Tottenham Hotspur Youth Update - August 2015

U-18 League

Spurs opened the season with a home game against Brighton on the 8th which was a good victory winning 5-1. Spurs opened the scoring when Loft robbed the keeper inside ten minutes. Stylianides got the second, heading in when Loft's effort was blocked. Owens hit a beautiful 25 yard drive for the third before the visitors got one back before the interval. Spurs kept the pressure up in the second half with a goal from Sterling before Shashoua rounded it off in the last minute with number five.

Team (4-2-3-1) – McDermott, Paul (Shashoua 66), Marsh (Oakly-Boothe 70), Muscatt, Owens, Stylianides, Daly, Edwards, Sterling, Loft(Hayford 60).

Unused Subs – Whiteman

Spurs second game was against West Ham away at on the 15th and came away with a 1-1 draw. The Hammers closed down and attacked on the break scoring first when Spurs failed to clear a cross and left the scorer unmarked. Spurs began to get their passing together and equalised when Hayford crossed for Sterling to score. Once West Ham changed the their two ball winners in midfield Spurs got stronger and looked most likely to get a winner.

Team(4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Paul, March, Brown, Muscatt, Owens, Stylianides, Edwards (Shashoua 66), Hayford (Loft 58), Bennetts (58), Sterling.

Unused subs – McDermott, Mukena

Goal Scorer – Sterling 38

Spurs third game was away to Southampton on the 22nd when they recorded a 3-1 win. The saints took an early lead but Spurs equalised when Shashoua played a one two with Stylianides before firing in. Loft capitalised on a mistake to put Spurs in front and after Mukena cleared off the line the striker got hid second in added time at the end of the half having been set up by Shashoua. Spurs weathered Southampton pressure in the second half before Muscatt had an effort pushed onto the bar near the end.

Team (4-2-3-1) – McDermott, Hayford (Paul 73), Mukena, Brown, Muscatt, Owens, Stylianides, Edwards(Bennetts 53), Shashoua, Daly(Oteh 68) Loft.

Unused sub – Whiteman

Goal Scorers – Shashoua 12, Loft 31, 45+2

Spurs finished August in second place in the table behind Leicester.

U-21 League

Spurs started the season with a 4-1 win over Everton at Hotspur Way on the 10th. Spurs wellcomed Alex Pritchard back from his injury and he responded with two goals in a 45 minute appearance. The first was dirct from a free kick and the second with a low drive six minutes later. After Everton scored Oduwa got a third less than a minute later to end the first half 3-1. Spurs looked to control the second half adding a fourth goal from Coulthirst near the end.

Team (4-1-4-1) – Lloris, Walker-Peters, Ball, Carter-Vickers, Ogilvie, Lesniak, Azzaoui (McEvoy 64), Harrison, Pritchard (Amos 46), Oduwa (Sonupe 64), Coulthirst.

Unused Subs – Voss, Maghoma

Scorers – Pritchard 20, 26, Oduwa 44, Coulthirst 89

Booked - Amos

On Friday 14th Spurs travelled to Manchester City for a repeat of the 3-3 draw a few months ago. Spurs started the ball rolling when McEvoy was played in by Goddard. Maghoma lost the ball which was crossed for the equaliser. They took the lead early in the second half but we soon drew level when Azzaoui had two goes before scoring. In the 90th minute Maghoma made up for his mistake by heading in a corner only for City to score in the last minute of added time.

Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Walkes, Veljkovic, Lesniak, McEvoy (Sonupe 42), Goddard (Amos 66), Azzaoui (Georgiou 78).

Unused Sub – Voss

Goal Scorers – McEvoy 6, Azzaoui 52, Maghoma 90

The third game of the month was away to Sunderland on the 23rd. The Spurs defence found themselves on two early bookings which upset their ability to get stuck in as strongly as the home side. They went a goal down early when they failed to clear their lines and give the scorer a second chance. Both sides attacked with pace but few clear chances arrived from good defending. As the game wore on Sunderland dropped off to defend their lead but Spurs could not capitalise on their terratorial advantage.

Team (4-2-3-1) – McGee, Walker-Peters, Veljkovic, Carter-Vickers (Maghoma 76), Walkes (Georgiou 46), Lesniak, Winks, Sonupe (Goddard 67), Pritchard, Onnmah, Harrison.

Unused Sub. - Voss, Amos

Booked – Carter-Vickers 3, Walker-Peters 15

They end the month in fourth place of Division one.

Premier League U-21 International Cup

New this season the U-21 development squad are taking part in the Premier League U-21 International Cup. Spurs are in Group B with Everton, FC Schalke and Porto. The play each team once either home or away and top two go through to the knock out stage. Spurs played their first game away to Everton on the last day of the month. Spurs lost 4-1 at Goodison Park having to make a load of changes to the team that won the League game and suffered because of it. Everton took an early lead from the penalty spot and added a second at the end of the half. Three goals followed in the opening eight minutes of the second. Two for the home side and a reply from Maghoma heading home from a corner. Spurs pushed for another but only managed to hit the post from Owens effort at the end.

Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Lesniak, Maghoma, Georgiou, Winks (Walkes 55), Amos (Stylianides 55), Sonupe, Goddard (Owens 67), Onomah, Harrison.

Unused Sub – Voss

Scorer – Maghoma 53