Tottenham Hotspur Youth Update - December 2016

U-18 League

Spurs' only game of the month was away to Norwich City on the 3rd. After the 10-1 demolition of Stevenage in midweek Spurs made five changes to the starting line-up. Norwich took the lead which was cancelled out by Roles after good work by Reynolds and Griffiths the midfielder scored form the edge of the area. Norwich got two more goals either side of the break to lead 3-1. With ten minutes to go Griffiths headed Spurs second from a Marsh cross but could they not find an equaliser. After the final whistle Griffiths was shown two yellows by the ref and sent off.

Team(4-1-4-1) – Freeman, Hinds(Lock 76), Dinzeyi, Tangana, Eyoma, Marsh(C), Reynolds(Sterling 60), Skipp(Omolabi 76), Roles, Tsaroulla, Griffiths.

Unused Sub. - De Bie.

Scorer – Roles 27, Griffiths 80.

Sent off – Griffiths(2 yellows).

Spurs ended the month in fourth position.

UEFA Youth League

The last group match was at Hotspur Way against CSKA Moscow who had already won the group. While Spurs wanted to end a disappointing campaign with a win while the visitors were happy not to lose. Spurs had the better of the game but failed to score in a 0-0 game. CSKA won a penalty after 5 minutes but De Bie saved and Spurs got stronger as the game went on. Sterling had a goal disallowed in the second half as Spurs kept pushing.

Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie, Eyoma, Marsh(C), Tanganga, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Shashoua(Stylianides 85), Harrison, Duncan, Bennetts, Sterling.

Unused Subs. - Austin, Hinds, Dinzeyi, Reynolds, Griffiths, Roles.

Booked – Marsh 11, Walker-Peters 78.

Spurs finished bottom of the group.

Spurs took part in the IMG Cup for the fourth time which is held in Bradenton Florida. Spurs have always reached the final due to the low level of most of the teams in it. They do get to experience other styles of play. They played three group games and a final placement game against the correspondent team from the second group. The teams in their group were the US U-17 national side, Baltimore Armour and RGV Academy.

The first game was against the weakest team who came from Texas. RGV stands for Rio Grand Valley and fairly new set-up mainly Latinos who's coach Rafael Amaya played with Pochettino at Newell Old Boys. The game was an easy one for Spurs who ran out 7-0 winners. The first goal was a wicked cross from Shashoua that was turned in by a defender. That was followed by a hat trick from Roles. Two set up by Shashoua with Lock playing him in for his second. Tsaroulla was allowed to get down the left and into the area for the fifth before halftime. Rio Grand had a couple of chances at the start of the second half but after Spurs had a Griffiths goal ruled out they finished with two more. Sub Bennetts scored at the near post and was fouled for a penalty which Gonzalez scored from the spot.

The second game was against the Under Armour sponsored Baltimore. This was a completely different type of game as they played “american soccer”. Like their “football” it is a very physical pressing game that stopped Spurs normal passing game becoming a midfield battle with few chances. Spurs took the lead just before the break when Sterling scored at the near post after a break down the right. Early in the second half both teams were reduced to ten when Marsh held a Baltimore player who had got passed him The player punched him and he reacted by grabbing by the throat. With the extra space due to the sending off Spurs began to have more of the ball and able to run at the Baltimore defence. Oakley-Boothe hit the bar and from the resultant corner Spurs scored. Roles played a one two with Gonzalez before flighting the into the top far corner.

The last group game was a winner take all game against the US side who also had two wins. Spurs won that game comfortably 3-1 with the first goal from Duncan that was deflected over the keeper. Griffiths got the second when he was played through by Duncan. The third came from Sterling who had just come on and received the ball in the area. A sidestep and turn before firing into the far corner settled the match.

Spurs played Desportivo Toluca from Mexico in the final. It could have been a good game but as soon as the mexicans realised that Spurs were a threat they turned to spoiler tactics. Spurs took the lead when Roles played the ball in to Sterling who laid it off to Brown, playing as left midfield due to injuries, his first effort was blocked but reacted to quickly for the Toluca defence driving into the far corner. Sterling played in Roles for a chance that was saved. Towards the end of the half Toluca won a corner and pushed players forward. Austin released the ball down the right where Gonzales had a chance to break clear but he was knocked over with the ball still high in the air. The winger picked himself up and fouled the Toluca player in retaliation earning him a booking. Gonzalez was replaced at halftime as the spoiling by Toluca got worse and the yellow card count went up. At least nine cards were shown severn to Toluca which included two for one player. Spurs got a second goal when Sterling was able to run onto a throughball to slot passed the keeper. That made the game safe as Toluca failed to get a shot on target. It did not stop the spoiling but allowed Spurs to see out the game and lift the trophy.

Spurs' Squad – Austin, Lock, Hinds, Tsaroulla, Brown, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Eyoma, Marsh, Omolabi, Reynolds, Duncan, De Bie, Roles, Bennetts, Shashoua, Griffiths, Sterling, Gonzalez, Oakley-Boothe.

Scorers – Roles 4, Sterling 3, Bennetts, Brown, Duncan, Gonzalez, Griffiths, Tsaroulla and an own goal.

Premier League 2

Spurs' only game of the month was a home game against Derby County at Stevenage on the 12th. It was a six-pointer as both sides were at the bottom of the table. Spurs played 4-4-2 and over whelmed the visitors from the start. They scored twice both in the first half before Derby had a man sent off which put them in defensive mode. Wals got the first with a good run finishing with a shot that the keeper could not stop. The second was scored by Harrison turning in a cross from Loft. The red card was for two fouls on Ogilvie inside two minutes. Spurs hit the woodwork twice before the break and had a goal disallowed in the second half which saw the visitors keep Spurs mainly at a distance.

Team(4-4-2) – Lopez, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Walkes, Ogilvie, Pritchard(Goddard 72), Amos(C), Carroll, Stylianides(Muscatt 83), Loft(Oteh 89), Harrison.

Unused Subs. - Glover.

Scorers – Walker-Peters 11, Harrison 24.

Booked – Stylianides 36.

Spurs finished the month in tenth place.

Enjoyed this article? Hit the heart below!