Tottenham Hotspur  3 (1)                                                                    Manchester United  1 (1)
FA Youth Cup Round 5
Monday 9th February 2015                                                                                                            Kick off 19:00
White Hart Lane
Georgiou 14
Azzaoui  51
Georgiou  71
Rashford  21
Walker-Peters (simulation) 


Rashford (foul on Walkes)  


Crowd :   1,500+ Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Stephen Ross Assistant Referees :  Mr. A. De Costa; Mr. S. Pawley
Fourth Official :  Wade Norcott -
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 5 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Manchester United : kit
  1  Harry VOSS

  2  Kyle WALKER-PETERS     
  5  Christian MAGHOMA
  3  Anton WALKES

  4  Luke AMOS
  8  Zenon STYLIANIDES  (12  Charlie OWENS  83)

  7  Anthony GEORGIOU     
  9  Josh ONOMAH (c)  (14  Marcus EDWARDS 73)
11  Ismail AZZAOUI 

10  Shayon HARRISON  (16  Kazaiah STERLING 79)

Unused subs: 
13  Tom GLOVER

15  Ryan LOFT

    1  Dean HENDERSON

  2  Tyler REID
  4  Axel TUANZEBE (c)
  5  RoShaun WILLIAMS

  7  Joe RILEY
  6  Timothy FOSU-MENSAH
  8  Devonte REDMOND
10  Callum GRIBBIN
11  Zak DEARNLEY (14  Demetri MITCHELL 71)

  9  Marcus RASHFORD        

Unused subs:
12  Jordan THOMPSON
15  Ruairi CROSKERY
16  Charlie SCOTT


Manager :  Kieran McKenna Manager :  Paul McGuinness
Sponsor :   AIA Shirt sponsor :  Cheverolet
Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

Tottenham played in the spirit of the first team on a chilly night at White Hart Lane, which still held some of the warmth from Saturday's win over Arsenal, but the youngsters showed enough class to see off a talented Manchester United side and progress to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

With the bottom of the West Stand Lower filled and a bit of the away section containing an overspill of United fans with their flags proclaiming "Telford Reds", there was a boisterous atmosphere, with, I imagine, about ten members of the 1882 club providing noise from the Tottenham Boys, much to the disgust of the elderly Spurs fan in front of me, who shot them looks that could kill every time they piped up.  We could have done without the swearing from them though, with such a large number of very young fans in attendance.

As it was, the game started reasonably quietly, with each side checking each other out.  Ismail Azzaoui looked keen to get on the ball on Tottenham's left wing, but was crowded out most times, while Zenon Styliandies and Luke Amos tigerishly won tackles in midfield.  Spurs had put in a couple of crosses, which tested United keeper Henderson and he looked less than comfortable underneath them.  For their part, the United central defensive pairing snapped into tackles and their midfield struggled to hold onto the ball, as they were pressured by their opposite numbers in the Spurs team and lacked the accuracy and sharpness of passing as the home team.

It was the Belgian Azzaoui who almost opened the scoring with a shot at goal that took a deflection which took the ball wide. From the second phase of play following the corner, Ismail lifted a high ball back into the goalmouth, where centre half Christian Maghoma jumped higher than the keeper's outstretched arms and headed the ball at goal, but it went inches wide of the far post. Maghoma looked as though he didn't think the keeper would fail to reach it and wasn't aware of where the header would go.

When Maghoma moved forward again, his near post flick was blocked out for another corner, this time on the Tottenham left. Azzaoui took it and played it in low and fast to the near post. Anton Walkes moved to flick it on, but the ball ran right across the six yard box for Anthony Georgiou to move onto it and knock it into the net from close range to give Tottenham a 20th minute lead. You could see that reaction from the players showed how much it meant to them.

But that lead was only five minutes old, when a soft free-kick was given to United just over 25 yards out for a shoulder to shoulder challenge by Carter-Vickers. When United's striker Marcus Rashford stepped up to take it, he bent it perfectly over the wall and just inside Harry Voss' left hand post and beyond his dive. It was a very good goal, but the player blotted his copybook shortly after, when he took down Walkes and earned a booking for his unnecessary foul. He was lucky to not see red as he deserved another yellow for his refusal to come to the referee when beckoned. It was a show of disrespect that referees should really be stamping out at this age group, otherwise, it continues and gets worse as their career develops.

United failed to capitalise on their goal, with long diagonal balls trying to catch out the Spurs defence, but usually being over-hit. Any through passes were well picked off by the central defenders, but Tottenham began making inroads on the left with Azzaoui's skills providing an effective outlet, while Georgiou's direct running on the right was another avenue of attack.  Shayon Harrison was leading the line, with Josh Onomah supporting from just behind him, with the former hitting a low shot that forced the keeper into a save. The rest if the half was played out in midfield with possession being exchanged, although Spurs had the more attacking intent.

Half time saw no changes and the teams lined up for the restart, with a slower start and few clear openings created.  Voss had little to do and the only threat on the United goal was a shot from Georgiou. When the winger got another shot away, it was blocked and Walkes followed up, but could only loop the ball onto the top of the goal net with a header. United did pose a bit of a threat, with their number three Cameron Borthwick-Jackson getting forward to find the net, but the linesman's flag denied him, as he had been offside.

Six minutes after the interval, Spurs opened up the United defence. Building it from the back, the ball was worked through midfield to Onomah, who showed great maturity, he squared the ball to his left to allow Azzaoui to delicately lift the ball over the advancing Henderson to put Tottenham ahead again. It was a well built move and a classy finish from the winger who has now scored in each round of this competition this season.

There was an embarrassing moment, but I am not sure who for.  Walker-Peters showed great pace to break forward and race into the Manchester United box, but as he saw Fosu-Mensah coming, he hurdled the tackle, leaving the referee to rush over and book the Spurs full back for diving. He didn't appeal for a penalty and it seemed a harsh yellow card. Things almost got worse, when he later called captain Onomah over to speak to him after Walker-Peters threw the ball up in the air after he had conceded a free-kick. Odd in that he let Rashford get away with a blatant show of disrespect earlier in the match. Added to the fact that Rashford also kicked the ball away when he had also given away a free-kick.

Spurs were building up the pressure on the United goal, with some crisp passing and good movement, but they were being repelled by some desperate defending, with shots being blocked as Tottenham built moves around the edge of the United box. There was one chance for United that caused some concern, when Tyler raced forward from the back and left Kyle Walker-Peters trailing, but when he got into the area, he could not find the power behind his effort and Voss saved it well.

However, in Tottenham's next attack, they put the result beyond United's youngsters. Walker-Peters played the ball along the right wing to Georgiou, who cut inside and as the keeper got stuck on his line and with no defender staying with him, he cut his shot across Henderson and into the far side of the goal to make it 3-1. It was another well taken chance and gave Spurs breathing space with 19 minutes left and United expected to come strong before the end.

Azzaoui came off, with 16 year old Marcus Edwards replacing him and Georgiou switched to the left wing.  Kazaiah Sterling came on as a sub for Harrison and then Charlie Owens brought on fresh legs for the industrious Stylianides, with Sterling testing the opposition defence with his darting runs and the keeper with two good shots. Edwards also missed by a narrow margin as he managed to squirm his way into the United penalty box.

With the game coming into two minutes of added time, Spurs had to be strong to hold out from a final push by United. Voss beat out one shot from inside the area and then held the second, before Tyler moved forward and getting a shot off, but it slipped past the left hand post of the Spurs goal and that was the game won and an away tie against Forest in the next round.

There were elements of the first team's match against Arsenal, with the two defensive midfielders busy the whole game, closing and harrying the United players on the ball. It dictated the tempo of the match and the way that Spurs moved the ball wide which stretched the United team, who were narrower in their set-up. Rashford was less effective in the second half, as the defence, superbly marshalled by Cameron Carter-Vickers, clamped down every time United came forward.

Spurs were impressive and while they had struggled past Wolves in the last round after taking the lead, this performance was well rounded and the win well deserved.


My view of the Spurs players who took part are : -

Harry Voss : - Solid in his shot-stopping, but his handling could be a bit more reassured.
Communicates well with his defenders and they seem to have confidence in him.

Kyle Walker-Peters : - Pacy and good with the ball at his feet, he did get caught out once, when covering on the other side of the pitch, when Tyler went forward. Good defending and better going forward.

Anton Walkes : - A solid performance from Walkes, who kept his opponent wide and rarely got beaten. Also found himself in forward positions which lead to the first goal.

Cameron Carter-Vickers : - Dominating presence in the heart of the defence. A strong head on young shoulders, Carter-Vickers showed why he is so highly rated with an experienced reading of the play, which allowed him to cut out a lot of attacks before they developed.

Christian Maghoma : - A good partner alongside Carter-Vickers and he had a similar game. Good in the air at both ends of the pitch and assured in possession enough to bring the ball out from the back.

Luke Amos : - Gave everything in a performance as one of the defensive midfielders to break up play and put pressure on United's players. Forced mistakes and when in possession, used the ball sensibly.

Harry Stylianides : - Worked in tandem with Amos to give a performance that limited the forward moves that United tried to build. Keen on getting forward, he had the engine to cover the ground and his late substitution was a chance for fresh legs to fill in towards the end.

Josh Onomah : - Onomah's role as captain gave him the responsibility that sat easily on his shoulders. A calm presence in midfield, playing just behind Harrison, his passing helped keep Spurs moving forward.

Ismail Azzaoui : - Initially unsure on the ball, but after the first ten minutes, he settled and looked strong on the ball and was able to spot good passes to team-mates. Took his goal with great confidence.

Anthony Georgiou : - Dynamic and hard-working, he took both his goals well and his reading of the game got him into those positions.

Shayon Harrison : - Played the lone striker role well, holding up the ball until he got support and kept the United defence occupied. An intelligent performance.

Marcus Edwards : - Tiny in comparison to the rest of the players, but his low centre of gravity helped him turn players and he showed good skill on the ball. His little legs move fast.

Kazaiah Sterling : - Pacy, confident runner with the ball and good at getting into shooting positions.
Strong on the ball for a player who looks light-weight.

Charlie Owens : - Didn't have a lot of opportunity to get into the game, but looked to get forward and had enough nous to get back when required.

Marco van Hip



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