Luke Freeman grabbed a brace as Arsenal Under-18s got their season off to a winning start at home to Everton on Saturday morning.

The former Gillingham youngster slipped home a Thomas Cruise cross early in the early first-half before confusion in the box led to an own goal, doubling the Gunners’ advantage on 20 minutes.

James Shea enjoyed a fine morning in his first match as undisputed No 1 at this level, while Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was typically resolute in centre-midfield alongside Emmanuel Frimpong.

After the break Steve Bould’s young charges continued to lay siege on the Everton goal and got their just rewards when Freeman raced onto a through ball to complete his excellent start to the campaign.

A late goal for the Toffees merely took the shine of a good all-round day for Arsenal.

Arsenal Yth

1
Shea
2
Cruise 60
3
Bartley
4
Eastmond
5
Ayling
6
Sunu 75
7
Watt
8
Emmanuel-Thomas
9
Frimpong
10
Freeman 75 Goal! Goal!
11
Murphy

Substitutes

12
Evina 60
13
Blackwood
14
Byles 75
15
Szczesny
16
Deacon 75

Everton Yth

1
Stubhaug
2
Sinnott Goal!
3
McCarten
4
Nsiala
5
Redmond
6
Barnett
7
Akpan
8
Kinsella
9
McCready
10
O'Kane
11
Codling

Substitutes

12
Own Goal
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