The month started with another Youth Cup game, this being the first leg of the semi-final held at White Hart Lane. The visitors were Chelsea who were arguably the best team money could buy in England. Both clubs put out strong sides which cancelled each other out as there were few shots on target thanks to strong defences. Spurs had the luck on the day as in the first half the ball fell kindly for Onomah when Chelsea blocked on the edge of their area. The Spurs captain slotted home put his side 1-0 up. Chelsea almost equalised before half time but for a timely interception by Walker-Peters. The visitors pushed for a goal in the second half which left them light at the back. Glover had to make a couple of good saves before a Walkes tackle saw the ball run to Harrison. He played in Sterling on the left to get a run on goal and to beat the keeper with a low drive. It ended 2-0 to Spurs.
Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Carter_Vickers, Walkes,
Amos, Owens(Sterling 57), Onomah, Stylianides, Harrison,
Unused Subs – Whiteman, Muscatt, Daly
Scorers – Onomah 40, Sterling 83
Booked – Amos 75
Unfortunately, Chelsea went on to win the second leg 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.
The 7th saw Spurs win their last game of the first phase 2-0 at home to Leicester. Spurs fielded a young side with fringe players who struggled against determined opposition which saw them have a player sent off. After Glover saved a penalty early in the second half they got better. Loft scored from their own penalty won by new boy Tsaroulla before Paul got the second right at the death.
Glover, Paul, Tanganga, Brown, Muscatt, Hayford(Tsaroulla 61),
Ross, Edwards, Daly(Duncan 73), Loft, Sterling(Bennetts 67)
Unused Subs – Whiteman, Walkes.
Scorer – Loft pen.79, Paul 90+1
Booked – Brown 80, Tanganga 89
Spurs finished second behind Chelsea and are joined by Aston Villa and West Brom in the play-offs. They join Middlesborough, Everton and both Manchester clubs who they play once to find the U-18 champions of 2015.
The first game of the play-offs saw Spurs entertain Chelsea at Hotspur Way on the 14th. It turned out to be a very entertaining match played by two attacking sides at a fast pace. Unfortunately the visitors won 6-4. Spurs took the lead when Harrison finished off good work by Edwards. Chelsea scored twice from deadball situations before Harrison got a second having been setup by Goddard. Chelsea went in at half time in front with a third. Two goals from Harrison, the first a penalty after Edwards was fouled and the last, his fourth, from a through ball by Stylianides gave Spurs the lead again. After a Sterling goal was ruled out for offside Chelsea substitute Abraham hit a hat-trick to sink Spurs.
Voss, Paul, Maghoma, Walkes(C), Muscatt, Amos, Stylianides,
Goddard(Hayford 61), Edwards(Loft 81), Harrison,
Unused subs – Glover, Ross
Scorer – Harrison 6, 25, pen.49, 52
Booked – Amos 78
On the 18th Spurs played Chelsea in the second leg of the Youth Cup semi-final. They got off to a good start when Harrison increased their lead with a shot on the turn. Chelsea turned the game around in a 15 minute spell around half time; two goals in the last five minutes before and two inside the first ten after. The fourth scored direct from a free kick when Voss left his near post vacant. Spurs hit a post as they tried to respond but conceded a penalty for 5-1. Spurs scored from a penalty by Harrison to set up a tense final 15 minutes with Spurs going for the goal that would level up the game. Chelsea held out to win the game 5-2 and take the tie 5-4 on aggregate.
Voss, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Walkes,
Owens(Paul 67), Stylianides(Goddard 76), Onomah,
Harrison, Azzaoui(Sterling 76)
Unused Subs – Glover, Edwards
Scorers – Harrison 31, pen 82.
Booked – Harrison 83
Spurs travelled to Middlesborough on the 24th to play the Northern league winners with a young squad as the U-21s had a game on the monday. Stylianides joined Brown at the back as a makeshift pairing. It was not a good day as they conceded a goal in the first half and a further three in the last half hour of the match. They created few chances themselves and are bottom of the table.
Glover, Paul, Stylianides, Brown, Muscatt, Owens(Marsh 63),
Hayford(Duncan 68), Goddard, Bennetts, Loft, Azzaoui
Unused Sub. - Voss
Spurs finished the first phase as runner up to Chelsea but lost both of their opening play-off games.
The first game in a busy month was a home game against Everton on the 2nd of the month. Spurs had the same number of points as Everton but an inferior goal difference. Spurs got off to a perfect start when Coulthirst scored from a pass by Ward. Coulthirst started the move for the second, laying the ball off to McQueen who pulled it back for Miller to play in Ogilvie on the left to score with ease. Lameiras robbed the Everton centre back to put Coulthirst through on goal to beat the advancing keeper for number three. The fourth came from the penalty spot when Lameiras was tripped in the area. The player took the kick himself for Spurs to go in at halftime 4-0 up. Spurs controlled the second half to restrict Everton to just a few chances.. McEneff was hit in the stomach by one of the visitors subs who only got booked. I suppose because it was a forearm and not a punch.
McGee, McQueen, Khumalo(C), Lesniak, Ogilvie, McEneff,
Lameiras(Akindayini 67), Ward, Winks, Miller, Coulthirst
Unused Subs – Miles, Muscatt, Paul, Daly
Scorers – Coulthirst 5, 23, Ogilvie 19, Lameiras pen.32
Spurs travelled to Old Trafford on the 10th to play leaders United. In an open game of few chances, the match ended 1-1 with both goals coming from defensive errors. Spurs took the lead when McEvoy intercepted a poor pass to get into the area scoring past the keeper. The equaliser came from a poor throw out by McGee straight to Rafael who sent it over his head from 30 yards. Carter-Vickers headed against the crossbar early in the second half from a McEvoy ball following a free kick routine. United had two good chances in front of goal but a draw was a fair result.
McGee, Walker-Peters, Khumalo(C), Carter-Vickers, Ogilvie,
Onomah(Amos 72), Lesniak McEneff 86), Ward, McEvoy,
Coulthirst(Akindayini 79), Miller
Unused Subs – Miles, McQueen
Scorer – McEvoy 26
The third game of a busy month was a home game against Norwich at Hotspur Way on the 16th. Spurs fielded a young side who were no match for a physically strong Norwich. After two good results this was a let down as Norwich prevented Spurs' passing game. Norwich took an early lead scoring from a corner. An injury to McEneff meant a shake-up of the defence. In a game of few chances, most fell to the visitors. After Spurs went close twice in the second half, Norwich took control scoring a second also from a corner and had three or four good chances to increase their lead.
McGee, Yedlin(Daly 73), McQueen, Lesniak, Ogilvie, Winks,
McEneff(Paul 12), Miller, McEvoy, Akindayini, Ceballos(Loft 80)
Unused Sub. - Miles
Booked – Ceballos 17, McGee 80
Spurs travelled to Leicester on the 23rd. To play an improving foxes side packed with experience. Spurs lost a lot of players to International call-ups and had seven U-18 players in the squad. They started well but were pushed back as the game wore on. They fell behind early in the second half caught pushing forward and a second goal followed when caught by a quick counter attack from a Spurs free kick. The introduction of Azzaoui sparked an improvement with the belgian creating a goal for McEvoy. Leicester made sure of the points with a penalty in the last minute to run out 3-1 winners.
McGee, McQueen, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Ogilvie, Lesniak,
Walkes(Azzaoui 70), McEvoy, Miller(Goddard 81), Akindayini,
Unused Subs. - Miles, Loft
Scorer – McEvoy 74
Spurs finished the month in fifth place.
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