Jonas Rasmussen struck the winner deep into injury time as Arsenal Under-18s staged a second-half comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at London Colney on Saturday.

Having already wrapped up their divisional title, Steve Bould decided to employ some of the young elements in his Arsenal squad. He was rewarded in the 37th minute when Sanchez Watt headed home.

But Villa were ahead by the break. James Collins scored from the spot in the 42 minute and Nathan Baker added another on the stroke of half-time.

Roarie Deacon levelled matters just before the hour and, in the final quarter of the game, both sides went for a winner. Each keeper made crucial saves but Arsenal would find a winner in the final seconds when Rasmussen thumped home from close range.

Arsenal Yth

1
Shea
2
Obed
3
Miquel
4
Evina
5
Boateng
6
Ozyakup
7
Watt Goal!
8
Aneke
9
Nico Yannaris
10
Rasmussen Goal!
11
Deacon

Aston Villa Yth

1
Dan Thomas
2
Jack Dyer
3
Nathan Baker Goal!
4
Thomas Roberts
5
Richard Blythe
6
Harry Forrester
7
Domonik Hofbauer
8
William Grocott
9
James Collins Goal!
10
Andreas Weiman
11
Andras Stieber

Substitutes

12
Dorrell Berry
13
Matthew Cotton
14
Daniel Bradley
15
Ryan Simmonds
16
Kofi Poyser
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28 Mar 2009