Saturday 16 February 2013

Barclays U21s: Tottenham extend Elite Group lead

Jonathan Obika scores a hat-trick as Spurs beat Man Utd while Saints overcome West Ham

  • Tottenham's Jonathan Obika scores the first of his three goals against Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Manchester United

Striker Jonathan Obika scored a fine hat-trick to give Tottenham Hotspur victory over Manchester United at the club's Training Centre.

The 22-year-old put Spurs ahead on 35 minutes when he spun to fire home from Ezekiel Fryers' cross.

Tom Thorpe equalised for United after the break with a superb strike from 20 yards out but Obika put his side ahead again, heading in from close range after Harry Kane's header had hit the bar.

United pressed for the equaliser but Obika made sure of the win when he finished off a breakaway goal in the final minute.

The result maintains Tottenham's unbeaten start to the second phase of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and they now lead the Elite Group by seven points.

Tottenham report | Man Utd report

West Ham United 0-1 Southampton

Substitute Alberto Seidi came off the bench to score the winner at Rush Green Stadium as Saints recorded their first victory in the Elite Group.

Seidi picked the ball up on the right hand side of the area and fired over the goalkeeper with 27 minutes remaining.

Callum Driver and Sebastian Lletget had first-half chances for the Hammers, while George Moncur was denied an equaliser by a last-gasp block from Saints defender Aaron Martin.

West Ham are second in the Elite Group, seven points behind Tottenham Hotspur having played a match less while Saints are fourth.

West Ham report | Southampton report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here

Fixtures and results

Friday 15 February
Elite Group

Tottenham Hotspur (Obika 3) 3-1 Manchester United (Thorpe)
West Ham United 0-1 Southampton (Seidi)

Sunday 17 February
Elite Group

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (2pm)

Group 1
Everton v Middlesbrough (2pm)

Monday 18 February
Group 1

Blackburn v Sunderland (7pm)

Group 2
Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers (1pm)
Reading v Crystal Palace (1pm)

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Totttenham record a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in Elite Group
  • Striker Jonathan Obika scores a hat-trick
  • Alberto Seidi scores the winner as Southampton beat West Ham

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