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Jack Roles Shines As Spurs U21 Narrowly Lose On Penalties [video]

By The Boy -

Checkatrade Trophy 2018-19

Group 1

Checkatrade Stadium, Broadfield, Crawley

Tuesday 4th September 2018, 8pm

(All Red) (White/Blue)
4-4-2 5-4-1
1(0) 1(0)

Crawley win penalty shootout 5-3

Spurs’ opening game in the group was at the aptly named Checkatrade Stadium against a managerless Crawley Town. Harry Kewell left to join Notts County last week and left Jim Smith and Filipe Morais in charge. The match was delayed due to servere trouble on the M23 which my SatNav kept trying to get me to join.

It was evening and the hosts used the match to give new signings N’Gala and Sesay their first games as well as using their squad making severn changes from Saturday. Spurs had four U-18 players in the squad starting with two at the back in Walcott and Binks partnered with Dinzeyi.

The only player with league experience, Shayon Harrison, led the line.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind the three centrebacks, Dinzeyi on the right, Walcott in the middle and Binks to the left. Marsh was the right wingback and Brown the left. Bowden anchored a midfield diamond with Maghoma and Oakley-Boothe providing width and Roles at the attacking point. It was very flexible as the three attacking midfielders changed positions continually during the game. Harrison led the line but again often tracked back into the middle of the diamond.

Spurs defended the north end in the first half which saw both sides play open expansive football.

Spurs concentrating on their passing while Town moved the ball forward quickly. Harrison had a first minute effort blocked with Maghoma firing wide and Oakley-Boothe hitting over. The Reds gradually imposed themselves on the Spurs players with Brown making a saving tackle on Randall in the twentieth minute before Bulman fired over. Harrison drew the first save from Mersin for a corner. Austin then had to make his first save from Allarakhia turning it away for a corner.

As the half ended Harrison fired over and McNeaney up from the back drove wide.

Crawley made one change for the start of the second half which saw both sides get more stuck in with the foul count rising. Brown expecting a layoff by Maghoma run into him which necessitated both players needing treatment. Spurs opened the scoring when Bulman gave Harrison the ball in the area. The striker turned and drove in off the far post. A free kick was half cleared to Marsh but he fired over.

Crawley were level from a free kick that Young put into the area and the massive frame of N’Gala saw him hold off defenders to fire in. Roles played the ball up to Harrison on the edge of the area for him to turn and shoot and bring a good save from Mersin at his left post. The outstanding Roles drew a save himself before Crawley should have taken the lead. A poor backpass let in Poleon but Austin was out quickly to save and Binks blocked Young from scoring from the rebound.

When Harrison was caught by a tough tackle the ball ran loose to Brown who went for goal but Mersin saved his effort. Harrison had to go off and was replaced by Parrott. Spurs second change saw Bennett replace Oakley-Boothe on the left. Crawley looked to put the ball into the area as much as possible and from one free kick Austin punched the ball away catching Binks in the face. The crowd had a go at the young defender thinking it was time wasting.

Camara fired over and Randall was booked for a foul tussling with Roles on the byline. Crawley pushed for a winner as the game endered with McNeaney firing wide on the final whistle. With the game ending in a draw there was a penalty shootout for an extra point. Young went first for Crawley scoring emphaticly and was followed by Binks sending Mersin the wrong way. Poleon and Roles both netted their kicks as did Randall and Bowden. After Palmer netted for the home side Maghoma tried to place his in the top corner but Mersin saved which left Sesay to score the winning penalty to take the second point.

This was a good fairly even game with Spurs looking to play their normal passing game while Crawley showing what experienced players they were. Both sides got to grips with each other in the second half with less holding back. Crawley tried to impose their more physical style on the young Spurs players but they stood up to them and Roles showed that he was more than a match for them.

If the Spurs players learn from this they will be better prepared for Gillingham in the next group game in October. Before that they will play in the U-19 Champions League.

© Ray Lo – This article can be reproduced on the proviso that the Spur-List is credited.

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