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.

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

Substitutes

12
Vickers
13
Bihmoutine
14
Bellerin 70
15
Lipman 80

Crystal Palace Yth

1
Fitzsimons
2
Taylor
3
Williams
4
Daniel
5
Akuruka
6
Sow
7
Wynter
8
Boateng
9
Clarke
10
Allassani
11
Bola

Substitutes

12
Dymond
13
King
14
Inniss
15
Monakana
16
Kai-Kai
Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Feb 2012