Spurs U18s 7-3 Wolves U18s
Report from Hotspur Way
19 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Our Under-18s produced a free-scoring performance to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 7-3 at the Training Centre on Saturday (March 19).
Under-16s midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe bagged two assists and a goal on his first Barclays Under-18 Premier League start, Shilow Tracey had a hand in three of our first four strikes, George Marsh showed great commitment in holding midfield as captain and Joe Muscatt – one of the more senior members of the side – was also influential at right-back and got himself on the scoresheet in the league for the first time as we constantly got forward with energy and purpose.
There was also a debut at this level for Under-16s defender TJ Eyoma with Joy Mukena commanding alongside him at centre-half.
We started as we meant to go on, attacking with verve, and were unlucky not to take the lead five minutes in when Jack Roles went for placement with his volley from Tracey’s right-sided cross but fired wide of Harry Beasley’s left-hand post.
Wolves were the ones to break the deadlock, though, as the lively Jordan Allan headed in from close range following a cross from the left on 11 minutes but we responded four minutes later as Tracey’s cross found Oakley-Boothe at the back post and he set up Roles to finish from six yards out.
We took a deserved lead on 19 minutes when Tracey picked out Oakley-Boothe on the left side of the area and, with one or two half-hearted appeals for offside from the Wolves defenders falling on deaf ears, the youngster finished inside the near post from a tight angle.
It was 3-1 on 26 minutes as Oakley-Boothe exhibited some great footwork to get down the left side of the area before squaring for Ryan Loft to convert from close range.
Zenon Stylianides was then denied by defender Dion Sanderson as he tried to squeeze the ball home at the near post while Alfie Whiteman made a flying save to keep out an audacious effort from Allan as Wolves tried to muster a response. Ross Finnie drilled through the crowd but well wide just afterwards as the visitors closed out the first period with control of the ball.
We came out purposefully once again after the break, though, and secured a three-goal cushion when Loft leapt high in the air at the back post to steer Tracey’s right-wing cross into the net with his outstretched leg on 52 minutes.
Allan almost pulled one back for Wolves two minutes later when Nicu Carnat played him in behind Mukena but his shot hit the base of the far post and Whiteman was able to pounce on the ball as it rolled across the face of goal.
Mukena headed wide from a corner as we kept the pressure on before goal number five arrived 20 minutes into the half. Great work by Muscatt in the attacking third saw the ball rolled out to Dylan Duncan on the right and his fellow substitute Aramide Oteh slid in at the back post to convert his out-swinging cross.
Keanan Bennetts, also off the bench, produced a good save from Beasley before Muscatt’s cross-shot from the right sailed over the keeper’s head and into the far top corner to make it 6-1 with 74 minutes gone.
Wolves responded 60 seconds later when the grounded Eyoma was penalised for handball 20 yards out and Carnat curled home the resulting free-kick before the visitors further reduced the arrears 10 minutes from time as Allan left Whiteman stranded at the edge of his area but went down under pressure from Eyoma, with the front man dusting himself down to score the consequent penalty.
We kept our concentration, though, and Duncan brought up number seven when he stepped to one side and coolly drilled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box on 89 minutes. We attacked straight away after that as well, but Oteh’s shot flew just wide. Nevertheless, it was a job well done as our youngsters sealed a deserved return to winning ways.
Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Muscatt, Tsaroulla, Marsh, Mukena, Eyoma, Tracey, Roles, Loft (Oteh 61), Stylianides (Duncan 61), Oakley-Boothe (Bennetts 61). Substitute (not used): Austin (GK).