Tottenham Hotspur 2 (1)
Chelsea 0 (0)
FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
Monday 5th March 2015 Kick off 19:45
White Hart Lane
Amos (foul on Palmer) 75
|Crowd : 2,000+||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : L Collins||Assistant Referees : Mr. D. Leach; Mr. I. Cooper|
|Fourth Official : C. Brook||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
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Shayon HARRISON (16
Kazaiah STERLING 58
|Manager : Kieran McKenna||Manager : Joe Edwards|
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In a FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg, Spurs took a 2-0 lead against Chelsea with a good, determined and skilful performance that saw both sides play some pleasing, open football, but the difference between the sides came in the finishing, with two well-taken goals handing Tottenham the advantage.
Changes to the Spurs side saw Australian keeper Tom Glover take over from Harry Voss between the posts, with Charlie Owens coming into midfield in the place of the injured Anthony Georgiou. Chelsea looked to have fielded a first choice team with Colkett and Musonda their key players.
The Tottenham youngsters kicked off and looked comfortable in possession and had the first chance within two minutes, when Shayon Harrison was played in in the box and hit the target with a low shot, but goalkeeper Collins saved with his feet. Then Chelsea attacked with Musonda taking the ball forward from midfield and getting a shot away, which the blue shirts appealed had hit his hand, but the referee played on. There was another chance for the visitors when Isaiah Brown made a run inside along the 18 yard line before playing it to Scott, who blasted his shot way too high with a lack of composure. Maghoma did well to block an effort from Abrahams, as Chelsea were moving the ball forward, but there looked little to worry Glover in the Spurs goal, which couldn't be said at the other end, when Tomori played a back pass to Chelsea goalie Collins and Onomah closed him down quickly, forcing the keeper to clear hurriedly.
For all the good passing and movement, there were few chances o goal and Solanke's wild shot wide was symptomatic of Chelsea's finishing, while Spurs were finding it difficult to get through the massed ranks of blue shirts that got behind the ball very time they were in possession. Aina drove forward on the right to deliver a dangerous cross in front of the Spurs goal, but Abraham was too far behind to get a touch in what was the best chance, just after he had a free header from a corner and put it over, before Josh Onomah opened the scoring in the 41st minute. The partnership between Harrison and Onomah showed it's benefit when Shayon found captain Josh and he got the bounce of the ball just outside the box, when a tackle failed to deprive him of the ball. Taking it on to the edge of the box, he hit an early shot that caught Collins out, with the ball seeming to go underneath him, as he dived late and could not stop it entering the net to give Spurs the lead just before half-time.
Kyle Walker-Peters did well to block a Solanke shot just after the goal, but in truth, it looked as though it was going to be off target.
After the break, with no
changes to either team, Chelsea almost got back in the game straight
after the re-start, when a clearance hit Solanke and almost went
into the Tottenham goal, but it missed by about two feet.
Onomah's shot went wider than that when he found himself in the box
and drove across goal, with nobody latching onto it and the ball
ending up going for a goal-kick. The footwork from both teams
was impressive and technically, they looked highly competent.
Chelsea looked the physically stronger side, but Cameron
Carter-Vickers in the heart of the Tottenham defence was
outstanding, reading the game well and for a short-ish centre-half,
he won a lot in the air ... and he is the best part of a year
younger than the rest of the players.
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