|MARINE 0 (0)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5 (4)|
|Date : – 10th January 2021||Kick off : – 17.00|
|Competition : – FA Cup Third Round||Venue : – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|Crowd : – 0,000|
|Referee : – Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Linesmen : – Mr. Simon Bennett; Mr. Gary Beswick|
|Fourth official : – Andre Marriner|
|Weather : – Cold, some light rain|
|Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the College Road end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 3 minutes
|Vinicius 23m 13s|
|Vinicius 29m 42s|
|Moura 31m 56s|
|Vinicius 36m 56s|
|Devine 59m 45s|
|Joyce (foul on Doherty) 78|
|1.||Bayleigh PASSANT||12.||Joe HART|
|2.||Josh SOLOMON-DAVIES||2.||Matt DOHERTY|
|17.||Adam HUGHES ( 18. Michael HOWARD 46)||4.||Toby ALDERWEIRELD ( 25. Japhet TANGANGA 46)|
|5.||Anthony MILEY||14.||Joe RODON|
|6.||David RAVEN ( 15. Danny SHAW 81)||33.||Ben DAVIES (c) ( 3. Sergio REGUILON 71)|
|17.||Moussa SISSOKO ( 54. Alfie DEVINE 46 )|
|8.||Josh HMAMI ( 4. Alex DOYLE 67)||48.||Harvey WHITE|
|20.||James DEVINE ( 14. Kenny STRICKLAND 75)|
|11.||James BARRIGAN||30.||Gedson FERNANDES|
|20.||DELE Alli ( 9. Gareth BALE 65)|
|7.||Neil KENGNI||27.||Lucas MOURA ( 47. Jack CLARKE 65)|
|9.||Niall CUMMINGS (c) ( 16. Ryan WIGNALL 75)|
|12.||Germano LUIS-MENDES||22.||Paulo GAZZANIGA|
|19.||James ELLISON||6.||Davinson SANCHEZ|
|21.||David LYNCH||7,||Heung-Min SON|
|Manager : – Neil Young||Manager : – Jose Mourinho|
|Kit Supplier : – Macron||Kit Supplier : – Nike|
|Shirt Sponsor : – Marine Travel||Shirt Sponsor : – AIA
|Colours : –
Shorts : – Black
Socks : – Black
|Colours : –|
|Images of kits courtesy of the marvellous Colours of Football website|
With 161 places separating the two teams in league positions, it was the tight Marine Arena ground and bobbly pitch, with a bit of rain in the air and a gusty breeze that made for a leveller between the two teams who are so far apart in the league system. However, despite a scare at 0-0, Tottenham put in a professional performance to demonstrate the gulf between the two sides without having to risk the top players or to work up too much of a sweat on a freezing cold night.
Spurs took control of the match from the kick-off and enjoyed possession and territorial superiority without causing too much of a threat on the Marine goal. Moura had a good run in the ninth minute finishing with a powerful but wild shot over the bar from the 18-yard line. A couple of free-kicks came to nothing and Dele put a weak shot straight at the keeper.
The need for Spurs to make the most of their chances when Kengni hit a dipping shot that struck the crossbar from 30 yards after initially picking up the ball near the halfway line. Hart had left it initially, thinking it was going over, but then needed to put the ball over the top as it looked as though it might drop back in front of the goal. It was a reminder that there is a fine line between success and failure.
Five minutes later, Harvey White played a good ball forward to Dele, who came inside to pick out Doherty’s run on the right into the box. He volleyed at goal and Passant made a good save to keep it out, but the ball dropped for Vinicius, who was a bit further out this time, slotting home from two feet out. The Marine players had failed to be alert to the possibility of a loose ball and the Brazilian centre-forward snaffled a goal with no opposition player near him.
Spurs were in a spell where their quick passing was too much for the non-league outfit and a foul on Lucas gave Tottenham a free-kick just right of centre 22 yards out. The Brazilian pulled rank on White, who had started out taking the free-kicks and he stepped up to curl it beyond the keeper’s dive to his right to quickly make the score 3-0.
With a shot blocked in the Marine area, the game quickly moved to the Spurs end and Joe Rodon had to make good ground as Joyce was teed up for a shot on target from the left-hand channel about 20 yards out. The Welsh central defender threw a block to keep the ball away from goal, with a perceptive piece of defending. Tottenham more or less had the game wrapped up five minutes before the break, as Dele took a ball on the right side of the area after it had not been fully cleared, playing the ball back for Gedson, whose intended return pass was intercepted, but went to Vinicius a couple of yards inside the penalty area. Surrounded by gold and black shirts, he took the ball under control and then, as the ball bounced off an incoming tackle, he had time to take a touch and loft the ball gently into the keeper’s top right-hand corner out of his reach for his hat-trick goal. It was a delicate piece of finishing that put the ball into the net with precision rather than power.
Sissoko and Alderweireld went off at half-time, with Alfie Devine making his first team debut and Japhet Tanganga slotting into defence. Marine brought a forward on for a defender and went four at the back instead of the five they had in the first half. Dele dropped deeper to pull the strings as there was space in midfield, with White getting a heavy blow on his shin when he went into a tackle in front of the benches.
Gedson played a pass to Dele, that was a little short and as he was tackled the ball ran through to Lucas Moura inside the left-hand corner of the box. He back-heeled it to Alfie Devine, who had run beyond him into the area and the teenager cut inside before drilling a low shot in at the keeper’s near post. It was a brilliant moment for the 16-year old, showing good awareness and good skill to finish with aplomb.
Lucas was terrorising the home defence and his pace took him away from defenders, who had to resort to fouls to stop him. It led to him being substituted and Dele went with him, as Jose brought on Bale and Clarke to try and open up the Marine defence. Bale almost immediately had a free-kick that he dipped over the wall and the keeper scooped the ball away with some difficulty. Clarke took a run at the back four and set up a shot for White, who took it too hurriedly on his wrong foot and skied it. Oliver finally got his yellow card out when Joyce couldn’t live with Doherty’s pace and dragged him down crudely. It was followed by a blatant body-check on Gedson by Doyle, as the non-league side were run ragged. They did get forward and Rodon made another block from a Kengni effort that should have started a breakaway, but Gedson’s pass was not weighted well enough to find Bale.
In added on time, Bale set Devine away on the right and his square ball was in to Vinicius’ feet, turning on it to fire the ball wide from five yards out.
Safely through, Spurs retired to the wedding function room and BBC pundit Ian Wright was left to ponder on what he would do with his Marine FC beanie hat that he so wanted to wear with pride when they knocked Tottenham out of the FA Cup. Having given the eighth tier club advice on how to beat Spurs, it may be a reminder to stick to being in the studio.
At the age of 16 years and 163 days, Alfie Devine became the youngest player to play for Tottenham Hotspur and the youngest to score for the club.
|AFC Bournemouth||4||Oldham Athletic||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||0||Doncaster Rovers||1|
|Blackpool (won 3-2 on pens)||2||West Bromwich Albion||2|
|Bristol Rovers||2||Sheffield United||3|
|Burnley (won 4-3 on pens)||1||MK Dons||1|
|Cheltenham Town (a.e.t.)||2||Mansfield Town||1|
|Crawley Town||3||Leeds United||0|
|Everton (a.e.t.)||2||Rotherham United||1|
|Exeter City||0||Sheffield Wednesday||2|
|Frank Lampard’s Chelsea||4||Morecambe||0|
|Huddersfield Town||2||Plymouth Argyle||3|
|Manchester City||3||Birmingham City||0|
|Newport County||1||Brighton & Hove Albion (won 4-3 on pens)||1|
|Norwich City||2||Coventry City||0|
|Nottingham Forest||1||Cardiff City||0|
|Queens Park Rangers||0||Fulham||2|
|South Coast Big Club||P||Shrewsbury Town||P|
|Stoke City||0||Leicester City||4|
|Woolwich Wanderers (a.e.t.)||2||Newcastle United||0|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1||Crystal Palace||0|
|Stockport County||–||West Ham United London||–|
|Wycombe Wanderers||4||Preston North End||1|
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