won a close FA Youth Cup tie with Liverpool at Anfield on penalties to
go through to the Fifth Round.
The hosts took an early lead in the seventh
minute, with Danny Guthrie and Conal Platt linking well to put full back
Danny Smith through on the overlap. Smith's ball across the six
yard area was tapped home by Karl Noon to put Liverpool 1-0 ahead.
Tottenham hit back quickly though, as
Andy Barcham took a through pass from Mark Wright and 30 yards out,
swerved past one player in the area and buried a low drive past keeper
Roberts to make it 1-1 within five minutes.
Chances came at both ends, as Forecast
saved well from Platt and then three efforts in a goalmouth scramble at
the Liverpool end from Barcham and Simon Dawkins were kicked off the
line, before the keeper dived on the ball in the 22nd minute.
Barcham's shot brought a very good save from Roberts and substitute
Radwan Hamed's pace always made the Reds back line wary of a
breakthrough. Barcham turned away from Threlfall on the halfway
line and raced through to make Roberts save once more, ten minutes after
the interval and there was some good fortune for the Liverpool keeper
when he dropped a cross, which looked suspiciously over the line before
he grabbed it back and the ref waved play on. Spurs had a shout
for a penalty, when O'Hara's shot was parried by the 'Pool keeper, but
was seemingly dragged back as he went for the rebound, although the
referee did not whistle.
While the home team had lots of the
ball, they could not find a way through to goal and it was their own
keeper who once more denied Tottenham with a save 14 minutes from time
from Scott Thyer and then Ifil had a shot deflected wide. Tommy
Forecast had to be quick on his feet to reach a Barratt header that
floated over him, but he tipped it over the bar and right at the death,
Liverpool almost snuck a winner, but when substitute Barnett played Noon
in, his shot was too near Forecast and he saved it well with his legs.
Into extra time, Leigh Mills went
close with a header from a corner. Then a substitute almost
scored, when Phil Townley shot well over the top from Platt's cross and
Barcham seized on a Roberts fumble to crash a shot against the bar.
Forecast raced out to block a Hitchen burst through the Spurs defence,
but there were few other chances and the match went to a penalty
shoot-out to decide who would go through.
Danny Guthrie took the first penalty and Forecast leapt to save it with
a fine stop. Jamie O'Hara stepped up and scored the first
Tottenham spot-kick, before defender Threlfall stepped up to score his
attempt. Phil Ifil and Charlie Lee scored their penalties, being
equalled by Townley, before James Frayne's kick was saved by Tommy
Forecast. Scott Thyer could have won the game for Tottenham, but
Roberts saved his penalty with his legs, but the linesman deemed that he
had moved before the kick was taken, so Thyer had a second chance and
made no mistake this time to wrap up a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win.
Liverpool - Dave Roberts,
Jordan Holmes, Danny Smith, Adam Hitchen, Robbie
Threlfall, Danny Guthrie (c), Adam Hammill (Charlie Barnett 42), Jay Spearing,
Karl Noon (Phil Townley 102), Conal Platt (James Frayne 112), Paul
Subs not used : Jimmy Ryan, Sam
Spurs - Tommy Forecast, Phil
Ifil, Mark Wright, Stuart Lewis, Leigh Mills, Charlie Lee, Jamie Davis
(Richard Heller 113), Simon Dawkins (Radwan Hamed 85), Andy
Barcham, Jamie O'Hara, Joe Martin (Scott Thyer 59)
Subs not used : David Button,
Attendance : - ,
Referee : K J Mattocks