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Spurs Game 1 2015

Our 1st game of the day at White Hart Lane was certainly a thrilling encounter, with both sets of players giving it their all and providing the watching Spurs fans with plenty of entertainment. Despite there being plenty of chances at both ends, the game finished 3-3 and both sets of defences could take great credit that there weren’t a lot more goals scored!  

Date: Sunday 24th May 2015
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur (Home) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Away)
Game 1
Kick Off: 10:30 am
Legends/Managers: Gary Mabbutt & Steven Slade
Match Officials: Mark Mellor, Peter Munt, Spencer Brewer & John Fowler

The sun was shining, playing conditions were perfect and the words of wisdom from Manager Gary Mabbutt were still ringing in their ears when the Spurs Home team kicked off our 1st game of the day at White Hart Lane. The  and Home Legend Steve Slade was looking lively in the opening minutes and his dangerous looking run was only ended by an excellent sliding tackle by Jergus Holeczy.

The Away team had a group of Slovakian fans who had travelled together for the game and it was evident from the way they were playing the ball about that they knew each other well and their clever play created early chances for their No 7 Kollar and No 9 Ondrus, however neither player could get their efforts on target. 

The Home team were growing into the game though and looked a threat themselves on the break. It was the Away team who got the ball in the net first, however Mojmir Kollar’s strike goal was chalked off due to the offside flag. However the team in Black didn’t have long to wait and they got the opening goal on 14mins. A great passing move was started right from the back by keeper Pavol Holeczy and when the ball was played to No 6 Ondrej Kajuch he cleverly found No 9 Lubos Ondrus in space 25 yards out, the striker ghosted past the defender and slotted the ball past Home keeper Trevor D’Orsay (0-1).

The Away team doubled their lead just 4mins later after another fine passing move. Kajuch passed to right midfielder Kollar, who was charging forward, and the No 7 played in his No 9 Lubos Ondrus with a quick through ball, the striker showed his quality, firing the ball into the goal with the outside of the foot (0-2).

The game was in danger of getting away from the Home team, however they responded brilliantly within minutes! The ball was played up field and cleared by the Away defence, the Home team regained possession and when No 11 Craig Maxwell received the ball with his back to goal he turned and picked out strike partner Jonathan Mepham with a perfect through ball, the big striker hit the ball 1st time on the volley and it flew into the net from fully 25 yards out. It was a stunning goal and definitely a contender for Goal of the Season (1-2)!  

The big No 9 had another chance immediately afterwards however his side foot effort didn’t have enough on it and Holeczy saves it comfortably. At the other end Away No 8 Paul Evans came extremely close to increasing his side’s lead, however his screamer of a shot from 25 yards crashed off the crossbar and away to safety. Home Legend then had a chance at the back post after he latched onto a great long ball from Maxwell, however he couldn’t get his 1st time effort on target.

Back came the Away team and Patrick Kajuch found himself running clear on goal, however he was foiled by a brave diving save from Trevor D’Orsay. The same player had a great chance from a cross from Kollar moments later, however he couldn’t direct his glancing header on target. The No 11’s header from a corner looked destined for the top corner, however his glancing effort was brilliantly headed off the line by Home Captain Ian Fletcher. 

However it was the Home team who got themselves back on level terms with 37mins on the clock. Steven Slade nicked the ball on the half way line and raced clear of the defence, he squared the ball to Craig Maxwell, the striker turned brilliantly and fired a shot at goal from 8 yards out, Away keeper Pavol Holeczy got a hand to the ball but it looped up in the air and into the net (2-2). 

There were one or two half chances at either end, however the ref’s whistle went soon afterwards with the scores tied at 2 goals apiece. With both sets of players fully committed the game had certainly been competitive throughout and in the Home dressing room Manager Gary Mabbutt urged his players to watch their tackles. He praised his defence and gave his two forwards deserved credit for their excellent goals and mindful of the warm conditions his final words were for the team to “Save your legs and use your quality”.

Half Time: Tottenham (Home) 2 - 2 Tottenham (Away)

The Home team came out raring to go in the 2nd half and some nifty footwork from Steven Slade crafted an opportunity for himself on the left side of the area, however his right foot shot was well held by Holeczy in the Away goal.

The game continued to be just as competitive and the temperature of the game was rising slightly in the opening part of the half. However both teams were playing some excellent football as well and a fantastic swerving long range shot from Wesley Marley almost fired his team ahead on 60mins, however goalkeeper Pavol Holeczy kept his eyes on the ball and beat the shot away.

Back at the other end Ondrus had a shot on goal from the 18 yard line, but D’Orsay held onto it well. It was the Home side who edged ahead on 72mins though, a quick throw in from Daniel Mitchell found Maxwell in space on the left side of the area, the skillful striker turned his defender brilliantly before whipping in a great cross into the 6 yard area, Legend Steven Slade was onto it in a flash and smashed a 1st time shot with his left foot past the keeper (3-2).

The Away team came roaring immediately and Ondrus turned and outpaced Fletcher to run in on goal, he poked a low shot towards the near post however Home keeper Trevor D’Orsay somehow got a hand to it and palmed it round the post. The big keeper showed his bravery soon afterwards when he threw himself in front of Kollar to prevent a goal soon afterwards. It was quite a collision, but after a spell of treatment D’Orsay was fine to continue.

The Away team weren’t to be denied though and after the Home team’s Mitchell and the Away’s Kajuch challenged for the ball near the halfway line the ball rebounded over the heads of the Home defence to Lubos Ondrus and the deadly No 9 made no mistake, quickly lobbing the advancing D’Orsay to score his hat-trick with 80mins on the clock (3-3).    

The Home team almost went ahead again a few mins later when a chipped through ball found Slade inside the area, however the Away keeper Pavol Holeczy bravely blocked his point blank effort to keep the scores level. At the other end a period of sustained pressure from the Away team looked as though it would see them ahead, however Trevor D’Orsay did brilliantly to save a close range effort from Kollar with his feet. Back came the Home team and Craig Maxwell looked like scoring when he latched onto Slade’s header, however the lively striker couldn’t get enough on his lob and the keeper saved comfortably.

Both teams tried desperately to break the deadlock in the dying minutes, however the defences held firm and the game ended with the teams tied at 3 goals apiece. It had been a full blooded encounter and both sets of players had certainly given their all, however a draw was probably a fair result and both teams left the pitch happy they’d been able to come away from an enthralling match unbeaten.     

Full Time: Tottenham (Home) 3 - 3 Tottenham (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Trevor D’Orsay
Man of the Match (Away): Lubos Ondrus
Moment of the Match: Jonathan Mepham

Home Team: Trevor D'Orsay, Adam Canning, Steven Slade, Ian Fletcher (C), Liam Dunne, Joseph Sayers, Gary Thomas, Mike Dunne, Jonathan Mepham, Daniel Mitchell, Craig Maxwell, Lloyd Welsh, Mark Feehan, Liam Beviss, Wesley Marley
Home Manager: Gary Mabbutt
Home Mascot: Chloe Watts

Away Team: Pavol Holeczy (C), Nicholas Goodmaker, Ivan Matlak, Jergus Holeczy, Ondrej Kajuch, Mojmir Kollar, Paul Evans, Lubos Ondrus, Richard Lazell, Patrik Kajuch, Vojtech Kajuch, Dusan Macek, Andrew Pearcey, Jozef Novak
Away Manager: Gary Mabbutt
Away Mascot: Patrik Vengrin