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Posted on 30 August 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our under-18 Academy side were defeated 2-1 by Manchester United at Spurs Lodge on Saturday after taking a first half lead through Radwan Hamed.

Coach Pat Holland takes up the story...

"It was an exciting game and nice to actually play against United. It is my second spell at the club and we haven't met them in any competition during that that time so to play them at our level was quite interesting.

"They came down and I thought we matched them. The first half really lent towards us, we started brightly, got behind them and got crosses in. The goal was a free-kick worked from our right hand side with Rad Hamed getting on the end of it - a good guided header inside the far post.

"Towards the end of the half we started to look a little bit tired and they got a bit of a grip in midfield. Half-time was important to recharge but what happened after it was unbelievable.

"At the kick-off the number nine encroached into our half, which is an illegal move and re-start. The ten who played the ball played it to himself and went on to run 20 yards with the ball. So there were two mistakes by the referee and we didn't see it until we looked at the video.

"From that they went around the edge of the box, there was a comedy of errors and they scored. Five minutes later we gave a penalty away and from 1-0 up in a good position we went 2-1 down.

"We had a bit of a lapse before we came again. We needed a break and you could say the outcome was a bit hard on the boys."

Team: Button, Kyriacou, Martin, Wells, Mills, Riley, Davis, Lewis, Hamed (Seanla 70), Maghoma, Dawkins (Heller 75).