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KEY ACTION: ST PATS 0, SPURS 1

Posted on 12 July 2007  - 12:00

All the action from our pre-season friendly win against St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park, Dublin, on Thursday.

All the action from our pre-season friendly win against St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park, Dublin, on Thursday.

Younes Kaboul and Gareth Bale made their debuts while Didier Zokora, Michael Dawson and Lee Barnard all came back into the fold.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC 0, SPURS 1...THE KEY ACTION...

Full-time: St Patrick's 0, Spurs 1

88.19: SAVE - CLARKE. Best moment of second half, Ifil pinpoint cross met by firm header from Barnard six yards out but Clarke there to make point-blank save.

85.55: CHANCE - SPURS. Clever free-kick from O'Hara to square from right side of box Keane, failed to get hold of it and Clarke made comfortable save diving to his right.

85.02: Dawson forced to make fine headed clearance from Gibson's cross.

82.15: SUB - ST PATS. Haverty for Paisley.

80.36: SUB - SPURS. Ifil for Bale.

78.01: O'Hara's 30-yarder stung Clarke's fingertips, but keeper made comfortable save.

69mins: SUBS - ST PATS. M Foley and Murphy for Keane and Barker.

69mins: SUB - SPURS. Barnard for Bent.

68.20: SAVE - CLARKE. Maghoma kept possession well in bottom left corner, rolled back for Kaboul to drive low, taken by Clarke to his left.

67.30: CLOSE - SPURS. Keane looking for Bent again, this time Gibson slid in to make tackle but ball spun close to own goal before going wide for corner.

66.52: Keane picked up ball deep, looked for one-two with Bent but Murphy made fine tackle.

64.12: SAVE - CLARKE. Keane tried to thread pass through to Bent, ball fell into path of supporting Maghoma who hit crisp shot from 18 yards that Clarke palmed into air before gathering.

63mins: O'Hara progress through central midfield before blasting over the top from 25 yards.

59mins: SUB - S Quigley for injured C Foley.

57mins: SUB - SPURS. O'Hara for Murphy.

47.53: SAVE - CLARKE. Keane pass released Bent, looked to go around the keeper who managed to get a touch with outstretched arm, Paisley completed clearance.

46mins: CHANCE - SPURS. Keane spread wide to Malbranque, he cut into box from right but blazed over.

8.50pm: Second half kicks-off.

Half-time: SUBS - SPURS. Maghoma and Dawson for Taarabt and Gardner.

Half-time: SUBS - ST PATRICK'S. Clarke, Frost, Mulcahy, Foley and Guy for Ryan, Rogers, Maguire, Quigley and Kirby.

8.47pm: Teams on way back out.

Half-time: St Patrick's Athletic 0, Spurs 1

44.15: Kaboul pass into Malbranque, shot cannoned back off two defenders and cleared.

41.14: GOAL - SPURS. Murphy defence-splitting pass for Keane, left channel, slotted past Ryan into corner.
St Patrick's 0, Spurs 1

39.30: Bale curled free-kick from 20 yards to top-left corner, Ryan read it and took easily.

36.30: Keane shrugged off Murphy down the left, cut into box, saw that Bent couldn't lose his marker and therefore delayed cross and eventually tackled by Maguire.

35mins: OFF LINE - SPURS. Malbranque pass aiming for Bent, his dart across Ryan certainly deceived the keeper, Bent might have touched it, might not, needed Murphy to hack off the line.

34.11: Malbranque one-two with Keane, unleashed drive that Maguire blocked superbly.

30.45: Two wonderfully crisp passes from Zokora and then Murphy set up Keane, 20 yards out, went for chip but Ryan read it.

28.12: Taarabt on the move again, twisted and turned his way into the box, shot might have had pace taken off it by slight deflection and Ryan gathered easily.

25.55: CHANCE - SPURS. Taarabt rolled in perfectly-weighted pass to Bent, right side of box, Ryan out quickly to narrow angle, Bent stumbled slightly and could only poke the ball to Keane, he tried to turn Murphy who managed to nick ball away and chance went.

24mins: Decent build-up from St Pats, Keane clipped pass into Barker who chested down for Quigley to volley, ball deflected off Kaboul for corner.

22mins: SAVE - RYAN. Malbranque initially looked to lift ball over the top for Bent, instead slipped to Keane who fed in Bent, only had space for touch and shot and drilled hard at Ryan who palmed out to his left.

19mins: SAVE - RYAN. Taarabt in space centrally, let fly from 20 yards, Ryan did well to turn tricky bouncing ball around the post.

18mins: Bent released Keane on half-way, he in turn fed in Taarabt, dallied a little and defenders able to clear.

15.44: Exchange between Bale and Taarabt saw Bale burst into the box, drilled in cross from byline that Ryan blocked at near post and ball cleared.

14.13: SAVE - RYAN. Murphy picked out Bent, left side of box, one touch and drilled in low shot but Ryan out quickly to narrow angle and blocked with legs.

13.15: SAVE - RYAN. Taarabt progress through the middle and rolled pass into Keane who spun Paisley and lashed shot in from 15 yards that Ryan saved well diving to his right.

11.40: Rogers clipped pass down the line to Quigley, decent cross needed Gardner to head clear.

9.59: Quick break from Zokora's header clear, Bent released supporting Taarabt who dribbled into the box, skipped around the last defender and cut back from the byline, pass cleared out to Bale who smashed high and wide as Gibson's tackle came in.

8.40: Murphy tried to pick Keane's run with lofted pass, difficult one to control and Ryan out to collect.

7.17: Taarabt trod on the ball, picked it up again and lashed a 25-yarder just over.

5.15: Bent looked set to meet Malbranque's inswinging corner but a flick off a defensive head took it slightly away from him.

1.21mins: Early shot from Malbranque blocked by Kirby on the edge of the box.

7.50pm: Kick-off.

7.44pm: Teams on their way out in front of a packed Richmond Park.

THE LINE-UPS...
St Patrick's Athletic: Ryan (Clarke, 46), Murphy, Rogers (Guy, 46), Paisley (Haverty, 83), Maguire (Frost, 46), Gibson, Brennan, Keane (M Foley, 69), M Quigley (C Foley, 46; S Quigley, 59), Barker (Murphy, 69), Kirby (Mulcahy, 46). Subs: Macek.

Spurs: Cerny, Rocha, Bale (Ifil, 82), Kaboul, Gardner (Dawson , 46), Taarabt (Maghoma, 46), Murphy (O'Hara, 57), Zokora, Malbranque, Bent (Barnard, 69), Keane. Subs: Robinson, Ifil, Daniels.