July 19, 2011
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16 year old striker, Souleymane Coulibaly, signed after his impressive showings for Côte d’Ivoire in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, came off the bench to get his first Spurs goal as our young players held Brighton to a very creditable 2-2 draw in Portugal.
Again, I can’t be sure of the formation, but our team was:
Byrne Livermore Nicholson Townsend
Pritchard Luongo Carroll Kane
Brighton’s line-up was not first choice, but certainly more experienced than ours:
Sparrow Bridcutt Smith LuaLua
Subs: Poke (GK), Greer, Vincelot, Dicker, Buckley, Navarro, Mackail-Smith.
Spurs went 2-0 down (goals from Hoskins and Agdestein) but Andros Townsend’s long-range effort made it 2-1 at the break. “Soli” replaced Obika at half-time and scored from close range ten minutes into his debut to equalise. He was lively for the rest of the match, having a number of efforts on goal – the Brighton website described him as a “livewire”.
Spurs bossed the second half, but were unable to find a winner. Still, a draw and a win against Championship opposition is very impressive for our young development squad, managed in Portugal by Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand.