Tottenham Hotspur Youth Update - August 2013

August was a good month for both the U-18 and U-21 teams as they started the season unbeaten, recording three wins each.

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Under-18's

  - The U-18's started with a 4-0 win at Hotspur Way over Middlesbrough on Saturday the 17th. Akindayini bagged a brace with Oduwa and an own goal completing the scoring. The team was made up mainly of last seasons U-16 squad who have now stepped up in to the academy. The two centre backs are still under 16. McGee and Ogilvie were the only regular U-18 players from last season although most of the players had filled in at some point during last year, most notably at the end of the season when the U-18's played two games on successive days.

Team – McGee, Walkes, Walker-Peters, Lesniak (C), Maghoma, Ogilvie, Sonupe (Amos), Onomah, Akindayini (Ross), Miller, Georgiou (Oduwa) Unused – Campbell-Young, Priestley Scorers - Akindayini 8, 22, Oduwa 71, O.G. 81     - The following Saturday they played Southampton away winning 2-0 in a tighter game. Spurs lost the impressive Sonupe for this game which showed with a lack of width. Both goals came in the first half from Oduwa and Akindayini. We controlled the second half without having to stretch ourselves too much, but still had to be wary of the Saints.

Team – McGee, Walker-Peters (Amos), Ogilvie, Lesniak (C), Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Goddard, Onomah (Walkes), Akindayini, Miller, Oduwa (Georgiou) Unused – Campbell-Young Scorers - Oduwa 30, Akindayini 45+1 Booked - Ogilvie 88     - The last Saturday of the month saw the academy travel to Blackburn for a match in which they went 3-0 down during the first half, eventually ending 3-5 to us as Harry Winks scored on his long awaited return from injury. Spurs scored four unanswered goals in the second half to maintain their 100% record. Miller, Oduwa also scored, with debutante Harrison adding a brace to complete a memorable first appearance at this level.

Team - McGee, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Lesniak (C), Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Miller, Winks (Georgiou), Akindayini (Harrison), Goddard (Amos), Oduwa Unused subs unknown.Scorers - Winks 45, Miller 46, Harrison pen.68, 90, Oduwa 81    

Under-21's

- The U-21 started with a game at Aldershot on the 9th where they played Chelsea. With a squad made up of last seasons U-18 and U-21 they won 4-2. Chelsea were awarded a penalty when their striker was too quick for Stewart which put them in front. Spurs' more experienced players began to move the ball quickly down the flanks providing crosses which led to mistakes in the home defence. Falque got two before Kane and Coulthirst made it four. A late flurry by Chelsea produced a deserved goal. The performance was marred by the sending off of Bentaleb for two yellows.

Team – Archer, Fredericks (C), A. McQueen (Ward), Gallifuoco, Ball, Stewart (Lameiras), Falque, Carroll, Coulthirst (D. McQueen), Kane, Bentaleb Unused – Miles, McEneff Scorers - Falque 30, 40, Kane 41, Coulthirst 56 Booked - Stewart 31, Ball 45+2, Bentaleb 79, 89(Red), Carroll 86     - The second game took place on the Monday afternoon of the 19th at Hotspur Way. The visitors were Manchester City who were crushed 6-3. Spurs cruised to a two goal lead with goals from Carroll after only two minutes and a Kane. City pulled one back with a solo effort from Lopes. Kane completed his hattrick in the second half and a goal from Falque made it 5-1. With Kane up front, Carroll controlling from the middle and Townsend down the flanks City had no answer until Spurs went three at the back and looked to see out the game. City responded by scoring two goals but Townsend finished the scoring at the death. There was also the return of Sandro from injury who did a lot to stop their midfield from fully functioning.

Team – Archer, A. McQueen (Coulthirst), Fryers, Bentaleb, Ball, Stewart, Falque, Sandro (Dombaxe), Kane, Carroll, Townsend Unused – Miles, Gallifuoco Scorers - Carroll 2, Kane 35, 52, 55, Falque 80, Coulthirst 90+2     - The third match was on friday 23rd at Upton Park. This game saw the return of Holtby in a Spurs shirt as the team rested players that played in Tbilisi the day before. Spurs started badly with the Hammers taking a two goal lead into the break. The home side tried to sit on that lead in the second half defending on the eighteen yard line. Dawkins forced a way through to score and Holtby hit a 25yd rocket before Lameiras set up Coulthirst for the winner with a chip over his shoulder on the edge of the area.

Team – Vigouroux, A. McQueen, Stewart, Veljkovic, Ball, Fryers (Lameiras), Coulthirst, Dombaxe, Lancaster (D. McQueen), Holtby (McEvoy), Dawkins Unused – Miles Scorers- Dawkins 56, Holtby 66, Coulthirst 86

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