Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Chelsea: (match report)

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Our under 23’s welcomed unbeaten London rivals Chelsea to the Lamex Stadium on Monday night for an important PL2 clash. Wayne Burnett’s side put in a good defensive performance against the ‘ Blues ‘ although they did struggle a bit to create chances. After a good performance Spurs were dealt a late blow after former Spurs schoolboy Armando Broja netted a late winner for Chelsea who maintain their unbeaten record in the league. Wayne Burnett’s side saw Brandon Austin start in goal, while a back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, captain TJ Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tariq Hinds sat in front of him. Elliot Thorpe and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Armando Shashoua. Rodel Richards started up front for Spurs. Chelsea got the game underway on a very chilly night in Hertfordshire. The first chance of the game came Spurs’ way after Rodel Richards passed the ball to Dilan Markanday down the right hand side of the Chelsea box. However, Markanday’s resulting shot on goal was blocked by Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well during the opening stages of the game.

After receiving Armando Shashoua’s pass inside the Chelsea box Rodel Richards appeared to be fouled by Jack Wakely however, the referee Adrian Quelch didn’t point to the spot. Dilan Markanday had a cross gathered by Chelsea goalkeeper Jamie Cumming before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s fine forward pass found Shilow Tracey down the left flank. Tracey cut inside onto his right foot before having a shot blocked by Chelsea captain Marc Guehi before Tashan Oakley-Boothe shot the ball narrowly wide of Jamie Cumming’s goal. The impressive Elliot Thorpe was shown a yellow card on his PL2 debut after pulling back Thierno Ballo before Chelsea’s Tariq Uwakwe cut inside from the left flank before firing the ball narrowly wide of Brandon Austin’s goal. After surging forward Shilow Tracey had a shot blocked by Clinton Mola before Marc Guehi nodded over George McEachran’s corner kick. McEachran’s resulting corner kick was punched in the air by Austin before Jack Wakely’s headed effort on goal was cleared on the line by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Tariq Hinds cleared away Armando Broja’s low cross. Elliot Thorpe then conceded a free kick right on the edge of the Spurs box however, Tariq Uwakwe’s resulting effort on goal was blocked in the Spurs wall by Rodel Richards before Marc Guehi fired the ball over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. Elliot Thorpe conceded another free kick on the edge of the Spurs box a couple of minutes later.

George McEachran’s resulting effort struck Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the Spurs wall. At the other end of the pitch Rodel Richards flicked wide Dilan Markanday’s cross, before Armando Shashoua picked up the ball before passing it to Shilow Tracey in the Chelsea box, but he thumped the ball narrowly wide of the goal. Jubril Okedina then had a cross cleared away by Ian Maatsen before Dilan Markanday dribbled his way into the Chelsea box before hitting the ball against the side netting of Jamie Cumming’s goal. Clinton Mola then powered an effort over Brandon Austin’s crossbar from distance before Jubril Okedina accidentally gave the ball to Armando Broja on the edge of the Spurs box but, Broja fired the ball over Austin’s crossbar in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway and they felt that they should have been awarded an early penalty after Chelsea’s Jon Russell appeared to foul Elliot Thorpe after the midfielder had darted into the Chelsea box. A couple of minutes later and after winning the ball Rodel Richards surged forward before firing the ball just wide of the Chelsea goal from the edge of the box. Jubril Okedina then blocked Tariq Uwakwe’s shot at the opposite end of the pitch before Brandon Austin gathered the ball. After Spurs broke forward Jubril Okedina fired an effort over from distance, before Shilow Tracey saw his low cross cleared away by Ian Maatsen.

After Jon Russell had passed the ball to Charlie Brown down the left side of the Spurs box Brown forced a save out of Austin from his powerful effort. Austin then punched clear Henry Lawrence’s cross before the Spurs goalkeeper got a yellow card for kicking the ball away, before Dilan Markanday was also shown a yellow card for committing the same offence. After receiving Jubril Okedina’s pass Shilow Tracey’s deflected shot squirmed just wide of Jamie Cumming’s goal. Elliot Thorpe then made way for Phoenix Patterson who came on in central midfield. Ian Maatsen headed George McEachran’s free kick wide after Lyons-Foster had conceded it. Okedina then cleared away George McEachran’s free kick before Dilan Markanday’s whipped effort was saved by Jamie Cumming. TJ Eyoma’s long pass managed to find the run of Phoenix Patterson down the right hand side of the Chelsea box and Patterson’s powerful first time effort flew just wide of Cumming’s goal. Then at the other end of the pitch and after receiving Tariq Uwakwe’s pass down the right side of the Spurs box, Armando Broja fired the ball past the helpless Brandon Austin and into the roof of his goal, 0-1. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then cleared away Henry Lawrence’s cross before George McEachran’s corner kick was met by Armando Broja and Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin who managed to catch the ball before dropping it and being fouled. Rayan Clarke came onto replace Jubril Okedina at right back before Charlie Brown whipped an effort just wide of the Spurs goal from the edge of the Spurs box. Referee Adrian Quelch then sounded his whistle for full time to bring an end to a tight game.

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: The extremely vocal Spurs goalkeeper who turns 21 on Wednesday, didn’t have an awful lot to do against his former club yesterday night. Apart from organising the back four really well Austin made two decent saves, the 20 year olds distribution was also decent.
  • Jubril Okedina: The right back defended solidly particularly during the first half against Chelsea’s Tariq Uwakwe and he made some good tackles. I thought that Okedina did a good job for Wayne Burnett’s side.
  • TJ Eyoma: The Spurs captain had a solid game and he put in a good performance at RCB alongside Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Eyoma was good in the air and solid on the ground. 
  • Tariq Hinds: The left back was nice and aggressive and he got forward well while also doing quite a good defensive job. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My man of the match, see below.
  • Elliot Thorpe: The 19 year old made his PL2 debut for Wayne Burnett’s side on Monday night. Thorpe played with real bite and energy and he showed a real desire to get stuck in and to try and influence the game. Defensively good, the Cambridgeshire born midfielder showed good skill and a desire to drive forward with the ball. This was a very encouraging performance from the former Wales under 19 international.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The central midfielder went on some good surging forward runs.
  • Dilan Markanday: The skilful right winger made several good twists and turns and he enjoyed some successful spells in the game however, he struggled a bit to deal with the physicality of Chelsea left back Jack Wakely.
  • Armand Shashoua: As always Shashoua showed tremendous skill and close ball control in the CAM role, and a real desire to work for the team. Shashoua took up intelligent positions 
  • Shilow Tracey: The speedy left winger went on some good runs down the left flank and he also tracked back well after him. 
  • Rodel Richards: The centre forwards movement was good but he didn’t quite get the service that he craved on the night.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net with a fine late effort. It was a decent cameo from the 19 year old.
  • Rayan Clarke: N/A.

My man of the match: 19 year old defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster put in a very good performance at LCB on Monday night. Lyons-Foster reading of the game was second to none, as was his anticipation and positioning. The first year pro was good in the air (his headers were nice cushioned ones) and he hardly put a foot wrong on the ground.

Spurs: Austin, Okedina (R Clarke 89), Hinds, Thorpe (Patterson 70), Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Oakley-Boothe, Richards, Shashoua, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Pochettino.

Chelsea: Cumming, Lawrence, Wakely, Guehi (c), Maatsen, Mola, Broja, McEachran, Brown (Simons 90+2), Ballo (Russell 46), Uwakwe (Bate 80). Substitutes (not used): Ziger, Simeu.

Goal: Chelsea – Broja 82.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Thorpe 11, Austin 62, Oakley-Boothe 69; Chelsea – Russell 56.

Referee: Adrian Quelch.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 591.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Armando Shashoua – 5

Harvey White – 3

Rodel Richards – 3

Jamie Bowden – 3

Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 3

Armando Shashoua – 3

Dilan Markanday – 3

Rodel Richards – 2

Tariq Hinds – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

TJ Eyoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Josh Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Wigan Athletic: (match preview)

 

Spurs under 18’s versus Wigan Athletic: (match preview)

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Our under 18’s are preparing to face category two academy side Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night, in the fourth round of the prestigious FA Youth Cup. Matt Taylor’s side warmed up for this hugely important clash by impressively defeating an unbeaten Fulham side 4-1 in the league. In fact Spurs have won their last two league games going into this encounter. Wigan I am told are a vey exciting and attacking team, and the ‘ Tics ‘ who beat Croydon FC 8-1 in the last round of the competition, have been excelling in their own league. Peter Murphy’s side of which includes a couple of England youth internationals, currently sits at the top of the U18 professional development league, eight points above second place Sheffield United. It’s worth noting that the Lancashire based club have won their last 11 league game in a row! Wigan have a number of exciting attacking players in their ranks that the young Spurs lads will have to be wary of on Wednesday. These include attacking midfielder Thelo Aasgaard, wingers Sean McGurk and Mackenzie O’Neill and centre forward Kyle Joseph. Other players to look out for are England youth international Jensen Weir and Wigan captain Harry Jolley. This game which will be played at the DW Stadium, is a game in which Spurs must not underestimate the opposition as they are very, very good. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for this hugely important cup tie, and I am sure that Spurs will field a very strong side. I will be reporting on Wednesday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Fagan-Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, White, Robson, Whitaker, Pedder, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Skinner, Santiago, Mundle, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig, Chay Cooper.

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2. 

My one to watch: Wigan midfielder and England youth international Jensen Weir.

 

Spurs under 18’s 4-1 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-1 Fulham: (match report)

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Matt Taylor’s Spurs under 18 side welcomed fellow London club Fulham to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning for an under 18 Premier League South game. Spurs started the game well and they attacked well from the offing against a Fulham side who were missing some of their star players. After doing a good job inside the opening 15 minutes, Spurs took the lead through Harvey White (from the penalty spot) and they continued to control the game throughout the remainder of the first half. Second half goals from Romaine Mundle, Harvey White and Tarrelle Whittaker secured the points for Spurs who put in an excellent team performance against a side who had been unbeaten in the league going into this game. This was a fantastic warm up game going into Wednesday nights important FA Youth Cup tie against Wigan Athletic. Spurs lined up with Thimothee Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four consisting of Marqes Muir, captain Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Max Robson partnered up in central midfield while Romaine Mundle and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Kion Etete led the line for the young Lilywhites. Fulham got the game underway on a cold morning in Enfield. 

Early on in the game J’Neil Bennett headed Harvey White’s free kick over the crossbar of Fulham goalkeeper Damian Las. A couple of minutes later Kion Etete attacked Marqes Muir’s cross from the right flank. Etete’s good looping header tested Damian Las who produced a good save to deny the Spurs striker. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Fulham defender Luca Murphy, but the ball came to Max Robson on the edge of the Fulham box and before he could get the ball under control he was barged to the floor by Connor McAvoy leaving the referee with no other choice than to point to the spot. Harvey White stood up confidently before planting the ball in the left hand corner of the Fulham goal, with a powerful strike, 1-0. A couple of minutes after the restart, Jean-Pierre Tiehi’s lofted pass to set Michael Olakigbe through on goal was swept up by the outrushing Thimothee Lo-Tutala. A good Spurs move then saw Binks pass the ball to Pedder who gave the ball to J’Neil Bennett who surged forward down the left hand side of the Fulham box before firing an effort on goal which was saved at his near post by Damian Las. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick was just missed by Luis Binks inside the Fulham box before Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared Aprion Pajaziti’s cross. Spurs were in full control of the game.

Rafferty Pedder had a cross cleared away by Luca Murphy before Pedder received J’Neil Bennett’s pass inside the Fulham box. The Maidstone born attacking midfielder skipped past Fulham defender Ibane Bowat before firing the ball into the side netting. Romaine Mundle then had a shot cleared away by Luca Murphy before Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a goal ruled out for offside, before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Spurs got the second half underway and Matt Taylor’s side started the half in a fantastic way. After receiving Kion Etete’s pass out on the left wing J’Neil Bennett crossed the ball for Romaine Mundle inside the centre of the Fulham box and he smartly tapped the ball past Dominic Las to double Spurs’ advantage, 2-0. A couple of minutes later Harvey White did well to pick out Kion Etete inside the Fulham box with a clever lofted pass. Etete then fired the ball against the bottom right hand post, before Romaine Mundle saw his shot deflect wide of the goal. Mundle received a yellow card shortly afterwards for pulling back Aprion Pajaziti. After receiving Harvey White’s pass J’Neil Bennett surged into the Fulham box before being brought down by Jay Williams as the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Harvey White stood up again before firing the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal, 3-0.

After Jean-Pierre Tiehi had latched onto Aprion Pajaziti’s through ball, he had a shot blocked behind by Marqes Muir inside the Spurs box before Michael Olakigbe curled an effort onto Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s crossbar. Ibane Bowat then blocked J’Neil Bennett’s shot on goal before Fulham’s Idris Odutayo headed Rafferty Pedder’s whipped cross just wide of the Fulham goal. Kion Etete then headed wide Harvey White’s corner kick as Spurs continued to dominate the game, playing some lovely attacking football in the process. Luis Binks headed Harvey White’s cross wide of the Fulham goal, before White won a free kick in a promising position on the pitch. White’s resulting whipped effort however, flew over the crossbar of Dominic Las. Fulham managed to pull a goal back in the 77th minute of the game through Jean-Pierre Tiehi. Oliver O’Neil’s shot on goal was blocked by Malachi Fagan-Walcott, but the ball ran through to Tiehi in the Spurs box and he slotted the ball past Lo-Tutala, 3-1. Spurs then made a double change as Tarrelle Whittaker and Aaron Skinner came onto replace Kion Etete and Max Robson. Harvey White shot rather ambitiously wide from the restart before Luis Binks headed a whipped free kick from White wide of the Fulham goal.

Aaron Skinner’s whipped cross was volleyed over by Tarrelle Whittaker, before Spurs netted their fourth goal of the game to secure all three points. After Dermi Lusala had passed the ball to J’Neil Bennett out on the left wing, Bennett whipped a delightful cross into the Fulham box where he managed to pick out Tarrelle Whittaker. Whittaker calmly took a touch before firing the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal of Dominic Las, 4-1. Schoolboy Roshaun Mathurin replaced Romaine Mundle for the final minutes of the game. Mathurin had a cross cleared away by Ibane Bowat before Dermi Lusala got back to make a terrific goal saving challenge on Oliver O’Neil inside the Tottenham box. This was an excellent team performance from Spurs, who dominated their London rivals from the start to the finish of Saturday’s league game. If they play like that against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday then they will have no problems progressing to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: Although the Spurs goalkeeper didn’t make a single save against Fulham, Lo-Tutala did well in his all round play. The 16 year old came rushing out of his box to make an important clearance in the first half.
  • Marqes Muir: This was an excellent performance from Muir at right back and the Lambeth born defender totally neutralised the threat of Fulham winger Imani Lanquedoc. Muir made some good challenges and blocks and he never allowed Lanquedoc to enjoy much space down our right hand side.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The Spurs captain cut out a number of decent Fulham attacks and the RCB defended solidly throughout the entirety of Saturday’s game. 
  • Luis Binks: The LCB was always in the right place at the right time and he never strayed out of position. Binks was dominant in the air and faultless on the ground, this was a very good performance from the Gillingham born centre half.
  • Dermi Lusala: Yet another player who had an excellent game, Lusala defended really well and he made some important challenges. However, the North Londoner managed to combine his defensive duties with his attacking ones so well and he went on many a good skilful run down the right flank. Lusala made one excellent late defensive intervention and he was also involved in our fourth and final goal of the game.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Max Robson: The first year scholar never stopped running and pressing the Fulham players. Robson went on many good forward runs, and like his midfield partner Harvey White he combined both his attacking duties and defensive duties really well. Robson won our opening penalty of the game after being barged inside the Fulham box. 
  • Romaine Mundle: Operating out on the right wing Mundle went on some good skilful runs down that flank and he managed to cause the Fulham fullback a lot of bother. Mundle also took his goal really well. 
  • Rafferty Pedder: The attacking midfielder put in a very Armando Shashoua-esque shift in the CAM position. Pedder went on some excellent long surging forward runs and he showed great strength on the ball. Pedder did an excellent job at linking the play, and he made many a nice incisive forward pass. 
  • J’Neil Bennett: Chipping in with a hat-trick of assists, the skilful J’Neil Bennett went on many very good runs down the left flank and his crossing, vision and skill was all very good indeed.
  • Kion Etete: The 18 year old striker led the line really well for Matt Taylor’s side. Etete laid the ball off well to his teammates and he worked really hard up top. Etete was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the second half after hitting the woodwork. 
  • Aaron Skinner: The son of the former Blackburn Rovers player Craig Skinner came off the bench late on in the game. Skinner slotted into central midfield and he made one good crunching challenge.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: Our under 18’s top scorer this season came off the bench to score a well taken late goal, his seventh of the season. 
  • Roshaun Mathurin: N/A.

My man of the match: The second year scholar completely bossed the game from central midfield (White chipped in with two goals). I lost count at the amount of chances that White created from deep, the Maidstone born midfielder showed great guile in the middle of the park and he moved the ball around the pitch really well. In addition White’s balance and strength on the ball made him difficult to play against in the centre of the park. White’s vision for a pass and ability to dictate the game as well as defend from the central areas of the pitch played a massive factor in Spurs winning the game. 

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 7

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 4

Kion Etete –  4

Enock Asante – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Harvey White – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Romaine Mundle – 1

Assists:

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 5

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Romaine Mundle – 3

Kion Etete – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Harvey White – 2

Enock Asante – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Yago Santiago – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s first game of 2020 is a big London derby against Chelsea, at Stevenage Borough’s Lamex Stadium on Monday night. Wayne Burnett’s side have enjoyed a good season so far and they currently occupy sixth spot in the PL2 division one. Andy Myers’ Chelsea on the other hand are unbeaten in the league and they sit in second place with 24 points from 12 games, and a game in hand. Chelsea boast a wealth of talent and with names such as Billy Gilmour, Clinton Mola and Marc Guehi on their books, there is no doubting that this will be a seriously difficult encounter for Spurs. Furthermore Spurs will likely have to do without important players such as Luis Binks, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Harvey White owing to our under 18’s important FA Youth Cup game against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday. This however, will give playing time for other players to step in. For those interested Monday nights game is being shown live on Chelsea TV. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Okedina, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma, Jack Clarke, Shashoua, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Patterson, Markanday, Rayan Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: Kazaiah Sterling.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Jeremie Mukendi.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Chelsea’s talented central midfielder Billy Gilmour (18) who has already featured on two occasions for their first team in the Premier League this season. Gilmour has excellent vision and great passing ability, and the Scotland under 21 international has the ability to take players out of the game with a single pass. 

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

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Spurs were stunned by Saturday’s opponents Fulham on the opening day of the league season when they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by the ‘ Cottagers ‘ at their Motspur Park training facility. Matt Taylor’s side were totally outplayed by a very good Fulham side and since beating us back in August they have been in outstanding form. Fulham occupy second spot in the under 18 premier league south with 27 points from 11 games, they are also unbeaten in the league. Matt Taylor’s Spurs side finished 2019 with an impressive 4-3 victory over Leicester City and they’ll be hoping to put in a similar performance on Saturday morning. Steve Wigley’s side on the other hand will be desperate to keep up their unbeaten record and with quality players such as skilful attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, centre forward Jay Stansfield and winger Sylvester Jasper they are sure to give Spurs a tough game. This game takes place at an interesting time for Spurs, as the young Lilywhites have a hugely important FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday, so I would imagine that a number of players will be rested for Saturday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Cirkin (c), John, Robson, Whittaker, Pedder, Cooper, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Santiago, Mundle, Carrington.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-4. 

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Former Exeter City schoolboy Jay Stansfield. Stansfield has been in brilliant form for Fulham’s under 18 side this season, and he has netted an extremely impressive 18 goals in 11 league matches so far this campaign. Apart from being a very good finisher, Stansfield also has very good off the ball movement.

Spurs under 18’s 4-3 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-3 Leicester City: (match report)

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Our under 18’s took on Leicester City on Saturday morning at the ‘ Foxes ‘ Belvoir Drive training ground in what was Spurs’ last competitive game of 2019. Matt Taylor’s side came on top in a thrilling encounter in the Midlands, as Spurs fought back from being 3-1 down to win 4-3 courtesy of goals from Kion Etete, Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett and Max Robson. Spurs showed great spirit in the second half to fight back against a strong Leicester side however, it was a close game. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Thimothee Lo-Tutala started in goal. A back four consisting of Kallum Cesay, Dermi Lusala, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Max Robson anchored the midfield while Tarrelle Whittaker and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Kion Etete returned from injury to lead the line for Spurs. 

Spurs got the game underway on a very chilly morning at Belvoir Drive however, it was Leicester who managed the first goal attempt of the game after Terel Pennant blasted an effort over Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s crossbar from long range. A couple of minutes later Pennant cut inside from the left flank before smashing the ball against Lo-Tutala’s left hand post, the ball bounced into the path of Leicester’s Kian Pennant who tapped home, but he was ruled offside. There was a good early tempo to the game as both sides started the match with attacking intent. Tarrelle Whittaker had a shot blocked by Dennis Gyamfi before then curling an effort just wide of Oliver Bosworth’s goal. Kion Etete then met Harvey White’s lofted pass before heading the ball wide of Bosworth’s goal, before Leicester had a penalty appeal waived away after Kallum Cesay made a challenge on Terel Pennant inside the Spurs penalty area.

Tarrelle Whittaker then saw his cut back take a slight deflection off of Leicester’s Tom Sams before going just wide of the goal. Harvey White’s corner kick was met by Dennis Cirkin who saw his powerful header tipped over the crossbar by Leicester goalkeeper Oliver Bosworth. Dennis Cirkin then saw his promising low cross cleared away by Sams. Leicester broke forward as Terel Pennant passed the ball to Tawansa Jethro Maswanhise on the edge of the Spurs box however, he dragged his shot just wide of Lo-Tutala’s goal courtesy of a deflection off of Dermi Lusala and the game continued to be an even one. After receiving Rafferty Pedder’s pass out on the left flank J’Neil Bennett whipped the ball dangerously across the face of Oliver Bosworth’s goal. A couple of minutes later Cirkin passed the ball to Etete inside the Leicester box but he shot wide of Bosworth’s goal. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Kasey McAteer before Max Robson cleared away Liam Loughlin’s corner kick at the other end of the pitch. A couple of minutes later and after bursting forward down the left wing Terel Pennant shot wide of Lo-Tutala’s goal.

Leicester took the lead in the 33rd minute of the game after Dennis Gyamfi latched onto goalkeeper Oliver Bosworth’s pass before giving the ball to Tawansa Jethro Maswanhise down the right wing. Maswanhise squared the ball for Liam Loughlin who tapped the ball past Lo-Tutala and into the back of the net, 0-1. Tarrelle Whittaker responded for Spurs by having a shot on goal blocked by Loughlin before Spurs drew level through Kion Etete. After receiving Kallum Cesay’s pass out on the right wing Max Robson passed the ball to Kion Etete who had his back to goal inside the Leicester box. Etete sharply turned around before firing the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Bosworth’s goal, 1-1. After receiving Terel Pennant’s pass down the left wing the overlapping Bailey Aisthorpe’s cross was tapped home by Kian Pennant as Leicester instantly regained the lead, 1-2. Spurs attempted to respond again. Harvey White’s hopeful cross was gathered by Oliver Bosworth before Dennis Gyamfi burst forward down the right flank before passing the ball to Tawansa Jethro Maswanhise inside the Spurs box however, Lusala blocked his shot on goal well. 

Harvey White then cleared away Maswanhise’s corner kick before Rafferty Pedder’s effort from distance was saved by Oliver Bosworth. Shortly before half time Kallum Cesay conceded a penalty after deeming to have fouled Maswanhise inside the Spurs box. Sidnei Tavares stood up before slotting the ball straight down the middle of the goal to make it 3-1 to the home side. The referee sounded his whistle for half time a couple of moments later. Spurs made a change at half time as Matt Taylor brought on Enock Asante who replaced Tarrelle Whittaker out on the right flank. Leicester got the second half underway and shortly after the restart Harvey White had a free kick cleared away by Tom Sams, before Lo-Tutala gathered Terel Pennant’s corner kick. Enock Asante had a good cross gathered by Oliver Bosworth before Dennis Gyamfi nodded over Tawansa Jethro Maswanhise’s cross. A couple of minutes later and after latching onto Bailey Aisthorpe’s pass Kian Pennant thumped the ball against Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s left hand post. Harvey White then drove a free kick wide of the Leicester goal.

Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card for committing a foul before Thimothee Lo-Tutala managed to save Terel Pennant’s curling effort on goal. Kian Pennant then came inside Dermi Lusala in the Spurs box before shooting wide of the goal befor Max Robson was shown a yellow card. Luis Binks cleared Liam Loughlin’s free kick before Dennis Cirkin headed over Harvey White’s free kick. Loughlin then blocked Harvey White’s effort from long range. Thimothee Lo-Tutala saved Liam Loughlin’s effort from distance before Kian Pennant shot an effort wide from range. Dennis Cirkin volleyed a speculative effort wide of the Leicester goal from range. Spurs pulled a goal back on 69 minutes through Max Robson. After receiving J’Neil Bennett’s pass Dennis Cirkin gave the ball to Max Robson on the edge of the Leicester penalty area and the Tottenham midfielder calmly fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Oliver Bosworth’s goal, 2-3. Less than four minutes later Spurs drew level after Dennis Cirkin volleyed home Harvey White’s corner kick from close range, 3-3.

Thimothee Lo-Tutala managed to gather Bailey Aisthorpe’s cross before Spurs attacked the Leicester defence. The young Lilywhites then made it 4-3 after Enock Asante’s cross from the right wing fell to J’Neil Bennett who smashed the ball past Oliver Bosworth at his far post. After Harvey White had whipped a free kick into the Leicester box Luis Binks latched onto the ball. The tall central defender passed the ball to J’Neil Bennett whose effort on goal was well saved by Oliver Bosworth. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Harvey Godsmark-Ford before Max Robson was shown a yellow card for making a foul on a Leicester player. Rafferty Pedder dragged a low effort wide from range before Aaron Skinner came onto replace midfielder Max Robson. Dennis Cirkin did well to clear Dempsey Arlott-John’s corner kick before Dennis Gyamfi headed over Terel Pennant’s corner kick a couple of moments later. Right winger Romaine Mundle came onto replace Enock Asante who inured his hamstring in stoppage time, before the referee brought a very exciting game of football to an end.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: The Tottenham goalkeeper made two saves in total (both of which were good) and he did a good job at talking the Spurs defenders through the game.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right back defended tenaciously however, he also went on several good bursts forward into Leicester’s half of the pitch. This was another good performance from the 17 year old. 
  • Dermi Lusala: Considering that he was playing out of position (at RCB) I thought that he did a good job for Spurs in central defence. Lusala made one really important block in the game, and he also made some timely interceptions and challenges. Lusala also brought the ball out well from the back. 
  • Luis Binks: Operating at LCB Binks put in yet another strong performance as he defended well and won the vast amount of his aerial duels.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The attacking left back put in a good performance at both ends of the pitch as he chipped in with a goal and an assist. Cirkin went on some good forward runs but he stayed deep when he needed to, and made some timely interceptions. Cirkin volleyed home his goal well from Harvey White’s corner kick.
  • Harvey White: The CDM had great vision for a pass (he chipped in with an assist) and he did a good job at breaking up play and recycling possession. White also kept good positioning and he worked very hard for the team throughout the match. 
  • Max Robson: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The 17 year old only played the first half of Saturday’s game. Whittaker went on some good bursts down the right flank and he was very direct in his play. 
  • Rafferty Pedder: This was a very good attacking performance from the second year scholar who put in one of his best performances of the season for Spurs. Pedder used the ball very intelligently and he went on several good jinking forward runs through the middle of the park. During the first half Pedder would release the ball quite quickly after receiving it however, during the second half he went on much longer more skilful runs which helped to really test and open up the Leicester defence, and he also showed very good strength on the ball.
  • J’Neil Bennett: After struggling to get on the ball much during the first half, Bennett really grew into Saturday’s game and he had a strong second half. The skilful left winger did well to score our decisive fourth goal of the game and he was also involved in another of our goals. Bennett also tracked back well after himself.
  • Kion Etete: The tall centre forward made his return from injury on Saturday and he put in a good shift for the team. Etete took his goal really well after turning sharply inside the Leicester box. However, it was the second year scholars work rate which impressed me most on the day. 
  • Enock Asante: Asante replaced Whittaker out on the right wing at half time and he went on some really good forward runs down the right flank. Asante’s hard work was rewarded when he got an assist.
  • Aaron Skinner: The defender came on for the end of the game and he slotted into central midfield. Skinner made a couple of decent challenges and he really got stuck in during his short time on the pitch. 
  • Romaine Mundle: N/A.

My man of the match: The impressive Max Robson. The central midfielder had a great influence on Saturday’s game against Leicester City, chipping in with a goal and an assist Robson pressed the Leicester players very aggressively and he was always up in their faces. Furthermore the Haywards Heath born midfielder did a good job at linking play and the first year scholars movement was nice and sharp. Robson showed good vision to pick out Kion Etete for our first goal of the game and he also fired home his own goal nicely. The 17 year old also went on one excellent long run which ended in him performing a Marseille turn on Leicester defender Tom Sams. This was a very good all round performance from Robson, who has now been directly involved in ten goals in all competitions this season for Spurs.

Spurs: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Cirkin, White, Lusala, Binks, Whittaker (Asante 56 (Mundle 90)), Robson (Skinner 85), Etete, Pedder, Bennett. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Carrington.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Tarrelle Whittaker – 6

Max Robson – 5

Chay Cooper – 4

Kion Etete –  4

Enock Asante – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Kallum Cesay – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Dane Scarlett – 1

Harvey White – 1

Assists

Chay Cooper – 5

Max Robson – 4

Tarrelle Whittaker – 3

Dermi Lusala –  3

Romaine Mundle – 3

Kion Etete – 2

Troy Parrott – 2

Rafferty Pedder – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Harvey White – 2

Enock Asante – 2

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Yago Santiago – 1

J’Neil Bennett – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

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Our under 18’s final game of 2019 is a league encounter with Leicester City on Saturday, at the ‘ Foxes ‘ Belvoir Drive training ground. Matt Taylor’s side will be looking to end the year on a high. They’ll also be looking to record their first league win since September. Leicester City occupy fifth spot in the Premier League South table after picking up 14 points from their opening ten league games. Trevor Peake has a squad of very talented young players and although the ‘ Foxes ‘ were knocked out of this seasons FA Youth Cup at the first time of asking, they will still be a tough side to beat on Saturday owing to their decent form in the league. Some of the Leicester players that the Spurs lads will have to be wary of, include forward and top scorer this campaign with three league goals Dempsey Arlott-John, commanding goalkeeper Oliver Bosworth and tricky Irish winger Shane Flynn. 

Last season Spurs beat Leicester by four goals to nil at Belvoir Drive before then going onto lose 4-3 to the ‘ Foxes ‘ on the final day of the league season. I have noticed from the last couple of seasons that Leicester like to play with a lot of width, similar to fellow Premier League South side Southampton who incidentally were the last team that Spurs beat in the league (back in September). This will be a tough game for Matt Taylor’s side however, they will be hoping to repeat last seasons excellent performance over the Midlands based club. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for this game. In other news our under 18’s will face Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after the ‘ Tics ‘ beat Croydon FC 8-1 on Tuesday night, that tie will be played next month.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Cirkin (c), Robson, Cesay, Cooper, Pedder, Bennett, Whittaker.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Kyezu, Santiago, Mundle, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Fagan-Walcott (serving the last of a three game ban), Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Nile John, Matthew Craig, Kion Etete. 

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Tricky Irishman Shane Flynn (formerly of Bray Wanderers) primarily operates out on the left wing. Flynn put in a very good performance against Spurs in this fixture last season, going on many impressive jinking runs down the right flank. 

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s take on the PL2’s basement club Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s side have won their last two league games against both Everton and Liverpool respectively. Spurs are only six points of top place Chelsea in division one and their hopes of winning the PL2 are still very much alive. Manchester City on the other hand have very much struggled for form this season, picking up only nine points from 12 league games. Paul Harsley’s side who sit in 12th place in division one, still have a number of very talented young players in their development side. Skilful Dutch winger Jayden Braaf is one, and another two are attacking players Ben Knight and Ian Poveda. Another player worth mentioning is Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu (17) and midfielder and Man City captain Tommy Doyle.

Spurs defeated Manchester City very comfortably in the reverse fixture back in August and their passing game proved to be too much for the Lancashire based club on the day. On Sunday afternoon Spurs will be looking for a repeat of that excellent early season performance, and if our last two games are anything to go by then you would have to fancy our chances of making it three wins in a row. This promises to be a really interesting game of football that’s why it’s extremely disappointing that the ‘ Sky Blues ‘ have decided to make this game behind closed doors, with no exception being made to even the parents of the players. Hence I shall not be reporting on the game however, I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck!

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Binks, Hinds, White, Oakley-Boothe, Markanday, Shashoua, Patterson, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Robson, Bennett.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Fagan-Walcott.

Doubtful: Kion Etete, Jamie Bowden, Jeremie Mukendi.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: The ‘ Sky Blues ‘ 17 year old Dutch winger Jayden Braaf who has netted five goals from ten appearances in the PL2 so far this season. 

Spurs under 19’s 0-3 Bayern Munich: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 0-3 Bayern Munich: (match report)

Our under 19’s took on Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday afternoon in their final UEFA Youth League group stage game. Ryan Mason’s Spurs side needed to better Crvena zvevda’s result against Olympiacos to qualify for the play off round of the competition. Unfortunately Spurs bowed out of the prestigious competition after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at their training campus. Spurs were dominated for large periods of yesterday’s game and they could have few complaints at being knocked out of the competition. Bayern Munich netted one goal in the first half and two more in the second half. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2–3-1 formation as Josh Oluwayemi started in goal. A back four made up of Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin sat in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Harvey White. Rodel Richards operated up front for Spurs.

Spurs got Wednesday’s game underway and it took the game a while to get going. Dilan Markanday had an early cross cleared away by Flavius Daniliuc before Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared away Flavius Daniliuc’s cross. Bayern Munich took the lead in the 20th minute of the game through none other than Daniliuc. The Austrian defender met Taylor Booth’s corner kick before nodding the ball goal bound. His effort deflected off of Luis Binks before nestling in the left hand corner of the goal, 0-1. Harvey White cleared away Taylor Booth’s free kick as Spurs struggled to break Bayern Munich down. Jamie Bowden’s corner kick was cleared away by Daniliuc before J’Neil Bennett curled an effort wide on the edge of the Bayern Munich box after receiving Dilan Markanday’s pass. A good Spurs move a couple of minutes later saw Cirkin pass the ball to Bowden who gave it to Markanday down the left side of the Bayern Munich box, but his whipped effort looped wide of the goal. Luis Binks was shown a yellow card for a strong challenge on Jamal Musiala before the referee sounded his whistle for half time.

Bayern Munich got the second half underway and they soon came close to doubling their lead after Jamal Musiala passed the ball to Taylor Booth inside the Spurs box. However, Booth’s powerful effort on goal was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Oluwayemi. Taylor Booth’s whipped free kick was headed home by Bright Arrey-Mbi on 51 minutes to double Bayern Munich’s advantage before Jamal Musiala had a shot blocked in the Spurs box by Luis Binks. J’Neil Bennett then had a shot blocked by Arrey-Mbi. After striding forward down the right hand side of the Spurs box Ryan Johansson forced a decent save out of Josh Oluwayemi from a tight angle. Benjamin Hoffman saw an effort deflect wide off Spurs’ Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Jamie Bowden injured himself after blocking Jamal Musiala’s shot. Oluwayemi then saved Taylor Booth’s effort from distance before the injured Jamie Bowden was replaced by Paris Maghoma. After Ryan Johansson passed the ball to Jahn Herrmann in the Spurs box the Bayern Munich substitute dragged an effort narrowly wide of Oluwayemi’s goal.

Maurizio Pochettino came onto replace Dilan Markanday on the right flank. Soon after coming on Pochettino’s good cross came to Bennett inside the Bayern Munich box however, his effort on the turn was blocked by Arrey-Mbi. J’Neil Bennett then nodded wide Dennis Cirkin’s cross before Paris Maghoma’s whipped cross was cleared behind by Arrey-Mbi before Pochettino could get to the ball. Luis Binks then headed wide Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s lofted pass before Bennett had an effort saved by Jakob Mayer down the left side of the Bayern Munich box. Angelo Stiller slotted home to make it 3-0 after receiving Malik Tillman’s pass in the Spurs box, 0-3. Max Robson came onto replace Rodel Richards before Marvin Cuni had an effort on goal tipped onto the post by the hand of Oluwayemi. Marqes Muir then came onto replace Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Malik Tillman fired an effort over Oluwayemi’s box. Tillman then nodded over Oliver Batista Meier’s cross before the referee brought the game to an end.

My man of the match: 18 year old goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi was in my opinion our best player on Wednesday afternoon. Oluwayemi made four saves on the day and he made a couple of good ones, most notable of which was the teenagers superb save to deny American Taylor Booth in the second half. Oluwayemi dealt well with crosses and his distribution was good on the day. 

Bayern Munich: Mayer, Waidner (Bruckner 67), Daniliuc (c), Arrey-Mbi, Hofmann, Booth (Stiller 67), Lawrence, Batista Meier, Musiala (Tillman 58), Johansson (Cuni 77), Halbich (Herrmann 58). Substitutes (not used): Schneller, Mihaljevic.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster, Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, Oakley-Boothe, Bowden (c) (Maghoma 62), White, Markanday (Pochettino 62), Richards (Robson 79), Bennett (Muir 85). Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Pedder.

Spurs under 19’s versus Bayern Munich: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Bayern Munich: (match preview)

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Our under 19’s will take on German side Bayern Munich on Wednesday afternoon in their final UEFA Youth League group stage game of this season. Ryan Mason’s side need to better Serbian side Crvena zvevda’s result against Olympiacos to progress to the play off round of the competition. That’s a tough ask for Spurs who face a big test at Bayern Munich’s training facility tomorrow afternoon (the game is live on BT Sport). The opposition, Bayern Munich sit at the top of group B and they have already comfortably qualified for the next round of the competition. Boasting a wealth of attacking talent, two of Bayern Munich most dangerous attacking players to look out for are attacking midfielder Malik Tillman (he has scored ten domestic goals this season) and physical Dutch centre Joshua Zirkzee. Meanwhile, Spurs will likely be without a number of their most important players on Wednesday due to possibly being part of the first team squad for their game (notably Troy Parrott). This will be a tough game for the lads however, I wish them all the very best of luck for it. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Eyoma, Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Bowden (c), Markanday, Robson, Maghoma, Richards.

Subs from: De Bie, Muir, Lusala, Oakley-Boothe, Pedder, Pochettino, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.

Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Kion Etete, Nile John, J’Neil Bennett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Bayern Munich’s 18 year old Dutch centre forward Joshua Zirkzee who has netted four goals from three appearances in this competition this season. Zirkzee impressed in the reverse fixture at Hotspur Way.