Arsenal Under-18s continued their fine opening to 2012 with a closely-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at London Colney on Saturday morning.

Josh Rees grabbed the only goal of the game in the 10th minute - his second strike in as many games for Steve Bould's youngsters.

Arsenal Yth

1
Charles-Cook
2
Glasgow 70
3
Monteiro
4
Angha
5
Campbell
6
Wynter
7
Jebb
8
Rees Goal!
9
Neita 80 Yellow Card
10
Jeffrey
11
Roberts Yellow Card

Substitutes

12
Vickers
13
Bihmoutine
14
Bellerin 70
15
Lipman 80

Crystal Palace Yth

1
Fitzsimons
2
Aaron Akuruka
3
Jerome Williams
4
Kadell Daniel
5
Quade Taylor
6
Alex Wynter
7
Hiram Boateng
8
Ghassimu Sow
9
Clarke
10
Vences Bola
11
Reice Allassani

Substitutes

12
Connor Dymond
13
Tom King
14
Ryan Inniss
15
Monakana
16
Sullay Kai-Kai

The result leaves Arsenal second in the table, a point behind leaders Fulham. The young Gunners will claim top spot next weekend if they can overcome the Cottagers' academy hopefuls.

Arsenal Yth

1
Charles-Cook
2
Glasgow 70
3
Monteiro
4
Angha
5
Campbell
6
Wynter
7
Jebb
8
Rees Goal!
9
Neita 80 Yellow Card
10
Jeffrey
11
Roberts Yellow Card

Substitutes

12
Vickers
13
Bihmoutine
14
Bellerin 70
15
Lipman 80

Crystal Palace Yth

1
Fitzsimons
2
Aaron Akuruka
3
Jerome Williams
4
Kadell Daniel
5
Quade Taylor
6
Alex Wynter
7
Hiram Boateng
8
Ghassimu Sow
9
Clarke
10
Vences Bola
11
Reice Allassani

Substitutes

12
Connor Dymond
13
Tom King
14
Ryan Inniss
15
Monakana
16
Sullay Kai-Kai
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