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Match Report - Millwall U17 v Tottenham Hotspur U17 - 21 Feb 2004

U17 Academy South


Millwall U17s 3-3 Spurs

Schoolboy Joe Martin grabbed a point for Jimmy Neighbour's very young U17s side at Millwall.

Three Under-15s were involved with David Button in goal, Martin coming on as subtitute after 47 minutes and scoring and Jamie Davies, who had 20 minutes off the bench.

Millwall stormed into a 2-0 lead, Claude Seanle and Chris Riley levelled it up, Millwall went ahead again only for Martin to strike for 3-3 with five minutes left.

Coach Jim said: "Millwall were a big, strong side and experienced for that age, they had a lot of Under-17s out.

"We played a very young side just as Pat Holland did with the Under-19s and give the lads credit because we went 2-0 down, deservedly so, but worked hard as a unit and started to get back into it.

"We eventually levelled it up at half-time at 2-2 and I was pleased with that because it could have gone the other way, the heads drop and end up losing five or six. That didn't happen.

"The first goal we got back was through Claude Seanla when we were on the attack, the ball was bobbling around and he threw himself in there, it's hit his body and gone in. A little fortunate but I was pleased for him.

"The second goal was from a corner, the ball went to the far post and Chris Riley was there to strike it home.

"They took the lead just after half-time with a good header from a corner but our equaliser was scored by Joe Martin, an Under-15 player who had gone on as substitute.

"He's a big lad, a strong lad, good left foot and he struck into the corner from the edge of the box.

"The good thing about it is we had young David Button in goal, an Under-15 player, two more U15s on the bench with Joe coming on and scoring and the rest were all schoolboys.

"It was a very young side. In the end it was a good game to get a point out of. I was delighted for the boys because they showed a lot of character on the day."

Spurs U17s: Button, Kyriacou, Wright, Maghoma, Riley, Peprah, Heller (Davies, 69), Mascarenhas, Seanle, Thyer (Martin, 47), Stevens.