Match Report - Crystal Palace U17 v Tottenham Hotspur U17 - 22 Nov 2003
U17 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Crystal Palace U17 1-4 Spurs
Jimmy Neighbour believes Palace's equaliser in the second half gave the lads the jolt they needed to go on and win this game.
The lads were the better side and looked in control after going 1-0 up in the first half through Simon Dawkins.
But they dropped down a gear in the second half and let Palace back into it.
Thankfully they were able to kick on again and Dawkins, Danny Stevens and Claude Seanla netted in a comfortable win.
Coach Jimmy reflected: "Palace had a quite a young side out but we started with a few schoolboys as well.
"We started brightly and within 15 minutes could have been two or three up but their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves.
"The lads played well, created plenty of chances and got their just rewards just before half-time when Simon Dawkins burst through and side footed past the keeper.
"We went in 1-0 up but started slowly in the second half, a bit sloppy, a little lazy - I think they thought they'd won the game, which should never be the case and of course, the inevitable happened, they scored.
"Credit to the boys there though, they started playing like they were in the first half and Simon Dawkins scored his second after getting onto the through ball.
"Danny Stevens then got behind their centre-backs, drew the goalkeeper, sold him a dummy and slotted home. Claude Seanla scored the fourth after coming on as sub.
"I was pleased with the lads. Palace weren't a great side but tried to play and made it difficult for us at times but we kept our nerve.
"I think their goal gave us a little jolt. We went out a bit sloppy in the second half and I say to the lads at times that they have to keep their enthusiasm throughout.
"But we ran out comfortable winners in the end and could have scored more."
Spurs U17s: Button, Kyriacou (Welch), Wright, Maghoma, Riley, Peprah, Mascarhenas, Lee (Heller), Dawkins (Seanle), Stevens, Daniels. Unused sub: Forecast.