Spurs began the month with a home game against high riding Southampton on the 3rd. This was a disappointing game as the visitors defended in depth and closed down in midfield so well that Spurs hardly had a shot on goal in the first half. The Saints took the lead from a corner as they tested the Spurs defence on the break. Spurs managed to up the pace a little in the second getting an early penalty when Griffiths was fouled. Spurs leading scorer made no mistake from the spot but they failed to build on that goal drawing 1-1.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds, Statham, Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, Bowden, Richards(Clarke 79) P. Maghoma, Patterson, Lloyd-Bennett(Markanday 70), Griffiths
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, A. Shashoua, Okedina
Scorer – Griffiths pen.47
Spurs' second match of the month was to be a trip to Aston Villa on the 10th, but it was called off due to the FA Youth Cup so the visit of Reading on the 24th was the next game. Spurs ran out 4-0 winners as Reading came and defended for a point looking to counter. They held Spurs fairly well until Dinzeyi was sent off after two bookings for the same fouls in quick time. Reading tried to take advantage and opened up which proved fatal as Spurs even with ten men out played them. Griffiths played a one two to get behind the defence and open the scoring before the break. The second came when Griffiths was played through. Lloyd-Bennett fired in the third from just inside the area. Griffiths completed his second hat-trick in a week in the last minute tapping in Lloyd-Bennett's cross.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Clarke(Reynolds 46), Dinzeyi, Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Bowden, Markanday(P. Maghoma 55), A. Shashoua, Patterson(Richards 82), Lloyd-Bennett, Griffiths
Unused Sub. - Statham
Scorers – Griffiths 44, 64, 90+2, Lloyd-Bennett 83
Booked – Dinzeyi 32, 39, Lloyd-Bennett 68
Sent Off – Dinzeyi 39
Spurs ended the month in seventh place in the Southern League with games in hand.
Premier League Cup – Semi Final
Spurs had a home tie against north London rivals Arsenal. Spurs got off to a poor start conceding in the 3rdminute. In an open game Spurs took a while to settle with a lot of stoppages for injuries they equalised from a corner when Maghoma headed in at the far post. Spurs imposed their passing game on the visitors in the second half scoring three goals – all scored by Griffiths. The first was created by Lloyd-Bennett's skill on the left putting the ball onto his head. Markanday got round the back on the right and Griffiths had a tap in at the near post. Markanday had a shot blocked and Griffiths reacted quickest to complete his hattrick.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Skipp, Reynolds, Bowden, Richards(Markanday 75), P. Maghoma, Patterson(A. Shashoua 65), Lloyd-Bennett, Griffiths
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Statham
Scorers – Maghoma 19, Griffiths 50, 80, 90+3
Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final.
FA Youth Cup
Spurs entertained London rivals Chelsea on the 13th. at Stevenage. The west London side again proved our nemesis winning 2-0 with a goal in each half. They took the lead from a half-cleared cross in the first half. Spurs had a penalty shout near the end of the half when Griffiths was bundled over going for a Lloyd-Bennett cross. The Blues increased their lead early in the second after which Spurs put them under pressure. Eyoma had a header cleared off the line and their keeper had to make a string of saves from Maghoma, Patterson and Lloyd-Bennett.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Hinds, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, Skipp, Patterson, Oakley-Boothe(Markanday 75), P. Maghoma, Lloyd-Bennett(Oakley-Boothe 63), Griffiths(Richards 55)
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Statham
Spurs sent an U-17 squad to Qatar to play in the Alkass International Cup. They lost both group games to Kashiwa and PSG. They finished 9th of 12 by beating Guangzhou in the placement game.
Champions Youth League
Spurs played AS Monaco in the round of 16 at Stevenage on the 21st. It turned out to be a very close game that could have gone either way. The pitch was not in the best of conditions and both sides were strong defensively keeping the score down to 1-1. The visitors took the lead at the end of the first half with Spurs getting the equaliser five minutes into the second half. That goal came from Bennetts who made space to curl in from the left. Both sides hit the woodwork and Sterling had a cracker turned over. There was no extra time and the tie was settled by penalties. Shashoua hit the post with the first before Sterling, Maghomas and Skipp made it a 3-1 win. Austin saved one penalty and they hit the crossbar twice. The win sends Spurs into the quarter-final with another home tie against Porto next month.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds, Eyoma(C), Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, Skipp, Oakley-Boothe(Duncan 86), P. Maghoma, Roles(Shashoua 67), Bennetts, Sterling
Unused Subs. - De Bie, Brown, Griffiths, Marsh, Tanganga
Scorer – Bennetts 50
Booked – Roles 14
Spurs started the month with a home game against the league leaders Liverpool on the 5th at Stevenage. Both sides played open football which swung from end to end. Despite the reds having four first-team players in their attack Spurs held them and gradually took control having more possession. There was only one goal in the game and that went to Spurs when Roles fired in a Bennetts cross. Liverpool became more frustrated at not getting any reward for their play that two players were sent off. Lallana got a straight red and the other for two yellows. Spurs themselves picked up a few bookings because the game was so competitive.
Team(4-1-4-1) – O'Reilly, Eyoma, C. Maghoma, Dinzeyi(Skipp 78), Brown, Marsh(C), Tracey, Duncan(Oakley-Boothe 62), Roles, Bennetts, Sterling(S. Shashoua 84)
Unused Subs – De Bie, Pritchard
Scorer – Roles 55
Booked – Eyoma 37, Marsh 46, Brown 84, Roles 90+1
The second game was away to West Ham on the 12th. This was an open game played at pace which ended with honors even at 2-2. Spurs took an early lead when Bennetts played in Tracey before getting into the 6-yard box to finish his cross. West Ham equalised in similar fashion before Bennetts played a lovely ball inside the full back for Tracey to run onto and score. It looked like Spurs were going to get the win but the Hammers won a penalty to draw level. The game ended with both sides looking for a winner.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Pritchard, C. Maghoma(C), Dinzeyi, Brown, Marsh, Tracey(Clarke 90+3), Duncan(Tainio 82), Roles, Bennetts, Sterling
Unused Subs – Austin, Lock, Mukendi
Scorers – Bennetts 2, Tracey 25
Booked – Roles 90+2
The last game of the month was a trip to Swansea on the 16th. This produced the second 2-2 in a week for the youngsters who like the first team in Turin went 2-0 down early on. Swansea opened the scoring after 2 minutes with a lovely goal. The second came during a flurry of corners when they scored at the far post. Spurs pulled a goal back quickly when Tracey got down the right and was fouled in the area. Sterling made no mistake from the spot. Spurs began to get their passing game going and got the second before the break when Tracey again got down the right this time pulling the ball back for Sterling to finish well. Second half was more open and while Swansea hit a post they also collected four yellow cards as Spurs moved the ball too quickly for them.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Peitchard, C. Maghoma(C), Dinzeyi, Brown, Oakley-Boothe(Lock 81), Tracey, Roles, Bennetts, Georgiou(Duncan 60), Sterling
Unused Subs. - O'Reilly, Clarke
Scorer – Sterling pen.21, 45
Booked – Tracey 89
Spurs finished the month in tenth place in the league.
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