Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 v Aston Villa U19 - 20 Mar 2004
U18 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Spurs U19s 0-1 Aston Villa
Pat Holland was pleased with this performance in a match dominated by a strong wind on Saturday.
Indeed, the visiting goalkeeper kept his side in the game with three fine saves, the best denying Phil Ifil (pictured) an equaliser late on.
In the end a scrappy goal in the second half was enough to hand Villa maximum points.
"It was a good performance," said coach Pat. "It was a game dominated by the wind which was very strong and we had in our favour in the first half.
"In fairness, both teams tried to play. We got into some great areas and had maybe three excellent goalscoring chances but the keeper saved all of them.
"You just thought if we got ourselves in front it would be a buffer but the second half favoured Villa and for the first 20 minutes they looked the stronger side with the wind.
"We crept back into though and in the end the goal was a bit unfortunate, a mellee in the area and the lad's just struck it home. We kept going but their keeper made a great save from Phil Ifil right at the end."
Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, McKie, McKenna, Lee, Dobson, Maghoma (Price, 72), Allen, Malcolm, O'Hara, Daniels. Unused subs: Francis, Hodges.