Football: Tottenham beat Singapore U-15s 3-0 in Lion City Cup opener

SINGAPORE - Tottenham Hotspur kicked-off the 26th edition of the Lion City Cup in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 victory over the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-15s at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Three first-half goals on Friday evening did the trick for the English side that will now play in Sunday's final.

Spurs' U-15 side opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Matthew Lock cut in from the right flank and drilled his effort past goalkeeper Kevin Wong.

Lock was at it again in the 31st minute when he latched onto a pass and fired a shot as he fell to the ground. The ball somehow found its way into the back of the net and the team in white wheeled away in celebration.

Reo Griffiths then added a third goal for Spurs in the 39th minute when he shimmied past two defenders and curled an effort in from the edge of the box, for what was the game's best goal.

Chances were at a premium for the Singapore side, who will hope to at least get on the score sheet in Sunday's 3rd/4th playoff when they take on the losers of Friday's second semi-final between NFA U-16s and Liverpool U-15s.

drajac@sph.com.sg