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Under-17 joy

Posted on 29 March 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).

Our under-17 team have reached the play-off stage of the FA Premier Academy League after securing a credit worthy second spot in the final League placings.

This pool of youngsters have attracted much praise this season and finished the League games with a flourish, beating QPR 4-0.

The side led by a single goal at the break, having enjoyed a lot of possession, but failed to convert a couple of really good opportunities.

The second period saw the promising crop put the result beyond doubt and, in the process, putting paid to any hopes Coventry had of stealing second place.

Walter Thomas capitalised on a mistake by a defender playing a square pass, picking it up and converting to the top corner.

John Sutton added to the goal tally after being fouled in the area and successfully taking the penalty himslef. Jamie Slabber completed the scoring, applying a cool finish to a fine cross from Mario.

The team now enters into a group of four where they will meet one other team from our current group and a team from the other group which is group D. They will play each team once, two at home and one away, and the top team will go through to the quarter finals.

Academy coach Michael Stone (pictured) commented: "I’m pleased for them, they’ve been in second position for the whole season, so I’m pleased they’ve stayed there.

"It would have been disappointing to have been in that position all season and lost it on the final day, Coventry really gave us a race for second spot, and they won on Saturday so we had to win - so the boys did really well.

"In fact, the last five or six weeks they’ve been playing really well. They’ve hit nice peaks so let’s hope they continue that now for the play-offs."