Match Report - Arsenal reserves v Tottenham reserves - 08 Sep 2003
FA Premier Reserve League South
Stephane Dalmat played 84 minutes on his competitive debut for the club as Arsenal ran out convincing winners of Monday night's FA Premier Reserve League clash.
Jonathan Blondel completed a full shift at Barnet's Underhill Stadium on his comeback from a broken finger.
John Jackson's second half performance in central midfield was also noteworthy on a night most in white will want to forget as Arsenal's high-profile stars shone brightly.
The first half started as a fairly evenly as Blondel buzzed around and Dalmat showed some nice touches but Arsenal were presented with the crucial opening goal after 11 minutes.
Keeper Graham Stack cleared his lines, Paul O'Donoghue's clearing header hit Jeremie Aliadiere and the striker drilled home in a flash from the edge of the area.
It was soon 2-0 as Dennis Bergkamp picked out a crossfield pass to Justin Hoyte, he laid the ball into Aliadiere who made no mistake one-on-one.
The key moment came after 40 minutes. Blondel magnificently pulled Dean Marney's long ball out of the sky and hit an instant low cross that offered a tap-in to Jamie Slabber but the striker failed to make decent contact and the chance was gone.
Within a minute it was 3-0 as Edu finished with minimum fuss from close range from Hoyte's cross.
Colin Calderwood introduced Mark Yeates and Marcel McKie at the break but the Gunners increased their lead within three minutes as a loose ball fell to Jerome Thomas in the box, he skipped around Eyre and shot high into the roof of the net.
The impish Yeates, back from injury, soon got involved to smash a vicious drive that Stack could only beat away.
Eyre found Bergkamp's shot too hot to handle on the hour but the young keeper, making his first competitive start at this level, was up quickly to bravely block Thomas' follow up. Marney then made up 10 yards on Parlour to get in a goal-saving tackle as the former England man pulled the trigger.
The final quarter passed with little incident, Dalmat was replaced by Jon Black and Edu lobbed just over with three minutes left.
MINUTE BY MINUTE GUIDE
11mins: GOAL. O'Donoghue attempted header clear from Stack goal kick hit Aliadiere, striker onto loose ball in a flash and buried from 18 yards. 0-1.
15mins: Barnett onto Parlour mistake, curler clipped off Cygan's heels for a corner.
16mins: GOAL. rossfield pass from Bergkamp laid off by Hoyte to Aliadiere who made no mistake one-on-one. 0-2.
20mins: Ball bobbled everywhere in scramble around six-yard box, Aliadiere poised for hat-trick until Jackson intervention.
23mins: Decent move, Blondel into Slabber, shot from acute angle gathered by Stack.
28mins: Bergkamp pass released Kanu on goal, tried to blast it, ball ended up in Barnet High Street.
35mins: Slabber good hold up play, found Barnett racing into box but midfielder couldn't control pass.
37mins: Mabizela 30-yarder sailed over.
40mins: Delightful control and early cross from Blondel offered tap in to Slabber but failed to make contact.
41mins: GOAL. Parlour low cross drilled home at far post by Edu. 0-3.
42mins: Hoyte cut in from right, shot fizzed acrosss goal.
Half-time: Arsenal Res 3-0 Spurs Res
48mins: GOAL. Parlour failed to get on cross but loose ball fell to Thomas who skipped around Eyre before shooting high into the net. 0-4.
49mins: Yeates drive in area beaten out by Stack.
52mins: Bergkamp free-kick curled over.
54mins: Bergkamp half-chance saved comfortably by Eyre.
60mins: Bergkamp shot too hot to handle for Eyre but keeper up quickly to make superb save as Thomas followed in.
63mins: Marney made up ground to make last-ditch tackle as Parlour pulled the trigger in front of goal.
65mins: Jackson heavily involved in one of our best moves, eventually on the end of Barnett's hook back into the box but couldn't direct header on target.
69mins: Mabizela fine tackle to block Aliadiere as he raced through.
87mins: Edu chip just over.
Teams: Arsenal: Stack, Hoyte, Clichy, Edu, Keown (Tavlaridis, 45) , Cygan, Parlour, Kanu (Halls, 80), Aliadiere, Bergkamp (Paulinho, 84), Thomas.
Spurs: Eyre, Marney, Jackson, Mabizela, Kelly, O'Donoghue (McKie, 45), Blondel, Dalmat (Black, 84), Barnett, Barnard (Yeates, 45), Slabber.