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Defeat harsh on U19s

Posted on 3 September 2001  - 12:00

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Spurs U19s 0 Newcastle United 2

The fact that Pat Holland's boys lost Saturday's entertaining encounter at all was somewhat harsh - to lose 2-0 nothing short of a travesty.

They were denied time after time by visiting goalkeeper John Brain, went 1-0 down to a goal out of nothing and conceded a second in injury time after a defensive mix up.

Newcastle, coached by former England great Peter Beardsley, were neat and tidy and, as you would expect from a team with Beardsley in charge, kept the ball on the floor.

But they could have had no complaints if they were three or four down by the time Richard Offiong opened the scoring at the start of the second half.

Brain was the difference. He had already smoothered John Sutton's 50-50 opportunity when he produced a save out of the top drawer - somehow clawing Lee Barnard's powerful, downward header from Jimmy Lee's cross onto the post and to safety.

He then managed to go one better. Dean Marney unleashed a fierce free-kick from 30 yards which he parried at full stretch but he was back on his feet in time to block Barnard's follow up.

The impressive Barnard then lifted a tricky one-on-one chance over the bar and his team-mates were left scratching their heads as to how it was still goalless at the interval.

That scoreline didn't last long though - unfortunately a moment of magic from the visitors saw them grab the lead after 56 minutes.

Offiong had little on when he picked the ball up on the half-way line - five seconds later and he'd rolled the ball home after a diagonal dribble into the box.

With the excellent Mark Hughes driving the side on in midfield, it was no surprise to find Brain in the way of Sutton's snapshot just after the hour and after a couple of breakaway chances for Newcastle, Sutton and Stephen Kelly agonisingly saw efforts zip inches wide.

The sucker punch came in injury time as a moment of defensive carelessness allowed Michael Chopra to flick home the second goal.

Boss Pat insisted: "It was a good performance against a good side but, like in any game, if you fail to put your chances away you will get caught.

"It ended up a disappointing result but I cannot really fault the lads. It's a learning curve and we'll continue to progress."

Spurs U19s: Burch, Lee, Herron, Hughes, Bowditch, Kelly, Marney, Barnard, Sutton, Birok (Vedeux, 79), Galbraith (Thomas, 72). Unused: Henry, Jalal, Gardner.