Spurs v Blackburn Rovers Reserves Match Reports
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17.01.2022 Spurs Under-23s were held to a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a Monday night meeting with Blackburn Rovers under floodlights that finished more like Joshua v Usyk than football match.

Dane Scarlett made a sharp start to the match, putting a header wide and then being unlucky to see his well-weighted volley rebound off the goal-post – all in the first ten minutes.  Sixteen minutes into the match, Jack Clarke exchanged passes on the 18 yard line with Alfie Devine, before striking the ball left-footed into the bottom corner of the net to the keeper’s right.

The goal had put Spurs on top and a half an hour in, Harvey White put a volley wide from inside the area and Kallum Cesay did well to dribble into a shooting position, but then he fired his shot was too high.  Clarke sent Michael Craig through in the 36th minute, but the Blackburn keeper, Jordan Eastham, saved the midfielder’s drive.  Just before half-time, Rovers started to move forward and Matthew Craig made a timely intervention to take the ball away from Jack Vale as he bore down on goal and Omole stayed with Connor McBride’s run to block his shot.

When the second half started, Blackburn continued as they had left off, with Josh Oluwayemi making a fine save from Vale, but he was helpless when McBride was quick to nick the ball off Kallum Cesay in the Tottenham box and then poke the ball into the net in the 65th minute.  Spurs responded well with Scarlett bringing a good stop from Eastham and then was inches away from meeting Cesay’s tempting cross. 

Devine made a great run, beating three Rovers players although his shot at the end of his run fizzed wide, being followed by a clever shot by Scarlett after he was found by White, but his dinked effort went just wide of the far post. In the last ten minutes, Oluwayemi had to be alert to keep out efforts from substitutes Leonard and Haddow, but a melee after the final whistle saw the referee flash red cards at Cesay and Omole, as well as Blackburn captain Garrett.

Teams : –
Spurs : –  Josh Oluwayemi, Kallum Cesay , Matthew Craig, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (Michael Craig 9), Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole    90+5, Jack Clarke (Yago Santiago 85), Harvey White (c), Dane Scarlett, Alfie Devine, Romaine Mundle (J’Neil Bennett 68)
Unused subs. : –  Thimothee Lo-Tutala, Marqes Muir
Manager : –  Wayne Burnett
Blackburn Rovers : –  Jordan Eastham, James Brown (Jay Haddow 72), Georgie Gent, Adam Wharton, George Pratt, Ashley Phillips, Samuel Durrant (Harry Leonard 79), Jake Garrett (c)    90+5, Jack Vale    21, Jared Harlock, Connor McBride (Luke Brennan 83)
Unused subs. : –  Antonis Stergiakis, Jake Batty
Manager : –  Billy Barr
Referee : –  Gary Parsons
Attendance : –  , 

17.09.2021 Six goals were shared between Spurs Under-23s and Blackburn Rovers on a Friday night at the Lancashire FA ground, with Spurs denied a late winning goal.

Both sides went for it from the start, with Nile John playing Alfie Devine through on goal, but his shot went wide and at the other end, Malachi Fagan-Walcott blocked well as Connor McBride took a shot at goal.  Lenni Cirino ran half the pitch to break into the Tottenham box, but his finish failed him as he hit the ball into the side-netting.  It was fourteen minutes after kick-off that the deadlock was broken and it was Spurs who did so.  Nile John kept his composure to fire a low drive across the keeper to find the net and in the 27th minute, the lead was doubled when Jack Clarke’s cross gave Harvey White the opportunity to plant a header beyond the keeper.  

Spurs lost their concentration and bookings came quickly before half-time, as Spurs allowed Blackburn to level the score.  Firstly, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s foul allowed Bradley Johnson to drive in a free kick on the edge of the box with 38 minutes elapsed and then Malachi Fagan-Walcott was adjudged to have fouled in the box and McBride converted the penalty with a minute left before half-time.  In that minute, White struck the bar with a free-kick and then in added time, his right-wing corner was played into the six-yard box where Tobi Omole forced the ball over the goal-line to restore the Tottenham lead. 

Blackburn’s response was to go on the attack after the break, but Tottenham kept them away from goal, although a 68th shot by Luke Brennan deflected off Omole to beat Josh Oluwayemi.  Spurs tried to build some pressure on the Blackburn goal, but were unable to carve out any clear opportunities, although and 85th minute long-range Dilan Markanday shot did bring Antonis Stergiakis into action. 

Then, in the first minute of time added on at the end of the match, substitute Yago Santiago, played a precise pass through to Markanday, who hit a first-time shot that was blocked on the line by Cirino, with the referee spotting an arm being used.  It brought a red card for the Rovers defender and a chance for Spurs to win it at the death, but although White struck his penalty firmly, aiming at the bottom corner, the Blackburn keeper made a fantastic save to keep the ball out and thus ensure the points were shared.

Teams : –
Blackburn Rovers : –  Antonis Stergiakis, Joe Ferguson, Lenni Cirino
  90+1, Ashley Phillips    44, George Pratt    65, Bradley Johnson (c) (Adam Wharton 46), Sam Burns, Jared Harlock (James Edmundson 66), Connor McBride, Samuel Durrant (Zak Gilsenan 71), Luke Brennan
Unused subs. : –  Jordan Eastham, Patrick Gamble
Manager : –  Billy Barr
Spurs : – Josh Oluwayemi, Kallum Cesay, Matthew Craig, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (c)    36, Malachi Fagan-Walcott    42, Tobi Omole, Jack Clarke    40 (Yago Santiago 77), Harvey White, Dilan Markanday    20, Nile John    73 (Rafferty Pedder 85), Alfie Devine    43.
Unused subs. : –  Thimothee Lo-Tutala, Marcel Lavinier
Manager : –  Wayne Burnett
Referee : –  Andrew Miller
Attendance : –  , 


Spurs v Blackburn Rovers Youth Match Reports

12.03.2002 FA Youth Cup Quarter-final   (Home)    For a match report, click here.