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High fives for U18s

Posted on 5 September 2009  - 12:00

Paul Jose Mpoku and Kudus Oyenuga fired our Under-18s to a fine 5-2 win against West Ham on Saturday.

High fives for U18s

Paul Jose Mpoku and Kudus Oyenuga fired our Under-18s to a fine 5-2 win against West Ham on Saturday.

Mpoku led the way with a superbly-taken hat-trick while Oyenuga finished two chances clinically to complete the scoring in the Premier Academy League fixture at Spurs Lodge.

The lads were in complete control for 80 minutes but had a minor wobble when Robert Hall and Ahmed Abdulla scored two goals in as many minutes to make it 4-2.

Jamie Butler also made a fine save but that spell was soon over as first Harry Kane won a penalty - it was saved by Peter Loveday - before setting up Oyenuga's second and our fifth with a sublime pass that the striker took around the keeper before slotting home.

Mpoku, playing in central midfield, set the tone by rifling home the opening goal after eight minutes after the visitors failed to clear Ryan Fredericks' cross.

The second goal was even better six minutes later as Mpoku smashed a full volley from 20 yards into the top corner.

Kane forced a fine save from Loveday and then set up the third goal, drilling in a pass to Oyenuga who turned inside Sergio Sanchez before finding the bottom corner.

Kane was involved again in the fourth goal, winning possession on half-way before releasing Mpoku, who strode forward 20 yards before hitting as clean a strike as you could wish to see into the corner for his hat-trick.

Kudus Oyenuga, Paul McBride, Chace O'Neill

Substitute Cameron Lancaster and Oyenuga forced fine saves from Loveday before Hall pulled a goal back for the visitors with just about their first effort of the second half, 79 minutes on the clock.

It was soon 4-2, however, when Sanchez nodded in from close range and it needed Butler at full stretch to tip over Hall's free-kick to prevent it going to 4-3 minutes later.

Anything less than a home win would have been a travesty, though, and play soon switched to the other end as Sanchez upended Kane for a penalty. Kane struck the spot kick well but Loveday read it and palmed away.

Undetered, Kane slotted the perfect pass through to Oyenuga in the 88th minute and the striker finished in style, dribbling past Loveday before rolling into an empty net.

Spurs U18s: Butler; Smith, Butcher (Durojaiye, 46), Byrne, Francis-Angol; Fredericks (Lancaster, 60), Mpoku (O'Neill, 71), Nicholson, McBride; Kane; Oyenuga. Unused subs: Ranieri, Blackwood.

Harry Kane shoots

Ryan Fredericks

Zaine Francis-Angol

Paul McBride, Harry Kane