Spurs U18s 5-1 Villa U18s
27 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Our Under-18s enjoyed another high-scoring home victory on Saturday (August 27) as they beat Aston Villa 5-1 at Hotspur Way, with all the goals coming in an action-packed first half.
We scored three times in the opening 11 minutes through Jack Roles, Aramide Oteh and Jaden Brown, while goalkeeper Brandon Austin saved a penalty for the second game in a row.
Villa did manage to score with a second spot-kick moments later through Kelsey Mooney before Dylan Duncan and Oteh extended our lead prior to the interval.
It was an emphatic response to last week’s 1-0 defeat away to West Ham United and marked our second Under-18 Premier League victory of the campaign following the 4-1 home triumph over Southampton on the opening day.
It became obvious at an early stage that it was going to be an enthralling game and we took the lead five minutes in when Duncan cut back for Roles to score from 12 yards out.
Two minutes later, defender Brown was adjudged to have fouled Mooney in the box but Villa skipper Jake Doyle-Hayes saw his penalty saved by keeper Austin low down to his right.
We doubled our lead on 10 minutes when Keanan Bennetts fired into a mass of bodies in the box following Samuel Shashoua’s free-kick and the ball fell kindly for Oteh to net from six yards out. Less than 60 seconds later we were 3-0 up as right-back Tariq Hinds, making his league debut at this level, drove some 40 yards up the pitch and fed Shashoua who in turn passed to Brown. His shot from outside the box nestled in the bottom corner of the Villa net, taking a slight deflection on its way in.
The action continued apace as two minutes later Austin brought down Mooney in the box. The keeper escaped with a yellow card but Villa made us pay as Mooney took the kick himself this time and duly scored down the middle.
On 25 minutes we restored our three-goal cushion as Shashoua played the ball across from Duncan, who slid in to convert on the edge of the six-yard box. Oteh netted the pick of the bunch a minute before half-time, producing a left-footed volley from Bennetts’ ball in to make it 5-1.
The second period was much tighter in terms of clear opportunities. Our best chance of the half fell to Oteh on 72 minutes, but he was denied his hat-trick when goalkeeper Viktor Johansson saved his right-footed shot from the edge of the area.
John McDermott, Head of Player Development, said
“It was a very open game. We gifted Aston Villa some chances and I thought the scoreline flattered us at half-time. Our attacking play was excellent at times and we scored some really, really good goals. It was 5-1 but Brandon Austin had to save a penalty and there were a couple of defensive situations that we weren’t particularly pleased with. Ironically it was probably a better performance in the second half and again there was some good attacking play. Our front four attackers – Samuel Shashoua, Aramide Oteh, Keanan Bennetts and Dylan Duncan – were all in credit today, so I was pleased for them.”
Spurs U18s: Austin, Hinds, Brown, Omolabi (Patterson 54), Marsh (c, Tsaroulla 75), Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Roles, Oteh, Duncan (Gonzalez-Velasco 68), Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Griffiths, Freeman (GK).
With no league game next weekend, our next Under-18s outing comes on Saturday, September 10, away to Reading. With our development squad having registered a 4-1 victory at the Royals’ Hogwood Park training ground last week, our Under-18s will no doubt be keen to try to emulate that performance on the same territory.