Academy Report

FA Premier Academy League


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Arsenal Under-18s


Eastmond 22, Fonte 25, Lansbury 28

Crystal Palace Under-18s



Three goals in six first-half minutes were enough to secure three more points for Arsenal Under-18s on an eventful morning at the Training Centre.

Steve Bould's side were handicapped before the game even kicked off when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was injured during the warm-up. Tom Cruise, normally an outfield player, donned the gloves instead of the Pole.

That would have given Crystal Palace plenty of encouragement but instead they found themselves three down before the half-hour mark.

Craig Eastmond broke the deadlock after 22 minutes, Rui Fonte doubled Arsenal's lead three minutes later and, three minutes after that, Henri Lansbury completed a purple patch for the young Gunners.

James O'Shea replaced Cruise in goal and conceded twice in the second half as Palace mounted a fightback, but Arsenal held on to register another victory.

Next up for Bould's team is a home fixture against Norwich City on Saturday, December 1.

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13 Nov 2007