Match report:<br> Mauritius 0, Spurs 2
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Goals from Robbie Keane and Lee Barnard ensured our season finished on a high in Mauritius on Friday.
Irish star Keane tapped home the opening goal after 18 minutes of this friendly at the island’s Anjalay Stadium and it was a lead that was never really threatened.
Barnard then capped an impressive personal campaign in front of goal with a cracking dipping effort just two minutes from time.
Indeed, the strike meant our reserves’ top scorer with 17 goals in 17 games scored the first and last Spurs goals of the 2004-05 campaign — starting in the friendly against Swedish outfit Falkenbergs FF back on July 13 and finishing in Mauritius in May. Now there’s a future quiz question!
As a gesture, Ray Beeharry and Eric Johnson, who were flown over from England to train with Mauritius, were named on our substitutes bench.
The first half was played a decent pace for a friendly with Mauritius also looking to knock the ball about on a tricky playing surface.
Keane and Defoe fashioned the first chance after 15 minutes with Keane beaten by the bounce from Defoe’s clever flicked pass.
It took a further three minutes for us to take the lead. The goal owed a lot to Yeates’ persistence, robbing keeper Doro after he’d turned inside Keane rather than clearing. Yeates was left with a clear path to goal but rolled it square for his Irish compatriot to tap home.
Andy Reid soon tested Doro again, the keeper parried his free-kick but the angle was too tight for Defoe to tuck away the rebound.
Mauritius continued to plug away with limited success - Appou and Perle both had efforts blocked - while in-between, Kieran McKenna replaced Dean Marney, who had felt his Achilles tighten. McKenna might have scored but prodded Keane’s cross over while at the other end, Edouard fizzed a shot just over.
The second half was quieter as we held on to possession but found the home side a tough nut to crack.
Michael Carrick volleyed over while at the other end, Jeannot shot wide and Appou should really have done better with a header from close range.
Keane ran the show for the next few minutes, almost setting up Yeates, volleying at Doro and then leaving two defenders in a heap before striking the top of the crossbar.
It looked like one goal would be enough before Barnard had the final say. Only on for Defoe minutes earlier, he picked the ball up on the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot into the top corner.
GUIDE TO THE ACTION
15mins: First chance, Reid into Keane, one-two with Defoe but bounce beat Keane and Doro came to claim.
18mins: GOAL. Doro tricked Keane with fake clearance but was closed down by Yeates, he squared with keeper out of goal for Keane to tap in from six yards.
Mauritius 0, Spurs 1
20mins: Doro spilled Reid's free-kick, Defoe onto rebound, tight angle, not enough power to beat keeper.
32mins: SUB. McKenna for Marney.
39mins: Decent Mauritius move, Heerou slid ball into Perle, King there to block
39mins: CLOSE. Corner half-cleared to Edouard who lashed just over from 22 yards.
45mins: CHANCE. Close control from Keane down left flank, skipped away from Moorgine, into box, cut back aimed towards McKenna who scooped over.
Half-time: Mauritius 0, Spurs 1
Half-time: SUB. Fulop for Cerny.
59mins: From corner, McKenna picked out Carrick on edge of box, first-time volley over.
60mins: Jeannot darted in from left, shot deflected just wide.
66mins: CHANCE. Mauritius best chance yet, Appou free header, 10 yards out, missed target.
71mins: Keane down left, lost marker, low cross somehow evaded Yeates.
71mins: Keane turn and volley but comfortable for Doro.
72mins: WOODWORK. Sublime dummy from Keane left two defenders on floor, shot from 16 yards clipped top of crossbar.
73mins: SUB. D Edouard for Appou.
80mins: SUB. Barnard for Yeates.
83mins: SUB. Laboucherie for Perle.
86mins: Bayeram decent strike from angle but always going wide.
88mins: GOAL. Barnard cut in from left, composed himself and hit dipper into top corner from 18 yards.
Mauritius 0, Spurs 2
89mins: Appou shot took wicked bounce up off surface and Fulop did well to hang on.
90mins: SUB. Appadu for Heerou
Final score: Mauritius 0, Spurs 2
Mauritius: Doro, Moorgine, L'Enfle, Diolle, Edouard, Collet, Bayaram, Heerou (Appadu, 89), Appou (D Eduard), Jeannot, Perle (Laboucherie, 83).
Spurs: Cerny (Fulop, 45), Kelly, Jackson, King, Bunjevcevic, Marney (McKenna, 32), Carrick, Yeates (Barnard, 80), Reid, Keane, Defoe. Subs: Johnson, Beeharry.