Tottenham crowned Lion City Cup champions with 4-0 win over Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur were crowned champions of the 26th Lion City Cup after their U15 side secured a resounding 4-0 victory over Liverpool's U15 in Singapore on Sunday night.
In the third-placed playoff earlier in the day, Singapore U16s sealed a superb 3-2 comeback win over Singapore U15s, with goals coming from Idraki Adnan, Nazhiim Harman and Saifullah Akbar.
In the final, Tottenham coach John McDermott's North London youngsters were in full control from start to end, with a fluid brand of passing football to cap off a successful tournament.
Spurs took an early sixth minute lead through striker Rodel Richards, who made a superb turn in the box, before angling his shot beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper George Neave.
The Reds came back strongly but were sorely lacking finesse in the attacking third, rarely troubling Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin.
Nya Kirby almost doubled the advantage for Spurs, when his lofted shot came back off the bar in the 40th minute before referee Farhan Mohd awarded a penalty from the subsequent attack, for a handball in the box. The fleet-footed midfielder stepped up and made it 2-0 as the halftime whistle blew.
There was no change in momentum for the second half, with Tottenham dictating the tempo of the game, only to waste a couple of good goalscoring chances.
True to form, it was three goals to the team in white, when Richards broke through the middle and coolly placed the ball past Neave with 15 minutes to go.
Just when the referee was about to call an end to the match, Reo Griffiths made it a night to remember for Tottenham when he rifled a 20-yard screamer straight into the top corner to make it 4-0.
In the third place playoff, Singapore U15s took the lead twice through Syed Akmal and Glenn Kweh, before Robin Chitrakar's charges came storming back to level the game at 2-2.
The winning goal came from a penalty deep into injury-time, when Syed was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. That left captain Saifullah to send his spot kick past Kevin Wong for a triumphant victory.
The two-day tournament at Jalan Besar Stadum began on Friday, with Spurs beating the Singapore National Football Academy (NFA) U15 side 3-0. Liverpool joined them in the final when they overcame a stout NFA U16 team who took them all the way to a penalty shootout, which they won 5-3.