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Spurs Game 2 2006

Football Aid Championship, Game 2, 18:00 pm, Tuesday 2nd May, White Hart Lane, att 264

Spurs (Home) 2 Spurs (Away) 1

A superb piece of individual skill from Finlay and a lively finish from O’Shea gave Spurs Home the edge in a hard fought victory over John Pratt’s Away side in the final game of the Spurs leg of the Football Aid Championships.

After a cagey opening in a balmy White Hart Lane, Spurs’ Away had the first decent chance after 11 minutes when Inman’s diving header hit off the post.

Shortly afterwards, forward Patten was unlucky to see his curling free kick whipping past the wall and hitting the left hand post.

The rest of the first half saw the ball richoting around midfield at a high rate of knots with both sides enjoying great chances but failing to find a telling final ball. When they did, hesitant finishing let them down and resulted in a 0-0 deadlock at half time.

The second half revealed a more confident Home side marshalled by playing legend David Howells. Clever movement and perceptive passing led to their first goal with Howells sliding in to finish the brilliant set piece.

Substitute Finlay was instrumental in the move, bringing the ball forward and neatly bypassing Away’s defence with a smart ball to striker O’Shea. After moving into position in the penalty area, his attempt at goal deflected off keeper Thomas, leaving Howells to power the ball home.

Minutes later, Spurs Home increased their lead after midfielder Ratcliffe’s long ball found O’Shea’s feet. He sprinted past a rather leaden-footed (and caught of guard) Away defence before letting rip with a cracking shot that sailed past Thomas.

Undaunted, Away continued to play their part in the entertaining match and fought hard to pull back a goal. Midfield powerhouse, Davis enjoyed a superb strike from 30 yards that screamed past keeper Sansum and set up for a frantic finale between the two evenly balanced sides.

The final 10 minutes of the match left the crowd gasping for breath as Away searched desperately for the equaliser. Davis tested Sansum to the limit with his scorching strikes, forcing the keeper to make one dramatic save after another. Despite their best attempts, Home clung gratefully on to their lead, leaving the score 2-1 at full time.

As Davis commented after the match, “Fulfilled my boyhood dream of playing at scoring at White Hart Lane. What more can I say? It was a fantastic experience and I hope to see you next year!”