Spurs Under-21s Football League Trophy Match Reports 

26.10.2021 Oxford United’s 3-2 win over the Spurs Under-21 side was a blow to their hopes of progressing from the EFL Trophy Southern Group H game at the Kassam Stadium.

The U’s changed all their outfield players  and the change did them good, as Jamie Hanson followed up Billy Bodin’s blocked effort to beat Thimothee Lo-Tutala from inside the box with a low effort inside two minutes of the kick-off.  The Spurs keeper did well to save from Dan Agyei when one-on-one and keep Spurs in the game, until the 24th minute when Harvey White’s ball through to Dilan Markanday drew Luke McNally into a rash challenge and he was booked in conceding a penalty, which Dane Scarlett fired in past the keeper’s dive to level things up.

The equaliser only lasted for four minutes, as Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s clearing header fell to Joel Cooper, who fired it back first time from the edge of the penalty area to find the net.  Scarlett and Nile John had shots fizz just wide, but Lo-Tutala made good stops from Bodin either side of the half-time break, the second when a clearance was charged down leaving the Oxford striker through on goal.

McGuane scraped the post with a low shot before Gorrin smashed a shot in from the right-hand corner of the penalty box with 65 minutes gone to make it 3-1.  Lo-Tutala did marvellously to react to a deflection off Maksim Paskotsi to stop the ball on the goal-line, giving Spurs the chance to stay in touch with Oxford, as Jack Clarke forced Eastwood into a near post stop.  Spurs were given a lifeline when McNally flew into another challenge on Scarlett and picked up his second yellow that took him off for an early bath.  

There were 20 minutes left when United were reduced to ten men, but the advantage in numbers didn’t help significantly, although Markanday struck the far post with a shot from the left and Scarlett could not get enough tonto the rebound to make it count.  Spurs did cut the lead to 3-2 in the 90th minute when a short corner was worked by Clarke, who drove in a low shot across the keeper to score, but the remainder of the match ebbed away without Spurs further troubling the Oxford goal.

Teams : –
Cambridge United : –   Simon Eastwood, Anthony Forde, Jamie Hanson (James Golding 78), Alex Gorrin  , Luke McNally    , John Mousinho (c), Marcus McGuane (O’Donkor 77), Josh Johnson, Dan Agyei, Billy Bodin (Josh Anifowose 87), Joel Cooper.
Unused subs. : –   Kie Plumley, Michael Elechi, Adam Smith
Manager : –  Karl Robinson
Shirt sponsor : –  EB Charging
Colours : –  Yellow shirt with dark blue trim, Dark Blue shorts with yellow under-leg stripe, Yellow socks with one thin dark blue line around shin
Kit supplier : – Puma
Spurs : – Timothee Lo-Tutala, Michael Craig (Marcel Lavinier 75), Kallum Cesay, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Maksim Paskotsi, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Harvey White (c), Nile John (Yago Santiago 77), Jack Clarke, Dane Scarlett, Dilan Markanday

Unused subs : –  Adam Hayton, Tobi Omole, Marqes Muir, Rafferty Pedder, Romaine Mundle
Manager : – Wayne Burnett
Colours : – White shirts, White shorts, Navy blue socks
Kit supplier : –  Nike
Shirt sponsor : –  AIA
Referee : –  Christopher Pollard
Attendance : –  1,702

22.09.2021 Cambridge United claimed victory in this EFL Trophy Southern Group H game at the Abbey Stadium, but the 1-0 score-line doesn’t tell the whole story.

Facing a U’s side with former Spurs Jubril Okedina re-installed after being out for six weeks injured in a much-changed side from their win over Portsmouth the previous weekend, the Spurs Under-21s were welcoming back Alfie Devine and Nile John who were absent from the win over Stevenage. A minute’s applause for the death of Jimmy Greaves was held before kick-off.

The home team started briskly and in the third minute when a through ball from May sent Lankester away, attempting a chip over Josh Oluwayemi which had to be headed over the bar by a covering Kallum Cesay.  Spurs hit back with Harvey White’s 20 yarder surprised Kai McKenzie-Lyle, who scrambled the ball round the post and then Alfie Devine forced the keeper to a sharp save at his near post as the shot came in from an acute angle.  Halfway through the half, George Williams came inside from the left wing to shoot at the Tottenham goal, but a deflection took it just wide of the goal and the corner was met by United defender Lloyd Jones, but it was blocked.  A good forward run by Harvey White set up Dilan Markanday for a shot that flashed wide in the 38th minute.

Spurs looked the most likely side in the opening exchanges in the second half, as Markanday turned his marker but his effort was blocked by Jones.  16 year old Kai Yearn came off the bench to force Oluwayemi to save from his shot from outside the area and Jack Clarke missed by inches at the other end, but the Spurs keeper was helpless in the 71st minute when Cambridge went ahead.  Lankester volleyed a left wing cross that looked to be going wide until Sam Smith re-directed it with his head leaving Oluwayemi with no chance.  

The reaction to the goal saw Nile John make the U’s keeper dive low to save John’s shot from a narrow angle in the 76th minute and with five minute left, Devine met a cross to the far post and was disappointed to see it hit the side-netting that meant that United took the points and record two wins out of two.

Teams : –
Cambridge United : –  Kai McKenzie-Lyle, George Williams (Leon Davies 63), Harrison Dunk (c), Jensen Weir, Lloyd Jones (Jack Iredale 77), Jubril Okedina, Ben Worman, Adam May (Kai Yearn 63), Sam Smith, Harvey Knibbs, Jack Lankester  .
Unused subs. : –   Will Mannion, James Brophy, Liam O’Neil, Joe Ironside
Manager : –  Mark Bonner
Shirt sponsor : –  Mick George Group
Colours : –  Amber shirt with black ladder pattern, Black Shorts, Amber socks with two thin amber bands on turnover
Kit supplier : – Hummel
Spurs : –  Josh Oluwayemi  , Matthew Craig, Kallum Cesay (Michael Craig 86), Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (c) (Yago Santiago 69), Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole, Nile John, Harvey White, Dilan Markanday, Alfie Devine, Jack Clarke

Unused subs : –  Timothee Lo-Tutala, Rafferty Pedder, Maksim Paskotsi, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Marcel Lavinier
Manager : – Wayne Burnett
Colours : – All white
Kit supplier : –  Nike
Shirt sponsor : –  AIA
Referee : –  Carl Boyeson
Attendance : –  2,025  (182 away fans)   [courtesy of the CUFC website].

31.08.2021 Tottenham’s Under-23s were away to Stevenage at their normal home venue, but won this EFL Trophy Southern Group H game against their landlords 4-3 with two goals in each half even though we lost Romain Mundle in the warm-up, being carried off with a muscle injury.

Dilan Markanday tested goalkeeper Sacha Bastien with an early shot and only eight minutes had gone when Harvey White put Spurs into the lead with a shot into the roof of the net from Jack Clarke’s low cross from the left wing.  Yago Santiago made it 2-0 in the 24th minute, when Markanday did well on the halfway line and set the Spaniard away to reach the penalty area, cut back onto his right foot and fire across the keeper.  Stevenage came back into the game as it approached half-time and James Daly reduced the arrears on 42 minutes with a shot into the top corner and Bruno Andrade went close twice to equalising before the whistle went for the interval.

Spurs started the second half well and White shot just over after a defensive mix-up by Stevenage, but five minutes in, he finished off Markanday’s neat footwork in the area to provide a low ball that picked out the midfielder six yards out. Ross Marshall headed in a corner from Jack Smith to make it 3-2 with 63 minutes gone and it could have been all square had not Josh Oluwayemi not come out of his goal to block Daly when through one-on-one.  Instead, Spurs went 4-2 with 73 minutes on the clock.  White’s free-kick found Tobi Omole at the far post and although his shot was blocked, he played the rebound back across goal for Brooklyn Lyons-Foster to knock the ball into the net from close in.

Stevenage tried to get back into the match and Jamie Reid went close, with what turned out to be a consolation third goal scored in the 88th minute when Ben Coker crossed and Luther James-Wildin smashed the ball past Oluwayemi.  With six minutes of added time, our youngsters kept Stevenage away from the Spurs goal and secured the three points.

Teams : –
Stevenage : –  Sacha Bastien, Brad Barry (Luther James-Wildin 51), Ben Coker  , James Smith, Scott Cuthbert (c), Ross Marshall, Arthur Read, Chris Lines  , Luke Norris (Jamie Reid 74), James Daly, Bruno Andrade (Jake Taylor 51).
Unused subs. : –   Timmy Smith, Terence Vancooten, Alfie Williams, Finlay Johnson
Spurs : –  Josh Oluwayemi, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Marcel Lavinier, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (c)  , Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole  , Kallum Cesay, Harvey White  , Yago Santiago, Dilan Markanday (Rafferty Pedder 89), Jack Clarke
Unused subs : –  Adam Hayton, Jeremy Kyezu
Manager : – Wayne Burnett
Referee : –  Carl Brook
Attendance : – .