Spurs 4-1 Man City U18s
28 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Our Under-18s recovered from going a goal down in the opening three minutes to storm to a 4-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.
The lads were only behind for a matter of seconds, with first half penalties from Emmanuel Sonupe and Nathan Oduwa turning the scoreline on its head.
Harry Winks and substitute Daniel Akindayini then rounded off what turned out to be a comfortable victory, ensuring the Under-18s’ winning streak continues.
It’s now six out of six for the lads, but if the opening moments were anything to go by, we might have struggled to see off the challenge of a determined and lively City side at Hotspur Way.
With less than three minutes gone, City were awarded a free kick on the right-hand edge of the box, when Christian Maghoma was adjudged to have brought down City forward Thierry Ambrose. Jack Byrne swung in the set piece right footed, and Charlie Oliver was there with a free header to put the visitors ahead.
City’s joy, however, was short lived, as we made amends within a minute. Right-back Kyle Walker-Peters released Sonupe down the line, and his terrific pace when cutting inside proved too much for defender Ash Smith-Brown to deal with, bringing him down as he entered the area. Sonupe dusted himself down to send City keeper Angus Gunn the wrong way from the resulting penalty, making it 1-1.
Oduwa worked himself into a shooting position in the centre of the field two minutes later, but Gunn – the son of Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn – was equal to his low drive.
Our centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers routinely dealt with another Byrne free kick at the other end, with the hosts then taking a 2-1 lead, again from the spot. This time it was Oduwa who powered into the area and, after City goalscorer Oliver brought him down, it was he who fired into the top corner from 12 yards to put us into a 17th minute lead.
A sweetly-struck right-footed effort from Byrne fizzed marginally over the crossbar as City sought a way back into the contest, but on 28 minutes we went further ahead as Oduwa back-heeled the ball into the path of Will Miller to prevent it running behind for a corner, with Miller subsequently squaring to Winks, whose effort trickled inside the far post.
Left-back Connor Ogilvie flicked the ball into the path of the onrushing Oduwa down the left channel shortly afterwards, but the winger’s shot cannoned back off the bar.
City had another chance with a free header in the 35th minute as Tosin Adariabiyo met Byrne’s right-sided corner, but goalkeeper Luke McGee was equal to his effort.
At the other end, City’s Adariabiyo was forced to put the ball behind for a corner as Sonupe lurked in the box, while our right-back Walker-Peters worked hard to thwart two City attacks as the first half drew to a close.
City had the first chance of the second period, as McGee spilled a corner swung in by Jose Angelino, and after the ball found its way back to the City substitute, his subsequent strike was palmed away by the keeper at his near post.
The home side worked hard in midfield as the half went on, although the match was disrupted by a number of stoppages as City players went down suffering from cramp.
Angelino’s low free-kick was gathered by McGee low to his left, before we bagged our fourth goal in the 78th minute. The lively Miller fed Anthony Georgiou out on the left, and his low ball in was converted by fellow substitute Akindayini.
We never looked in any danger of losing our three-goal cushion as the game wore on, while we spurned chances in the dying moments, first when Filip Lesniak pulled a shot wide from amid a crowded 18-yard box, and then when Joe Pritchard’s raking cross from the left found Sonupe in acres of space, only for the attacker’s effort to deflect off a retreating defender and clip the bar.
Spurs: McGee, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Lesniak, Carter-Vickers, Maghoma, Sonupe, Onomah (Akindayini 73), Miller, Winks (Pritchard 79), Oduwa (Georgiou 58). Sub not used: Priestly.