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Charlton 1-0 Spurs

A last minute Charlton free-kick was enough to secure a place in the quarter-finals of The FA Youth Cup at the expense of a battling Spurs side.

Tottenham fans descended upon The Valley in full force, bringing with them the familiar chorus of the White Hart Lane faithful, and they received praise from the grateful visiting players after the final-whistle.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, but Charlton might have gone one up after just one minute were it not for a point-blank save from Billy Granger in the Spurs goal, denying Charlton’s Harry Gerard from close range.

Minutes later Jack Bartram went clear on goal from a Milos Veljkovic through ball, but his low shot was well saved by Charlton stopper Dillon Phillips.

Spurs’ best chance in the half came in the 26th minute and fell to Shaquille Coulthirst, who created space for himself in the box with a neat turn, but his deflected shot was well saved again by Phillips.

Granger was on form again in the second half with another crucial save during a goalmouth scramble to keep the scores level, and Veljkovic was at hand to prevent Charlton top scorer Tobi Sho-Silva increasing his impressive goalscoring form.

Souleymane Coulibaly was unlucky not to score moments later when Coulthirst provided him with a perfect square ball from the right wing, but the striker’s shot was sliced over the bar.

Coulthirst then nearly unwillingly bagged the winner for Spurs when Phillips’ clearance struck the captain in the face, but the ball trickled agonisingly wide of the goal.

In a frantic finale with chances at both ends, we conceded a foul on the edge of the penalty area in the 90th minute and the resulting free kick was converted by Charlton substitute Oliver Muldoon, much to the dismay of the visiting team.

Academy manager, John McDermott said: “I thought towards the last 20 minutes we started to play quite well, started to dominate the play and dominate the chances.
"We were disappointed with the first 70 minutes, I thought it was too scrappy and we never really got a hold of the game, but in the end I thought we had the momentum. It was disappointing, but congratulations to Charlton, they go to Old Trafford and good luck to them.

“I’ve got the say I thought the number of Spurs fans was amazing. It was like a little White Hart Lane. To be able to play in at atmosphere like this is a fantastic experience, but it’s just a tough pill to take at the moment.”

Spurs team: Granger (GK); Modeste; Barthram; Stewart; Veljkovic; Gallifuoco (Dominic Ball, 73); Munns; Bentaleb (Ruben Lameiras, 60); Coulibaly; Ward; Coulthirst
Subs not used: McGee (GK); McQueen; McEvoy

Referee: M Bull