CHERRIES’ impressive run in the FA Youth Cup came to an end with a heavy 6-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Having knocked out category one academies West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United earlier in the competition, Spurs proved a step too far for James Lowy’s side.

Tottenham raced into a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes at Cherry Red Records Stadium in Wimbledon and never looked back.

Remy Rees-Dottin and Jonny Day eventually pulled back a couple of consolation goals.

There were three changes to the side which recorded a stunning 5-0 win at St James’ Park in the last round.

Callan McKenna, who arrived from Queen’s Park on transfer deadline day last week, was handed a debut in goal, while Ollie Eagle and Ryan Carroll also started. Mack Allan, Jay Williams and Ashley Clarke dropped out.

Another alteration came in the dugout, Junior Stanislas serving as Lowy’s number two for the first time, following the departure of Andrew Surman to Southampton this week.

McKenna’s Cherries career got off to a nightmare start as Spurs took the lead after 92 seconds. The goalkeeper was closed down as he attempted to deal with captain Ollie Morgan’s backpass, Callum Olusesi gratefully accepting the gift.

The lead was doubled on seven minutes, Mikey Moore pouncing on a McKenna clearance before lashing in.

Oliver Irow made it 3-0, before Moore netted again just past the half-hour mark to effectively kill off the cup tie.

Jonny Stuttle, the hat-trick hero of the last round, came close to pulling one back, his shot well saved by Carey Bloedorn. The Spurs stopper was again called into action before half-time, tipping away a Rees-Dottin shot.

Moore then came close to completing a first-half hat-trick, firing against the crossbar.

McKenna made a good stop to thwart Tyrese Hall early in the second half, before Rees-Dottin reduced the arrears, the winger heading home Josh Salmon’s cross.

But a minute later the four-goal lead was restored through Damola Ajayi.

Irow then made it 6-1, before substitute Day met a Jack Holman free-kick to nod in a consolation, as category two Cherries exited at the fifth-round stage.

Cherries: McKenna, Holman, Morgan (Parkes, 70), Gregory, William, Eagle (Williams, h-t), Salmon, Osborne, Carroll, Rees-Dottin (Day, 80), Stuttle.

Unused subs: Sills, Ogunleye, Stevens, Crisp (g/k).