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Report: MK Dons Under-17s 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur claim late victory in Gwen & Jim Mann Academy Showcase fixture…

12 May 2024

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Report: MK Dons Under-17s 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur claim late victory in Gwen & Jim Mann Academy Showcase fixture…

12 May 2024

MK Dons Under-17 suffered a late defeat in this year’s Gwen & Jim Mann Academy Showcase fixture.

FIRST HALF

Within the first minute of action, Tottenham Hotspur had opened the scoring at Stadium MK.

Their high energy levels at the start of the match paid dividends with their intense press, which forced an error from the young Dons before firing the ball into the back of the net. 0-1

A whipped cross from Marcel Guzynski met with the head of Damerai Singh-Hurditt, who couldn’t rise high enough to keep his headed attempt on target.

Nevertheless, this was a positive moment for the young Dons, who sought to swiftly respond to their setback.

Another great chance created by the home side left Rian Silver with a shot at goal. Had it not been for a brilliant save from Tottenham’s shot-stopper the game could’ve been level just eight minutes into the match.

A menacing moment loomed with the away team gaining yards up the field with pace. A ball was played through into Tottenham’s number nine, but Jesse Bedford reacted quickly and rushed off his line to smother the danger.

Suffering from an earlier challenge, Jack Burke could no longer continue. The defender was replaced by Simone Troso during the drinks break.

Rian Silver intercepted the ball in a dangerous position, which provided the Dons with a promising chance. However, strong defensive action from Silver’s marker prevented the number seven from having a shot at goal.

35 minutes into the match Rian Silver provided the equaliser that the home side searched for.

Great strength from the young attacker allowed him to gain the space necessary to take a touch around the goalkeeper before placing the ball into the open net! 1-1

Spurs mounted another threat as they carried the ball forward at speed, the ball was delivered into an unmarked player at the back post, which could’ve proved costly if not for a strong hand from Jesse Bedford to divert it away.

Minutes before the interval, Spurs regained their advantage. The boys in blue caught out the hosts in the dying moments of the half, this presented the opposition’s number seven with a one-on-one chance, which he slotted home. 1-2

Soon after, the referee signalled for half-time.

SECOND HALF
Five changes were made at the interval due to the roll-on roll-off substitution rule for this fixture. Hayden Boyce, Zachary White, Caster Taylor, Brogan Matthews and Ronnie Walker all made their way onto the field.

Once again, MK Dons were denied by the woodwork. Michael Brammeld’s strong strike from inside the penalty area crashed off the crossbar.

Ryan Kelly entered the field of play to replace Jesse Bedford between the sticks.

52 Minutes had gone past, and the young Dons levelled the game once again! Although at a tight angle, Brogan Matthews’ precisely placed finish found the side netting, which brought the game to 2-2.

Chase Medwynter made his way onto the field with 59 minutes on the stopwatch.

A reoccurring pattern played out as minutes after the game was level, Totteham Hotspur took back their lead. An effort from outside of the area found the bottom corner of the net to take the advantage for the third time. 2-3

Matthews claimed his brace with just over 20 minutes left of play! The midfielder capitalised on a mistake from the travelling team as he was successful in finding the open net from a long way out. 3-3

Remigiusz Lupinski replaced Ryan Kelly in goal with 15 minutes remaining.

William Spalanzio made his way onto the pitch on the 80-minute mark.

Lupinski made an incredible stop with less than 10 minutes to play to keep the game level. Tested at close-range, the shot-stopper reacted quickly and met with the effort to tip it away from goal.

As the game neared its end, Tottenham mounted one more dangerous looking attack. However, a brilliant display of goalkeeping from Lupinski denied what could’ve been a certain winner for the away team.

In what was the last kick of the match, Spurs converted an in-swinging free-kick with a powerful header that crashed into the net of MK Dons. 3-4

Tottenham Hotspur claimed victory in the Gwen & Jim Mann Academy Showcase fixture at Stadium MK.

***

MK Dons Under-17s: Bedford, Clark-Anderson, Guzynski, Sinclair-Linton, Burke, Lewis-Burgess (C), Silver, Sandford, Singh-Hurditt, Brameld, St.Clair-Burton, Kelly, Medwynter, Troso, Walker, Boyce, Matthews, Nash, White, Taylor, Lupinski, Spalanzino

Goals: Silver 35, Matthews 52, 68

Tottenham Hotspur:
Warren, Irow, Orr, Logan, Egan-Reilly, Upson, Bangura, Hall, James, Simons, Lehane, Myrtaj, Elliot-Parris, Nicolaou, Oliver


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