- News Archive
U21s 6-0 Newcastle - Six Of The Bes..
U21S 6-0 NEWCASTLE - SIX OF THE BEST!
Posted 03 November 2012 5:33pm
Our Under-21s produced another outstanding performance to hit Newcastle for six - and fire themselves to the top of Group Two in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Newcastle arrived at our new Training Centre in Enfield top of Group Two, but were completely outplayed as we made it six matches unbeaten, four wins in five and three on the trot to take top spot.
In all honesty, it could have been more than six as the visitors struggled to cope with the pace of Andros Townsend, the trickery of Alex Pritchard and Cristian Ceballos, the power of Jon Obika up front and guile of Ryan Mason in central midfield.
Alongside Mason, Dean Parrett covered every blade of grass as the team refused to let Newcastle settle for a moment on the ball, the ability to win possession back quickly a key element of the convincing victory.
Townsend had already forced two fine saves from Jak Alnwick in the Newcastle goal when we opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 17th minute.
Pritchard was upended by Alex Kitlmen and Mason made no mistake, firing into the top corner.
The second goal arrived on 24 minutes and typified the display.
It all stemmed from a Newcastle free-kick that Obika headed clear and Mason played up to Townsend on halfway. A fine first touch took him away from his marker and he was off on a burst to the Newcastle area, where he played in Ceballos, who finished confidently.
Obika and Townsend then drew saves from Alnwick, Marcus Maddison curled just wide for Newcastle and the final action of the half saw Ceballos denied by a combination of Alnwick and Kitlemen.
The lads clicked up another gear after the break and the first 20 minutes of the second half were a joy to watch.
Pritchard rattled the woodwork from 20 yards, Townsend flashed a drive just wide and Obika was denied one-on-one by Alnwick all in the first five minutes.
The third goal was almost inevitable and arrived in the 50th minute as Townsend's corner was met by Parrett, whose header appeared to clip Kevin Stewart on the way home.
Parrett then fashioned an opening for Obika, winning possession in the right channel on halfway, he drove forward and then delivered a cross that the striker dived in to meet, glancing his header just wide.
Pritchard made it 4-0 with one of his trademark free-kicks, curling over the wall and into the top corner from 20 yards with Alnwick rooted to the spot.
The goalkeeper produced the save of the match to deny a fine goal minutes later as Townsend, Obika and Massimo Luongo - able to play here under the terms of his youth loan to Ipswich Town - set-up Parrett, whose effort was tipped around the post.
It was 5-0 just after the hour after some fine short-passing interplay in the area - Townsend to Pritchard and onto Obika, who rammed home six yards out.
A clean sheet was the last remaining target and Jonathan Miles did well to turn around Brad Inman's 20-yarder at full stretch to keep Newcastle at bay.
Back at the other end, substitute Giancarlo Gallifuoco released Ceballos, only for Alwnick to save another one-on-one chance.
The sixth goal arrived in the last minute as Obika burst through, skipped around Alnwick and tapped into an empty net, a fitting finale to a fine team performance.
Spurs Under-21s (4-2-3-1): Miles; Fredericks, Luongo, Stewart (Ekong, 69), Barthram (Gallifuoco, 68); Mason, Parrett; Pritchard, Ceballos, Townsend; Obika. Unused subs: Vigouroux, Bentaleb, Veljkovic.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Alnwick; Logan, Kitlmen, Satka, Riley; Hooper, Miele, Knight, Maddison (Gillead, 71); Moyo, Inman. Unused subs: Mutchell, Armstrong, Sterry.