got another goal. It was a good move by the home side, as Terrell Works passed the ball to Callum Osmand inside the Spurs box, and he then finished past Luca Gunter, 0-6. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time soon after. Spurs’ Under 18 side face Norwich City at home next Saturday, in their next Premier League South fixture.

My piece on Spurs’ skilful and creative second year scholar Riley Owen:

Riley Owen is now in his second season of scholarship with Spurs. The 17 year old Academy player made 20 competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 18 side during the 2021/22 season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Born in London and brought up in Bromley, Riley had previously been with Arsenal, prior to joining the Spurs Academy set-up. A direct winger who often starts matches on the left flank as a winger, but who can also play on the right flank or as a CAM, Riley Owen is a very skilful player, who has a good low centre of gravity and the ability to go past defenders at pace. Only just being eligible to be in Spurs’ first year scholarship group from last season, instead of being in the current first year scholarship group of players (his birthday is in late August), Riley made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side in their opening Premier League South match of the 2021/22 season, against Fulham.

Riley Owen scored two goals against Birmingham City in an away Premier League South fixture, early on in the 2021/22 season, and he started last season well. Riley is very good at creating space for himself, and his movement off the ball is also very good. Skilful, fast and direct with the ball at his feet, he can ride a challenge well and is good at receiving the ball on the turn. In a home league fixture against West Bromwich Albion during the 2021/22 season, Riley showed his fine ability to make good runs into space, in the forward areas of the pitch. As he made a clever run between the West Brom defence, before heading a late winning goal for Spurs. I often would watch Riley’s movement off the ball in matches last season, and it really impressed me. He is a creative player, who in some ways reminds me a bit of Dilan Markanday, when he was at the same stage of his footballing journey. Both very skilful, fast, clever and creative players, who are always looking to create opportunities out of very little. Riley’s link-up play is good, and he is more than capable of going on long and skilful runs forward with the ball at pace.

These are still very early days in Riley’s footballing career, but he is only going to get better and better, in my opinion. Riley impressed me in a pre-season tournament match against Kerala Blasters FC, this pre-season, and he really showed the creative side to his game in that fixture. I would like to wish Riley all the very best for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.