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Youngsters make French connection

Posted on 20 November 2008  - 12:00

A late penalty denied our Academy and Development squads a winning double in friendlies in Lille, France, on Wednesday.

Youngsters make French connection

A late penalty denied our Academy and Development squads a winning double in friendlies in Lille, France, on Wednesday.

An Under-21 team impressed in a 2-0 victory in their game against the Championnat side and the Under-17s looked to be heading for victory as well until a penalty awarded for handball two minutes from time allowed the home side back in for a 1-1 draw.

Nevertheless, Academy Manager John McDermott and Under-18s coach Alex Inglethorpe were pleased with how the two teams equipped themselves.

John takes up the story for the Under-21s. "We were excellent in the first half and deserved to go 2-0 up.

"The first goal came from Alex Olsen (pictured) after good work by Andros Townsend while the second was a set-play with Yuri Berchiche getting on the end of Adam Smith's free-kick.

"We made a few planned changes at half-time and we didn't match our passing and movement of the first half but defended extremely well and deserved out clean sheet."

Alex was with the Under-17s and reported: "It was a good performance and the ideal opportunity to look at some of our Under-16s players in this environment.

"We had a couple of good chances in the first half but it stayed 0-0 and we took the lead after the break, a great goal on the counter-attack that ended with Paul-Jose M'puku crossing for Ryan Fredericks to score.

"The lads started to tire a little in the last 25 minutes and Lille came back into it but we hung on to the lead until the 88th minute when they were awarded a penalty for handball.

"We were unlucky not to hold on for the win but overall it was a great experience for all the players."

Spurs U17s: Ranieri, Bowden (O'Neill, 46), McBride (Fredericks, 46), Nicholson, Francis-Angol, Caulker (Byrne, 46), M'puku (Carroll, 65), Ekim, Kudus (Lancaster, 46), Kane (Walker-Lasson, 46), Jack.

Spurs U21s: Butcher (Butler, 60), Smith (Cox, 46), Archibald-Henville, Mtandari, Berchiche, Kasim (Bostock, 46), Hutchins, Hutton, Fraser-Allen, Olsen (Mason, 60), Townsend (Obika, 46).