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Villa thriller for U19s

Posted on 15 April 2002  - 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).

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Spurs U19s 3-2 Aston Villa

Pat Holland applauded his side on their best performance of the season to defeat the FA Youth Cup finalists - perfect timing with the derby against Arsenal just around the corner.

The lads were particularly impressive in the first half when they went 2-0 up and hit the woodwork three times.

Just as impressive was how they managed to hit back from Villa nicking a goal just before the end of a one-sided first half and then held firm for the victory when the visitors found their feet in the latter stages.

John Sutton had already hit the crossbar when we took the lead on 25 minutes. Sutton was involved again, playing a one-two with Dean Marney who finished with style from 25 yards.

Nicky Wettner then hit the post but the second goal wasn't far away. Marney, pictured, was again at the heart of it as he took the ball to the byline and his cross was turned into his own goal by a Villa defender.

Marney then hit the post from a tight angle after dribbling around the goalkeeper but Villa managed to grab a goal back just before the break after a mix-up from a corner.

Undeterred, we continued where we left off in the second half and Lee Barnard's fine individual effort made it 3-1 after 65 minutes.

But Villa hit back, made it 3-2 and hit the bar themselves before the final whistle.

"I would say that's the best we've played all season," beamed boss Pat.

"Villa are in the FA Youth Cup Final and five of that side were on show but we played them off the park in the first half. We could have been 5-0 up before they nicked one back.

"Funnily enough, they then hit the bar at 3-2 and you're looking at a game that could have been all over in the first half and suddenly, they've hit the bar at 3-2.

"I was delighted with the lads. They haven't anything left to play for, as such, but their application was first class."

Arsenal are next for Pat's U19s at Spurs Lodge on Friday, kick-off 11am.