Spurs under-18s humiliate north London rivals Arsenal in DVD-worthy demolition

Tottenham’s youngsters handed out a battering worthy of a DVD as they put NINE goals past north-London rivals Arsenal on Tuesday.

It’s a reverse of fortune from the first team who were beaten 2-1 by Man United in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday meaning they’ve now lost eight consecutive semis.

However, the kids are alright and proved it by dispatching a slightly younger Arsenal side at Hotspur Way.

It’s the polar opposite from the reverse fixture earlier on in the campaign when the Gunners won 6-0 at London Colney back in November.

Rodel Richards gave the hosts the lead, curling a superb shot in the top corner in the 28th minute before doubling his tally a few minutes later.

Dilan Markanday then made it three in the space of six minutes, beating his man and drilling it low passed Gunners shotstopper Daniel Barden.

Reo Griffiths then got his first of the afternoon short after the restart before setting up Markanday for his second soon after.

Spurs were awarded a penalty which Griffiths dispatched coolly with 25-minutes still to play, and less than 60 seconds later, Arsenal substitute Mazeed Ogungo accidentally steered past his own keeper.

Griffiths was closing in on the defender who turned into his own net before the striker completed his fourth hat-trick of the season with a great chip from an acute angle.

It turned into a frustrating afternoon for the Gunners who lost two players to injury late on and having used all their subs, ended the game with nine-men shortly before Griffiths scored his fourth.

Spurs U18’s beat Chelsea 3-0 in their last game and coach Scott Parker said it was a great all round performance.

“It was a fantastic performance," he said. "The lads played really well. The last two games have been really good in that sense – goals, good attacking play and two clean sheets against two very good teams.

"Obviously it’s important to remember that Arsenal beat us 6-0 earlier in the season and they’ve got a big game coming up in the FA Youth Cup Final where they might have some different players on display, but our finishing was very good and our all-round play was very pleasing."

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