Sonupe (pen) 6mins, Oduwa (pen) 17mins, Winks 28mins, Akindayini 78mins
- Match reports
- 28 September 2013 17:35
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s went down 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in a disappointing trip to North London.
It was the third successive league defeat for the young Blues, who faced a tough test against a Spurs side which has now taken maximum points from their opening six fixtures.
For this trip to the capital, Jason Wilcox shuffled his back. Angus Gunn was preferred to Billy O'Brien between the posts, Charlie Oliver partnered Nathaniel Oseni at the back while Angelino took his place on the bench after making his debut for Patrick Vieira's EDS side against Liverpool on Monday.
City took to the field in an impressive setting at the new Tottenham Academy under the watchful eyes of several England coaches, and they enjoyed the perfect start when they won a free kick on the edge of the box within 60 seconds of kick-off.
Jack Byrne provided a perfect delivery to the back post for young Oliver, who placed his header into the far corner to open the scoring.
But the hosts levelled within two minutes, Emmanuel Sonupe picking himself up to fire home a penalty after Ash Smith Brown had brought him down in the box.
Spurs began to exert control over the game and proceeded to dominate for the remainder of the opening half. Both wingers caused the City back line problems with pace and Oliver conceded a second penalty which was calmly dispatched by Nathan Oduwa this time.
City fell further behind just before the half hour mark, when Harry Winks found the far corner of the net from close range after a good cut back from the byline by Oduwa.
The boy Blues came out fighting in the second half and displayed good commitment and work ethic to win plenty of crunching tackles.
Brandon Barker and sub Angelino enjoyed some good interplay on the left hand side, while the influential Byrne and Smith-Brown had to come off ahead of the UEFA Youth League encounter with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
If Wilcox's men had been more clinical in front of goal they might have drawn level, but instead were hit by a sucker punch when substitute Akindayini added a fourth for the home side from Anthony Georgiou's cross.
City will be hoping to bounce back with a victory in next week's derby match with Manchester United.