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Fine start in France

Posted on 15 May 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 Academy have made an impressive start to the Angers International Youth Tournament in Nantes, France.

They beat Cannes and African outfit Bamako on Saturday to leave them well placed to qualify for the knockout stages with one more group match to go against Fiorentina on Sunday.

Radwan Hamed (pictured left), Jamie O'Hara and Andy Barcham have all scored in both games with Kieran McKenna also on target.

"We're delighted with the boys and it's in our hands to qualify on Sunday," reported coach Pat Holland from Angers on Saturday night.

Matches are played over two halves of 25 minutes with four points for a win, two for a draw and one for a defeat.

Here are the reports...

Spurs 3-2 Cannes

A fantastic late volley from Andy Barcham secured a win in the first group game.

The in-form striker and Academy top scorer last season struck home Jamie O'Hara's cross with four minutes left.

Pat gave us the rundown. "We took the lead early on when play broke down in midfield, Radwan Hamed picked up the ball, travelled 20 yards and slotted it into the corner.

"Cannes equalised after about 18 minutes but we went ahead again when Jamie O'Hara (pictured right) tried his luck from a free-kick 25 yards out and it slipped under the keeper.

"It stayed 2-1 at half-time but Cannes came out well in the second half a made it 2-2 from a very, very disputed penalty. Tommy Forecast was unlucky, he got his hand to it but it went in off the post.

"We were under pressure but the lads had the heart for the fight and stuck in there.

"We made a change with Chris Riley coming on at right-back for Richard Heller and Kieran McKenna pushing infield and we got the winner with four minutes to go, Andy Barcham volleying in Jamie's cross."

Spurs: Forecast, McKenna, Daniels, Maghoma, Mills, Lee, Lewis, Hamed, Barcham, O'Hara, Heller (Riley, 40). Unused subs: Button, Kyriacou, Peprah, Lake.

Spurs 4, Bamako 2

Pat Holland rang the changes for the second group game and was delighted with how the lads responded to going a goal down.

Radwan Hamed, Andy Barcham (pictured left) and Jamie O'Hara all struck again with Kieran McKenna sealing the win with a fine fourth goal.

Here is Pat's report. "We wanted to give everyone a chance because it's great experience for all the boys.

"But we made a poor start, could have done better from a corner and although we cleared the first effort off the line, the lad followed in for 1-0 with about three minutes on the clock.

"We got back into it after 10 minutes when their keeper made a mistake and Radwan was there to finish from close range.

"We got on top then, Andy Barcham had a one-on-one chance saved and the keeper did well to keep out Charlie Daniels as well.

"But we got our noses in front before half-time when Charlie went down the left and crossed it to the far post where Andy volleyed home.

"Unfortunately we started the second half by giving away a needless penalty that they scored for 2-2 but we hit back after about 35 minutes when Andy was brought down in the box and Jamie O'Hara slotted the penalty.

"We made a couple of changes with 10 minutes left - Lee Mills came on for Nathan Peprah and Greg Lake for Richard Heller with Charlie pushing up front.

"We did well after that and sealed it when Andy broke down right and picked out Kieran McKenna's (pictured right) late run and he hit it clean on the volley for 4-2, a great goal."

Spurs: Button, Riley, Kyriacou, Lee, Peprah (Mills, 40), McKenna, Maghoma, O'Hara, Daniels, Hamed (Lake, 40), Barcham. Unused: Forecast, Heller, Lewis.