It is not an age group that gets publised often due to child protection rules but I heard that Spurs completed in the Rotterdam Cup over the Easter weekend. They did not do well. In a group of six they lost four and drew one to finish bottom. In the play-off games with the other bottom clubs they won both games to finish 21st of 24 teams.
Spurs went to Milton Keynes on the 26th to play a showcase game at Stadium MK which saw them win 3-2. They conceded goals at the beginning of each half(30seconds of the second half) but grew into the game to finish well on top. Dorrington got a touch to the goalbound effort from Watt to equalise in the first half. Following a raft of changes in the second half Haysman got the second equaliser when the keeper failed to hold a cross. The winner came from Mathurin turning in a centre from Torraj.
Team(4-1-4-1) – McGuire(Hayton 46), Watt, Dorrington, Okoh,Turner(Hudson 61), Abdul-Salam(Piesold 46), Cassanova, Haysman(McKnight 61), Bloxham(Donley 82), Mathurin(Abdul-Salam 82), Donley(Torraj 53),
Scorers – Dorrington 23, Haysman 61, Mathurin 72
Spurs also sent a squad to play in the Future Cup in Amsterdam over Easter which included a number of Ipswich Town players as they did not have enough academy players available(they only had one keeper in the squad). They began well beating Sagan Tosu from Japan 3-0 with goals from Whittaker, Curtis and a penalty by Cirkin. Unfortunately they lost the other two group games 1-0 to Juventus and Ajax(the eventual finalists). In the placement game they drew with Boca Juniors 1-1 having taken the lead through Lusala. They lost 5-4 in the penalty shoot out to finish sixth out of eight.
Squad – Lo Tutala(GK), Wyss(IT), Lusala, Cirkin, Muir, Walcott, Baggott(IT), Craig, Cesay, Pedder, Craig, Mundle, Kyezu, Robson, Whittaker, Oppong(IT), Curtis(IT), Carrington-Alberdi
Scorers – Whittaker, Curtis, Cirkin, Lusala
Spurs began the month with a trip to leaders Arsenal on the 2nd. It turned out to be a typical derby with goals, 6 booking(5 for Arsenal) a sending off, and a penalty. Unbeaten Spurs dominated the game early and took a two goal lead when Maghoma opened the scoring finishing a fine run by Markanday. Bennett had a goal disallowed and White hit the bar before Spurs won a penalty for a foul on Bennett which White converted. A melee in the Spurs box just before halftime saw Binks sent off which handed the advantage to the hosts. In the second half. Spurs held out until the last five minutes when the gunners scored three goals to take the match and open a gap at the top of the table.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Okedina(Pochettino 88), Walcott, Binks, Statham, Lyons-Foster, Markanday, White, Shashoua(C)(Patterson 71), Maghoma, Bennett(Clarke 79)
Unused Subs – Kurylowicz, Thorpe
Scorers – Maghoma 6, White 34
Booked – Okedina 60
Sent off Binks 40
Spurs travelled to Aston Villa on the 6th. Needing a win to keep their title hopes alive. Playing a weaken team due to academy rules they did have Patterson and Parrott returning from long term injuries, They began well taking a two goal lead with Parrott scoring early finishing off a one two with Thorpe. Parrott also scored the second from the penalty spot after Cooper was bundled over in the area. Villa pulled a goal back in the second half when they were awarded their own penalty but Pochettino was found by Cooper in space on the right to hit a third. That should have been it but Villa pulled another back from a corner to keep them in it. Spurs saw out the game but have to hope that Arsenal drop points in their last game.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Clarke, Okedina, Lyons-Foster(C), Statham, Patterson(Craig 76), Pochettino, Markanday(Pedder 78), Cooper, Parrott(Whittaker 60)
Unused Sub – Kurylowicz, Muir
Scorers – Parrott 5, pen.35, Pochettino 56
Booked – Pochettino 45
Spurs went to Chelsea on the 10th. They needed a win and they got it coming away with a 2-0 win. In an open if scrappy game Spurs took the lead when Markanday played in Parrott to score early. Parrott added the second from a free kick in the second half for a foul on Markanday. As Spurs controlled the game they lost Lusala to a red card as the last man to give Chelsea ten minutes against ten men but failed to make it count. Spurs remain a point behind the leaders going into the last round of games.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Lusala, Okedina, Lyons-Foster, Statham, Shashoua(C), Pochettino(Cooper 77), Bowden(Clarke 70), Markanday, Patterson(Thorpe 90)
Unused Subs – Kurylowicz, Pedder
Scorer – Parrott 15, 62
Sent Off – Lusala 80
Spurs’ last game of the month was on the 27th when Leicester City were the visitors. Spurs began well taking a 3-1 lead in the first half. The returning Richards got the first from a Clarke cross. Bennett turned home an effort by Walcott that had been blocked. Walcott then gave away a penalty chasing back before Richards got his second when Patterson's forward pass was played though by Maghoma for Richards to round the keeper. The second half saw Leicester pull one back before Kurylowicz conceded a second penalty in a one on one. Despite hitting the woodwork twice through Richards and Patterson the foxes got the winner from a cross with 20 minutes to go and held out to be only the second team to beat Spurs all season. The halftime score stirred the gooners to hit three goals late in their game at Fulham to take the Southern League tittle(Spurs were top at halftime it was so close).
Team(4-1-4-1) – Kurylowicz, Okedina, Walcott, Binks, Statham(Cirkin 65),
Shashoua(C), Clarke(Thorpe 83), Patterson, Maghoma, Bennett,,
Unused Sub. - Lo Tutala,
Scorers – Richards 13, 38, Bennett 21
Booked – Binks 88
Spurs finished second 4 points behind winners Arsenal having had a marvelous season. Both teams lost only twice(once to each other), but Spurs had two draws. If there was a deciding point it would be the loss to the gooners at the beginning of the month. From what I have heard the U-16's, who play at the same time as the U-18's also had a good season but due to lack of information I do not know how their season finished.
Spurs began the month with a home game against Blackburn Rovers at Stevenage on the 8th. This was a relegation battle as either side along with West Ham could be relgated. It was a disapointing game for Spurs who were well beaten by Rovers 3-0 with hardly any attempts on goal. They began well but were behind after only 3 minutes and then two down inside 15 to a penalty. Blackburn wrapped it up in the second half with the third, They had more desire to win picking up four booking as they pressed Spurs in all areas of the pitch to stop Spurs passing game.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds, Dinzeyi, Marsh(C), Cirkin(Lyons-Foster 75), White, Tracey(Parrott 76), Oakley-Boothe(Markanday 76), Maghoma, Bennett, Roles
Unused Subs – De Bie, Duncan
Booked – Roles 63
Spurs’ second game of the month was a trip to Swansea City on the 15th. A young Spurs side more than matched the more experienced welsh side to win 2-1 in the bottom of the table clash with Parrott scored both goals one in each half with Swansea equalising at the end of the first. Parrott scored from a free kick for a foul on Markanday in the first half and converted from Markanday's cross late in the second. Parrott and Markanday also hit posts. Roles came close to scoring from about 55 yards as Spurs are close to survival going into their last match.
Team(4-2-1-3) – Austin(C), Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga(C), White, Bowden, Marsh(Patterson 78), Roles(Shashoua 89), Markanday, Parrott, Tracey(Oakley-Boothe 70)
Unused Subs – De Bie, Dinzeyi
Scorer – Parrott 38, 80
Booked – Tracey 56, Parrott 69
Spurs’ last game of the season was played at Stevenage on the 29th. The visitors were Derby County who beat Spurs comfortably earlier in the season. Spurs began well in an end to end game taking an early lead when Roles finished a long ball by Bowden at the far post. After Derby equalised they got on top with Spurs rarely getting out of their own half. At the end of the half Hinds far post ball was headed in by Roles to go in at the break in the lead. Derby continued to press in the second half which saw Parrott go off on a stretcher and Spurs playing more on the break. Good work by Markanday played in Richards on the left who squared the ball for Roles to finish. Spurs held out for the result that keeps them in the top flight. West Ham join Swansea in Divison 2 while Wolves are promoted. The other team will be from play-offs next month. The hattrick by Jack Roles is what is known as a perfect hattrick as he scored with his left foot, right foot and his head. Last done by Shaq Coulthirst against Barcelona in the NextGen Series in 2012.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin, Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga(C), White, Bowden, Oakley-Boothe, Markanday(Cirkin 85), Roles, Tracey(Patterson 90+4), Parrott(Richards 75)
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Dinzeyi
Scorer – Roles 6, 45, 81
Booked – Tracey 65
Spurs finished the season in 9th place.
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