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Spurs Game 2 2014

The 2nd Football Aid game to grace the pitch at White Hart Lane in 2014 was just as exciting as the 1st. It was another well fought contest between two great teams and though both played to an exceptionally high standard it was clear who the victors were, with the clinical Away team winning 0-8. Both teams had chances galore and the defences of both teams were stretched to their limit, but in the end one team simply had too much fire power up front, which coupled to a very rare clean-sheet earned by a great defensive performance from their backline, saw the Away's earn a comfortable win.

Date: Sunday 18th of May 2014
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur (Home) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Away)
Game 2
Kick off: 14:30 pm
Match Officials: Stuart Kenworthy, Thomas Jaggs, Thomas McCourt and Fabien Le Houezec

Morale was high in the dressing rooms as both teams looked forward to the game ahead. With the tactics set and boots laced, they marched out onto the perfect White Hart Lane pitch to face their opponents. The Away side started off the match but neither side looked to be dominating early on. The Away side soon started to step up their game though and play seemed to focus down the Home end, with the Away side getting a few chances but nothing in the way of goals yet.

The Home team nearly gave away a goal early on when a pass near the box was intercepted by Away Striker Sebastian Evans. He made it into the box and his chip that followed almost made it past Home keeper Carl Rye who had to dive to keep it out of the net.

Evans did open up the scoring for the Away side on 21 mins, but it was Sebastian’s brother Louie Evans who beat a defender and then the Home Keeper to slide the ball into an open goal. He wasn’t with out assistance, however, as Sebastian provided him with the through ball that allowed him to score (0-1).

This seemed to open the floodgates for the Away side and over the next 11 mins the team in Light Blue scored another 4 goals! The 2nd came when two long passes down field allowed No 11 Chris Green to play a low cross into the box. It was picked up by No 16 Paul Robertson after being missed by a defender. The skilful Scottish playmaker then beat the Keeper’s challenge and ran around him before firing the ball firmly into the back of the net (0-2).

Goal number three came from Sebastian Evans. A cross into the box was picked up by his brother Louie before being passed across the face of goal before Sebastian volleyed it home with little opposition (0-3).

Then Louie Evans secured the 4th when a pass from Paul Robertson found him in space. Under pressure from 2 defenders and no option to pass Evans took a great long shot from over 30 yards out that, even though the keeper got a hand to it, found the bottom left corner of the net (0-4).

Despite determined play by the Home side, their opponents seemed to be unstoppable, finding any gap available to them. They continually pushed back down the Home end and got chance after chance on goal. The Home defence led by centre halves David Preston and Ben Tapp and keeper Carl Rye worked well though, keeping out most of the chances but they couldn't stand up to the relentless assault of the Away attacking players.

The final scoring action for the half came from Sebastian Evans again, who not to be outdone by his brother also got his 2nd goal of the game. A missed pass came to Away No 4 Lloyd Skull who then sent a long ball forward behind the defence. Using his pace Evans picked up the ball and beat keeper Carl Rye who had come charging out and to add insult to injury walked to the goal before hammering the ball into the net (0-5).

With 15 mins of the half still to play the Home team soldiered on and didn't let their heads go down. They kept the score the same and prevented any more chances for the Away side. Half time came as a welcome rest to both teams after an intense 1st half in extremely hot conditions. Despite the goal difference the Home team were cheerful and optimistic, with plenty of discussion on how to make their come back. The Away team were of course delighted with their comfortable lead and relaxed until the time came to head back out.

Half Time: Tottenham Hotspur (Home) 0 - 5 Tottenham Hotspur (Away)

Play resumed at a high tempo with the Home team looking to get on the scoreboard. The Away side were not content to sit back, however, and were looking to extend their lead even further. The Home team almost managed to get on the board early in the 2nd half when a long pass came to the edge of the box and found No 6 Nicholas Moon. His pass to centre-mid Mark Sweetlove was cut off but the ball found Home Striker Brett Gritton who passed it back to Sweetlove. The former Goal of the Season contender then smashed a spectacular effort at goal but Away Keeper and Captain Ben Saunders was ready and made a great leap to get a hand to the ball and keep it out.

The Home team then came close from the resulting corner with only Saunders' face between them and goal but the ball rebounded to an Away player and the ball was swiftly sent down field. This was followed by end to end play on both sides nearly resulting in a couple of goals but neither effort found the net. However the Away side broke the drought when a misdirected clearance was headed to Striker Chris Green. He then passed it across to centre-mid Michael O’Hara who proceeded to beat two defenders before firing the ball across goal and into the net from a difficult angle (0-6).

Even with the score at 0-6 the Home side still refused to give up. They fought hard every time the ball came anywhere near their goal. Even a fantastic long pass down field straight to an attacker couldn’t get the better of the Home team. Goalkeeper Carl Rye even kept the rebound out, resulting in a tussle for the ball virtually on the goal line.

The two teams continued to press for goals and the Home side seemed like they were closing in on a goal as more and more chances presented themselves. 1st they had a free kick within range of the goal but it hit the wall. The rebound came back out and then was passed back into the box where it came to No 6 Nicholas Moon who kept the ball up with his right boot, turned and volleyed it at goal with his left. Only a great save from Keeper Ben Saunders kept him from getting a goal for his team!

The Away defence just wouldn’t give way though and it was the Home team that conceded the next goal. The play that led to the goal started when Away No 2 Jody Brooks stole the ball from the Home team and carried it to the half way line. He then passed it wide to Striker Chris Green who proceeded to outrun the defence before he passed the ball across goal to fellow Striker Sebastian Evans. His shot at goal was kept out by a defenders body and his shot from the rebound hit the post, however Chris Green was waiting at the back post and neatly tapped the ball over the line to make it 7th heaven for the Away side on 80 mins (0-7).

The Away side weren’t finished there either and struck again only 3 mins later. No 15 Darren Fox received a long pass right on the left side line and ran into the box before dummying his man and stepping beyond him. He then showed composure to pass across goal to No 5 Craig Brown who slid it beyond a defender and the Keeper to give the Away side their 8th and final goal (0-8).

The game ended soon afterwards with the impressive Away side victorious. The Home team were disappointed to have lost despite a fully committed performance, however the scoreline perhaps didn’t reflect how much effort was put in by the Home side and had luck been on their side it could have been a very different match. Both teams left the field to a huge round of applause from the Spurs fans high in the main stand and with the energy sapping conditions taking their toll the players were glad to join them soon afterwards and get their hands on a much needed glass of something cold!

Full time: Tottenham Hotspur (Home) 0 - 8 Tottenham Hotspur (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Carl Rye
Man of the Match Away: Louie Evans
Moment of the Match: Ben Saunders

Home Team: Carl Rye, Shaun Richards, David Preston, Ben Tapp, Nicholas Moon, Charlie Miller, Steve Hanks, Brett Gritton, Mark Sweetlove, Matthew Geppert, Jake Taverner (C), Darren Hunt, Michail Retsinas
Home Mascot: Ben Hunt

Away Team: Ben Saunders (C), Jody Brooks, Lloyd Skull, Craig Brown, Michael O'hara, Christopher O'Hara, John O'Hara, Sebastian Evans, Louie Evans, Chris Green, Darren Fox, Paul Robertson, John O'Hara (A8)
Away Mascot: Kieran Saunders