Pat's boys on song
Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).
Pat Holland's under-19 side cantered to a third win of the season by a 3-1 scoreline against Fulham on Saturday at a rainswept Motspur Park.
It did not take too long for Spurs to establish control on a surface ideally suited to speedy passing movements, and only five minutes to take the lead.
Striker Lee Barnard capitalised on a spot of confusion in the Fulham area, evaded his marker a few yards in front of the penalty spot and cooly slotted the ball beyond home goalkeeper Ross Flitney.
Spurs lined up in a solid looking 4-4-2 formation with Stephen Kelly and Paul O'Donoghue (pictured) assigned with the task of being our twin towers at the heart of defence. Nothing much got past the imposing pair, which gave the side the confidence to attack at will.
Attack they did and the lead was doubled after 16 minutes. Barnard's strike partner John Sutton embarked on a powerful run down the right hand side of the Fulham area and, under considerable pressure, cut the ball back across goal where David Galbraith was on hand to bundle the ball home.
Pat's charges were bossing the half, Flitney had to save smartly to deny Galbraith adding to his tally from a free-kick and Barnard had a second ruled out for offside on the half hour mark.
Such was the domination of the half, it was not until 32 minutes that Shwan Jalal was forced to make his first diving block.
Eight minutes after that effort, Jalal was grateful for a uncompromising challenge by O'Donoghue on Fulham striker Loui Fazakerley while on the brink of unleashing a shot after creating space for himself in the area.
Any thoughts Fulham had of mustering a second half comeback were dashed within two minutes of the second half re-start. Dean Marney saw his goalbound effort saved by Flitney, but the ball fell kindly for Sutton to knock home a third Spurs goal and a deserved strike for himself.
To their credit, Fulham did not give up, and raised the tempo of their game. They were rewarded when Barnard mis-timed a challenge in his own area and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
There was a lengthy break in play while Barnard received treatment and Jamal Carr did well to keep his concentration and net his spot-kick past Jalal.
Despite Fulham making headway in the half, the best chances still fell to Spurs. Barnard was denied by a brave block after being played in by James Lee, while a Ronnie Henry header from a Dean Marney corner fell marginally wide.
The closing stages, with the game reaching a bit of a lull at 3-1, boss Pat provided the comedy of the morning.
Looking to prove that the magic has not deserted the old boy, Pat pulled off a neat side-of-the-foot flick to prevent a stray pass going too far out of play by the dugout.
The flick was timed to perfection. Unfortunately, the unsuspecting Fulham player rushing to take the throw did not anticipate Pat rolling back the years and did not have time to take preventative action. He got one full in the chops to complete a miserable morning for the boys from Motspur Park.
Team: Shwan Jalal, James Lee, Chris Herron, Mark Hughes, Stephen Kelly, Paul O'Donoghue, Dean Marney, Lee Barnard, John Sutton, Ronnie Henry, Dave Galbraith. Subs: Ghyslain Vedeux, Robert Burch, Lee Gardner.