At almost exactly the same time, Harry Kane opened the scoring for England against Poland at Wembley, another of Tottenham’s own scoring in this FA Youth Cup match.
16-year-old forward Jamie Donley was the man who finally broke through the backlash from AFC Wimbledon, which more than held up in their sparkling new stadium.
That it took Spurs 99 minutes to crack them was testament to their fight, but Donley, who had been introduced as a substitute 15 minutes before the end of normal playing time, broke through.
The Tottenham players celebrate after Jamie Donley (left) shot them in the front in extra time
Donley celebrates with a knee slide after breaking Wimbledon’s resistance in extra time
Romaine Mundle celebrates after doubling Spurs’ lead in the second half of extra time
Tottenham’s three goals in extra time allowed them to enter the fifth round of the Youth Cup safely
Checking Roshaun Mathurin’s crochet cross from the right, he hammered home from just inside the box, his enthusiastic knee-slide celebration told you all about how tricky this tie had been.
A second goal, scored by Romaine Mundle four minutes before the end and then a third, courtesy of Donley, was once again the cherry the Spurs barely deserved.
The Dons created many of their own openings and saw a goal in the second half disallowed for offside. Just before Donley’s goal, they came within inches of taking the lead themselves. But the nice margins ultimately went against them.
The hosts had already claimed one Premier League scalp in the competition, knocking out Burnley in the third round thanks to the late Paris Lock winner.
Spurs clearly did not want to take any risks and two names jumped out of their team magazine.
Midfielder Alfie Devine became the club’s youngest player at 16 years and 163 days when Jose Mourinho won him against Marine in the third round of the FA Cup. Devine marked his debut with a goal to take in the 5-0 victory.
Alfie Devine, who played for Spurs first team, fights for the ball with Ben Mason
Devine took the record from another starter here, 17-year-old Dane Scarlett, who was 16 years and 247 days when he played against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League in November.
He has since made a number of additional appearances and signed his first professional contract with the club this week.
That pair, or whoever, turned out to be able to win a lot for Spurs in the first half hour and it was indeed Wimbledon that carried the bigger early threat.
Obed Yeboah – who is a cousin of ’90s Premier League legend Tony – fired off the shot early to give Spurs some food for thought and there were glimpses of slick football from the League One outfit.
Tottenham’s Jeremy Kyezu on the slide tries to reach the ball first in the opening phase
Wimbledon’s Obed Yeboah steals the ball from Tottenham’s Matthew Craig
Wimbledon’s Quaine Bartley skips a challenge on Plow Lane during the first half
AFC Wimbledon U18: Cox; Mason, Ogundere (c), Sutcliffe, Onabanjo (Bangura 108); Bartley (Olaniyan 66), Ali (Lock 103), Frimpong, Yeboah (Sasu 56), Chiabi, Adjei-Hersey
Replacements not used: Lahan, Jones, Campbell
Tottenham Hotspur U18: Lo-Tutala (c); Cesay, Matthew Craig (Donley 75), Muir, Kyezu, Mathurin (Santiago-Alonso 70), John, Michael Craig, Mundle; Devine (Cassanova 97), Scarlett
Replacements not used: Hayton, Hackett, Dorrington
Scorers: Donley 99, 120 + 3; Mundle 116
Booked: Michael Craig, Scarlett, Devine, Donley
Just after half an hour, a blow from Dylan Adjei-Hersey was deflected and looped next to it. From the resulting corner, Isaac Ogundere headed a quick header into the corner of Adjei-Hersey, but he headed the crossbar.
Tottenham finally got their case by the end of the half. Their first chance came from Romaine Mundle, who fired just past Dons goalkeeper Matt Cox from the edge of the area.
Mathurin’s attempt was then well-taken by England under-17 stopper Cox after working space on the edge of the box.
The hosts thought they had broken the deadlock nine minutes into the restart when Troy Chiabi finished clinically when goalkeeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala repelled Yeboah’s hoarse attempt, but the offside flag was hoisted.
When Wimbledon settled into two benches of four for Tottenham, they proved extremely resilient. For most of the second half, visitors were comfortably kept at a distance.
On one of the rare occasions when they broke through, Scarlett headed alongside Devine’s defense to release Jeremy Kyezu to cross.
In the closing stages, Wimbledon looked just as good as a winner with left back Remi Onabanjo, only 15 years old but looking really good, overshot.
Devine had a great opening early in overtime, but shot right at Cox after the space opened invitingly on the edge of the box. The Dons gratefully held the ball against his midriff.
On the other hand and a golden opportunity for Wimbledon to take the lead when Adjei-Hersey got his head on the cross from Ben Mason. The header seemed purposeful, but somehow Lo-Tutala landed to scramble it away.
It had to prove vital. Donley won it moments later when Tottenham advanced.
He should have added some comfort in the second half of extra time, but he beat Yago Santiago-Alonso’s cut.
As Wimbledon legs got tired, they grabbed a second by Mundle, who was picked up by Donley before lashing home.
A third was especially hard at Wimbledon, but Donley was left with a tap when Kallum Cesay chased the ball down and knocked it past Cox.
Tottenham’s Marques Muir carries the ball forward under pressure from Troy Chiabi
Wimbledon’s Obed Yeboah (left) takes on Tottenham’s Romaine Mundle in the first half
Plow Lane was unfortunately empty for the game with fans watching the game on a YouTube stream