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Spurs 3-2 Chelsea U18s - match report

20 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Our Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the Training Centre on Saturday.

First half goals from Will Miller and Daniel Akindayini were added to by Anthony Georgiou’s second half strike, while Nathan Oduwa’s late penalty miss proved academic as the lads withstood late Chelsea pressure to pick up the win.

The hosts made an energetic start, but it was Chelsea’s George Cole who produced the first real shot at goal, his deflected effort sailing over the bar six minutes in.

We took the lead in the 12th minute when Connor Ogilvie broke down the left and set up Miller to finish low into the corner from 12 yards.

Akindayini caused the Blues problems as the half went on, George Brady having to be alert to intercept Cy Goddard’s pass to prevent the forward from going through on goal, before a through ball from Anton Walkes looked to have set Akindayini free, but onrushing Chelsea goalkeeper Jordan Beeney beat him to the loose ball.

The hosts made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute as Akindayini’s shot went beyond Beeney, despite the best efforts of defender Dion Conroy to keep it out.

Goalkeeper Luke McGee made a smart save to keep out Kasey Palmer’s top corner-bound shot in the 38th minute, but he could do nothing to stop Chike Kandi from pulling a goal back for the visitors three minutes before the interval. Kandi finished from close range after Jeremie Boga’s fierce shot from John Muleba’s left-sided cross was blocked by a mass of bodies on the goal line.

Our two-goal advantage was almost restored in the 44th minute, as Ogilvie played Akindayini in down the left channel, with Goddard coaxing an excellent save from Beeney after Akindayini set him up to shoot from a central position.

The Blues began the second half in purposeful fashion, with Spurs defender Christian Maghoma forced to make a good covering tackle to deny the advancing Conroy.

As Chelsea continued to press, Cameron Carter-Vickers made two good clearances, while Palmer saw a 30-yard shot sail inches wide of the post.

McGee smothered a Cole shot in a one-on-one situation in the 58th minute, but after all Chelsea’s efforts, the next goal was scored by the hosts.

Substitute Joe Pritchard set up Georgiou, whose low shot from outside the box crept inside the far post with 63 minutes on the watch.

The Blues reacted quickly, though, and reduced the deficit once again three minutes later. Substitute Tammy Abraham lobbed advancing goalkeeper McGee, and at 3-2 the game was finely poised.

Pritchard made an incisive run to the byline, but nobody was able to reach the ball as he pulled it back across the face of goal, while at the other end, McGee saved from Abraham at close quarters.

Beeney made a fine save to prevent the lively Pritchard from converting a cross laid on by fellow substitute Nathan Oduwa in the 79th minute, before the hosts were gifted a chance to put the scoreline beyond doubt seven minutes from time.

Oduwa was bundled over from behind by Muleba as he cut in from the left, with the referee quickly pointing to the spot. Oduwa took the kick himself, but as he tried to outwit Beeney, his effort grazed the outside of the keeper’s right-hand post on its way behind.

Another Spurs substitute, Shayon Harrison, floated a free kick marginally over the bar as the game entered its final moments, while a couple of late Chelsea attempts to bag an equaliser fell on deaf ears.

After Jay Da Silva’s shot was blocked away by Ogilvie, Abraham’s effort from the rebound forced McGee to tip the ball over the bar.

And three minutes into stoppage time, Abraham got in behind the defence despite the best efforts of right-back Kyle Walker-Peters to stay goal side, but McGee was there once again to make a smart save from an acute angle.

Spurs: McGee, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Walkes, Carter-Vickers, Maghoma, Sonupe (Oduwa 59), Goddard (Pritchard 59), Akindayini, Miller, Georgiou (Harrison 73). Subs not used: Vincent-Young, Whiteman.