Tottenham Hotspur Youth Update - September 2013

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After a perfect start in August, September began with a defeat at White Hart Lane for the U-21s, but the U-18s continued their unbeaten streak throughout the month.

Under-18's

- The game scheduled for the 7th at Aston Villa's training ground was cancelled, and I only found out on friday evening. The game had been moved to allow Spurs to go to Florida for a youth tournament, so the first game in September was now the home game against Bolton Wanderers.

The visit of Bolton Wanderers to Hotspur Way came on the 14th. Despite the fact that Bolton had lost all of their previous games Spurs struggled to overcome them as they sat back and tackled hard to prevent players running pass them. The ref was fairly lenient on their physical nature but it didn’t have much of an impact in the end.

While not being about to make progress through the middle Oduwa and especially Sonupe on the right made great attacking runs down the flanks. Sonupe provided the cross for the opening goal scored by Winks. Bolton scored following a break down the left when McGee making a full length save could only push the ball out to a Bolton player.

Spurs scored the winner early in the second half when Sonupe provided the pull back for Miller to score. Both sides had more chances to score again but Spurs had the upper hand and finished deserved victors. They are second in the southern group to Fulham who have played a game more.

Team – McGee, Amos (Walkes), Walker-Peters, Lesniak (C), Maghoma, Ogilvie, Sonupe (Georgiou), Winks (Onomah), Akindayini, Miller, Oduwa

Unused – Harrison

Scorers – Winks 32, Miller 62

- The second game of the month saw Spurs travel to Stoke in a game that saw the return of Sonupe to the starting line-up. Spurs’ attacking play down the wings opened up the home side leading to a comfortable 4-0 win. Sonupe started the ball rolling when he got forward on a counter-attack through the left channel playing a one-two with Oduwa to score inside the six yard box.

Oduwa got the second with a dipping volley from outside the area that caught the keeper off his line. The game was made safe early in the second half when the ball was moved from the left wing to the right wing for Sonupe to get his second.

Sonupe was fouled driving into the area through the left channel late on and he took the penalty himself to complete his hat-trick, before having another effort turned onto the post before the end.

Team –McGee, Campbell-Young (Amos 63), Ogilvie, Winks (C), Carter-Vickers, Lesniak, Sonupe, Onomah (Goddard 63), Harrison (Georgiou 63), Miller, Oduwa

Unused –Maghoma

Scorers –Sonupe 6, 46, 58 pen, Oduwa 36

- The last saturday of the month saw the academy entertain Manchester City. Unfortunately due to a clash with Chelsea game at White Hart Lane I missed it. Reports on the official website show that we won 4-1 after conceding an early goal to the visitors. Their lead only lasted a minute before Sonupe won a penalty which he converted himself.

Spurs second also came from the penalty spot when Oduwa was fouled in the area. Oduwa took the kick himself to put Spurs in front for the first time.

Spurs increased their lead when Oduwa caught out the City defence by not allowing the ball to go out for a corner, instead back-heeling it to Miller who squared for Winks to finish. Spurs fourth came from Akindayini who netted from Georgiou's cross.

Team -McGee, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Lesniak (C), Carter-Vickers, Maghoma, Sonupe, Onomah (Akindayini 73), Miller, Winks (Pritchard 79), Oduwa (Georgiou 58)

Unused –Priestley

Scorers –Sonupe 4 pen, Oduwa 17 pen, Winks 28, Akindayini 78

- Spurs finished the month on top of the southern group followed by Chelsea who are only ahead of Fulham on goal difference.

Under-21's

- It looks like clubs are going to continue to use their training grounds for most of their home games with Spurs listing three games to be played at White Hart Lane in the near future. The first of the matches at The Lane was on the first monday of the month when Norwich City were the visitors.

Spurs lost the services of the older players due to it being an International week, and both Carroll and Falque departed on loans. The younger players looked a little star struck playing at the Lane and Norwich looked the stronger team as a result.

In a game of few chances, most of which were created by the visitors, they scored in each half and looked to be comfortable before Spurs staged a fighting finish that saw Holtby score his second goal in two games.

Team –Miles, A.McQueen, Ward (Gallifuoco), Veljkovic (C), Ball, Stewart, Dombaxe, Bentaleb, Coulthirst, Holtby, Dawkins (D.McQueen)

Unused – Vigouroux , Lameiras.

Scorer – Holtby 86

- During the International break a Spurs XI played a friendly match at Hotspur Way. The opposition was Ipswich Town. It was not an advertised match so I only found out after the event so wasn’t in attendance. Spurs won 3-2 thanks to a late winner from Kenneth McEvoy. The other goals were scored by Simon Dawkins, one of which was from the penalty spot.

- On the 16th Spurs traveled to the Pirelli Stadium to play Aston Villa with a small squad that included returning internationals Fryers, Kane and McEvoy. They started poorly in a change of formation from the usual 4-3-3. Kane was played behind the striker in his best position in a 4-2-1-3 line-up.

Villa were strong during the first half pushing Spurs back leaving Coulthirst isolated. They scored from a corner when Toner headed home at the near post. McEvoy produced some good runs and crosses in a period when Villa were pressing for a second. The second half was completely different as Kane found space between the lines to dictate the play.

His run into the area produced a penalty that he scored himself. From then on it was Spurs that did the pressing keeping Villa mainly in their own half. Villa's captain Johnson did hit the post after Spurs gave the ball away but then Dombaxe and Kane also hit the woodwork.

McEvoy was well into double figures with his crosses which were either well defended or wasted by our strikers. It was a case of two points dropped as opposed to one won at the end.

Team – Archer, A.McQueen (Coulthirst), Fryers, Dombaxe (Lameiras), Ball, Veljkovic, McEvoy, Bentaleb, Coulthirst (Lancaster), Kane, Dawkins

Unused – Vigouroux

Scorer –Kane 48 pen

Booked – Archer 43, McQueen 89

- With a gap to their next fixture a friendly was played at Hotspur Way on the 24th against Brighton. I was not there but we won 1-0, the goal coming from Bentaleb in the first half.

Team – Archer, Ward, Veljkovic, Ball (Gallifouco 66), Dombaxe (McEneff 61),  Bentaleb, McEvoy, Lameiras, Dawkins, D.McQueen (Coulthirst 52), Lancaster

Scorer – Bentaleb 16

- Next month Spurs play Liverpool away and Leicester at home. The game against Manchester United at White Hart Lane has been cancelled.

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