Vinicius hits hat-trick as Spurs end Marine’s FA Cup dream
Lucas Moura and 16-year-old Tottenham first-team debutant Alfie Devine are also on target in 5-0 win
10 January, 2021 — By Dan Carrier
FA Cup Third Round
SPURS 5 (Vinicius 24, 30, 37, Lucas Moura 32, Devine 60)
WHILE the romance of the FA Cup may have been in short supply for non-league Marine after they were demolished 5-0, the night will live long in the memory of 16-year-old Tottenham first-team debutant Alfie Devine.
The Spurs rookie set a new club record as the youngest player ever to appear for the first-team, previously held by Steve Perryman – and capped his day off with a well-taken goal.
The league standings showed that this was the biggest gap between two clubs in the history of the competition, with Marine, from the eighth tier, 161 positions below their Premier League guests.
There were no banana skins left on Marine’s sticky pitch at the Marine Travel Arena in Crosby as Jose Mourinho’s men sailed into the fourth round.
Carlos Vinicius scored a 13-minute first half hat-trick, while an exquisite free-kick by fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura and Devine’s first senior goal settled what was always going to be a one-sided tie.
After the game, Moura said he’d enjoyed his trip north. “It was a different day for us, and we have come here with big respect and the mentality to win,” said the winger. “We have a very good squad, and we are fighting for every trophy.”
And Moura revealed how pleased the team were for hat-trick hero Vinicius, adding: “We are very happy for Vini – he is working hard every day.”
Mourinho’s changes still saw him field nine full internationals – while Marine could boast Josh Solomon-Davies, a Saint Lucian international, in their line up amongst their part-timers.
After Spurs coasted to a four-nil half time lead, the interest was provided by the batch of youngsters Mourinho sent on – including Devine who celebrated a special moment to tell all of his school friends about.
It took Tottenham a little while to get warmed up, but when they did, the gulf was all too apparent – though not before they’d had a shock on 18 minutes when a Neil Kengni effort from all of 35-yards struck the bar after looping over Joe Hart.
It gave Marine, who had defended deeply up until that moment, a bit of extra confidence – but in some respects, it led to their undoing.
It saw them push out – and five minutes later, Vinicius opened the scoring from close range after some excellent approach play from Dele Alli.
Alli’s jinking run, followed by a wonderful defence-splitting cross, left Vinicius with just the keeper to beat – and the goal came at a good time for Spurs, taking the wind out of their opponents sails.
Marine keeper Bayleigh Passant, a 20-year-old supermarket worker, had shown some confidence early on dealing with crosses and a couple of speculative shots to get his hands warm, but there was nothing he could do about the opener.
Just before the half-hour mark, Vinicius got his second. Again Alli started the move, sending the ball across the face of the goal for Matt Doherty to run on to behind the defence: Passant got a hand to the full-backs goal-bound volley but Vinicius was lurking to turn home.
Minutes later Tottenham scored again: Moura drew a foul on the edge of the box and picked himself up to curl a lovely free-kick into the far corner.
Vinicius’s third came on 37, and it was his best. Alli again created the space, and as the ball fell in the box, the striker opened his body up and side-footed a clever finish into the top corner.
Second half changes saw Devine come on – and on the hour mark, the teenager over-lapped Moura, cut inside and beat the keeper at the near post.
It might have been a harsh lesson for Marine, but with Spurs fans buying more than 20,000 tickets to a match no one was allowed to attend, and then splashing cash at the Marine club shop as well, there was a nice silver lining for all concerned.
Marine: Passant, Solomon-Davies, Raven (Shaw, 81), Miley, Hughes (Howard, 45), Joyce, Hmami (Doyle, 67), Devine (Strickland, 75), Barrigan, Cummins (Wignall, 75), Kengni
Substitutes not used: Luis-Mendes, Howard, Ellison, Lynch
Spurs: Hart, Doherty, Rodon, Alderweireld (Tanganga, 45), Davies (Reguilon, 71), Sissoko (Devine 45), Fernandes, White, Alli (Bale, 65), Lucas Moura (Clarke 65), Vinicius
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Ndombele, Son
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