Academy Report

FA Premier Academy League


Saturday, september 15, 2007

Arsenal Under-18s


Emmanuel-Thomas 3, Murphy 10, Watt 24, Wilshere 35, 49, 55, Evina 87

Watford Under-18s


Gavin Hoyte, Henri Lansbury and Rhys Murphy returned to domestic action following spells with England Under-17s this weekend as Arsenal Under-18s thrashed Watford 7-1.

The youngsters flew out of the blocks and were 2-0 ahead inside 10 minutes. Goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and then Rhys Murphy set the tone for what was a dominant performance. Sanchez Watt followed his debut goal for the Reserves with another one here on 24 minutes before the emerging talent of Jack Wilshere made it 4-0 five minutes before the interval.

Watford pulled one back by the break but even with a three goal cushion Arsenal's stranglehold on the game never relented. On 49 minutes Wilshere grabbed the Gunners' fifth and his second before completing his hat-trick six minutes later.

On the hour mark and with the game safe, Steve Bould made a triple substitution, introducing Thomas Cruise and handing first appearances of the season to Conor Henderson and Ahmed Abdulla.

The rout was completed with three minutes remaining when Cedric Evina grabbed his first of the campaign to complete a memorable day for the young Gunners.

Next for Arsenal is the visit of Leicester, when they will be hoping to add to their three wins so far this season.

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18 Sep 2007