Murphy downs Spurs to win Academy League title

17 05 2009

acadfinalArsenal and Tottenham went head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon to contest the Final of the Premier Academy League, and it was the Gunners who clinched what they hope to be the first of two trophies in May, with Rhys Murphy’s goal edging a close and hot-tempered clash 1-0.

From the prospects list, Tottenham lined up with Dean Parrett captaining the team in midfield and Jonathan Obika in attack, with John Bostock on the bench. Arsenal were able to call upon Kyle Bartley, Henri Lansbury, captain Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Murphy, and things got off to an attacking start in front of a healthy crowd through Obika’s early effort. Arsenal soon took control and Lansbury and Murphy both worried Tottenham goalkeeper Oscar Jansson, but their best chances came just before the break, forcing the hosts to clear off the line.

Half-time rescued Spurs from that spell of pressure but Arsenal continued early in the second half and scored the goal their effort deserved early in the second period. Gilles Sunu’s pace around the right allowed him to cross for the predatory Murphy to finish well. It was his second goal at White Hart Lane this season, having scored in the FA Youth Cup tie in March. Emmanuel-Thomas had himself two further chances to score but no more goals arrived, and despite Thomas Cruise being sent off late on for Arsenal, they were able to hold on and win the title.

Reports from both Tottenham and Arsenal points of view can be read by clicking the appropriate link.

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