Georges-Kevin Nkoudou finds net in Tottenham Hotspur behind-closed-doors friendly win over Leyton Orient
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Two London clubs did battle at Hotspur Way with class of Premier League outfit showing in the end in a good exercise for both teams
A Tottenham Hotspur XI started their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 victory over National League side Leyton Orient yesterday.
The friendly encounter, played at Hotspur Way, gave some of the youngsters at Spurs an early chance to catch the eye.
Kyle Walker-Peters opened the scoring after 11 minutes with an assured left-footed finish past O’s goalkeeper Charlie Grainger following good build-up play between Kazaiah Sterling and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
Josh Onomah, who recently helped England win the under-20 World Cup alongside Walker-Peters and with the help of ex-Orient manager Andy Edwards, was denied by Grainger moments later.
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O’s responded, however, and Tristan Abrahams forced Michel Vorm into a save midway through the half after a fine drive from 25-yards before Spurs doubled their lead.
Nkoudou twisted one way before cutting back onto left and firing low and hard past Grainger and into the Orient goal.
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Both teams made changes at the break with O’s having the first opportunity of the second half, as Aron Pollock broke from deep, but drilled straight at Vorm.
Tottenham then went close as former Ebbsfleet United youngster Shayon Harrison had an effort cleared off the line before a third goal was scored.
Anthony Georgiou got to the byline and his cross eventually found Jaden Brown, who worked a yard of space before lashing into the roof of the net from inside the penalty area.
Will Miller added a fourth before full time, as he combined nicely with Harrison before clipping over Orient substitute goalkeeper Sam Sargeant.
And there was still time for the save of the match, as Sargeant tipped a 25-yard drive from Nkoudou over before stopping Harrison.
Nkoudou wasted a couple of further chances before the full time whistle was blown signalling a victorious start for Tottenham’s young squad and a good learning curve for O’s.
Leyton Orient: Grainger (Sargeant 46); Caprice (McLean 46), Clark (Pollock 46), Trialist (Happe 46), Widdowson (Judd 46); Ochieng (Lawless 46), Lee (Barker 46); Koroma (Alderson 46), Alzate (Trialist 46), Abrahams (Trialist 46); Mooney (Trialist 46).