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Mixed fortunes for Academy

Posted on 18 January 2001  - 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).



Spurs 2-5 Fulham

The under-19s suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday at Spurs Lodge after a promising first half performance.

The side was missing key players Ben Bowditch and John Jackson, who are on England duty, but new recruit Steven Ferguson made his debut for the academy.

Youth coach Michael Stone explained: "We were 2-1 up at half-time and looking quite comfortable. Then there were two goals within three minutes of the second half and we were 3-2 down.

"The goalkeeper made and error and then there was a back-pass which got intercepted — so there were two really sloppy goals. They were gifted to them and our heads went down and we didn’t really get back in it.

"We missed the internationals who are away with England, Bowditch and Jackson.

Spurs’ goals were scored by Ferguson and Stephen Kelly (pictured). Stone gave this assessment of the new boy: "Impressed with him, he had a good match and worked hard. He is an intelligent player and scored a nice goal."

Spurs U19s: Attwell, Makumbu, Herron (Lacy 65), Kelly, Quilter, Fortune, Snee (Di Giuliantonio 80), Partin, Barnard (Kamanan 76), Ferguson, Burke. Unused subs: Adams, Vedeux.


Watford 2-4 Spurs

The under-17s stung the Hornets in the last 30 minutes.

With under-16 players Rakesh Dhal, Dean Newman and Ben Eaton making their competitve debuts at this level, we made a storming start when Dean Galbraith let fly from 30 yards.

But Watford hit back to level from a corner after 22 minutes and take the lead when we were caught pushing up defensively two minutes after the break.

That provided the shock we needed and we dominated from there. Jimmy Lee slotted in at the far post to level and Nicky Wetner tapped in from close range to put us ahead. The same played then sealed it with a fine fourth goal, holding off the last defender before shooting home.

Boss Jimmy Neighbour said: "We made hard work of it but we totally dominated the last half-hour. We deserved the win." The under-17s remain second in the league.

Spurs U17s: Burch, Lee, Dhal (Gardner 78), Henry, O'Donoghue, Galbraith, Hughes, Marney, Thomas, Newman (Wetner 73), Eaton (Noto 71).