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Youths' cup dreams over

Posted on 24 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).

<B>FA YOUTH CUP<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B><P class=MsoNormal><B>Stockport County 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1</B><P class=MsoNormal>Our FA Youth Cup dreams faded as an impressive Stockport side deservedly moved into the fifth round on Wednesday night.<P class=MsoNormal>All the damage was done in a blistering opening period from the home side and to be honest, we didn&rsquo&#59;t do ourselves justice on the night.<P class=MsoNormal>We looked to have dealt comfortably with County&rsquo&#59;s aerial bombardment in the first few minutes only for the home side to take the lead after 10 minutes.<P class=MsoNormal>Peter Wild swung in a corner, goalkeeper Rob Burch failed to punch clear under intense - some may term illegal - pressure and Robert Clare stabbed home the loose ball from six yards.<P class=MsoNormal>County continued to press and crosses looked dangerous. Tricky left winger Andrew Welsh swung in a delightful ball that Chris Herron did well to clear and only Fraser McLachtan will know how he failed to connect to the ensuing corner.<P class=MsoNormal>It was soon 2-0 with a goal to grace any tie. A free-kick was awarded 20 yards from corner on the right-hand corner of the area and Welsh curled beyond the reach of Burch.<P class=MsoNormal>We were now in some disarray with Welsh, lifted by his goal, particularly impressive.<P class=MsoNormal>County continued to pile on the pressure and McLachtan saw his diving header flash inches wide after Jon Daly flicked on Andrew Thomas&rsquo&#59; long throw. Blake Norton then shot wide after beating the offside trap.<P class=MsoNormal>Another Thomas long throw should have led to the third after 34 minutes but Paul O&rsquo&#59;Donoghue somehow hacked the ball clear from under the crossbar.<P class=MsoNormal>Welsh shot straight at Burch and the general unease of our defence was underlined when James Quilter sliced a clearance over his own crossbar. It could have been costly as another corner caused all sorts of problems but this time Martin Andrews, eight yards out, fired over.<P class=MsoNormal>Burch had to be on his guard just a minute into the second half when Welsh&rsquo&#59;s corner threatened to curl in &mdash&#59; Burch grabbed at the second attempt.<P class=MsoNormal>Busy Burch then saved well from Kielthy but we finally dragged ourselves back into the game.<P class=MsoNormal>Lee Barnard forced Gary Maguire into action for the first time after 74 minutes, a fine low stop to his left.<P class=MsoNormal>Then a glint of light. With 12 minutes left substitute James Lee curled home a free-kick from 25 yards and from no-where, we were back in the game.<P class=MsoNormal>But despite a couple of half-chances and some heart-stopping moments for a packed main stand at Edgeley Park, County were left to celebrate reaching the fifth round of youth football&rsquo&#59;s most prestigious competition.<P class=MsoNormal>Stockport County: Maguire, Rowley, Thomas, Andrews, Kielthy, Clare, McLachtan, Wild, Daly, Norton (Fenna 75), Welsh.<P class=MsoNormal>Spurs: Burch, Kelly, Herron, Bowditch, Quilter, O&rsquo&#59;Donoghue, Snee, Marney (Lee 45), Sutton (Galbraith 75), Barnard, Burke (Partin 84).<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>