Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-5 Leicester City

Leicester City U18 -

Arsenal Training Centre
U18 Premier League South
U18 Premier League South
  Arsenal U18
                  Cirjan  (8)
                   Monlouis (34)
Arsenal U18
Cirjan (8)
Monlouis (34)
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  Leicester City U18
              Pennant (10
               McAteer (31)
               Flynn (44)
               Russ  (50)
Leicester City U18
Pennant (10 88) McAteer (31) Flynn (44) Russ (50)


Despite a strong start in north London, we slipped to defeat against Leicester City in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday.

Catalin Cirjin put us ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, firing home inside the box after some strong hold-up play by Alfie Matthews.
But the visitors hit back immediately when Hubert Graczyk was caught in possession by Will Russ, allowing Terrel Pennant to slot into the empty net.
And the game was turned on its head on the half-hour mark when Liam Loughlin's swirling cross cannoned off the post and straight into Kaisey McAteer's path, who headed home from close range.
There was still plenty of first-half action to come, though, and just three minutes later we were level again. Khayon Edwards was brought down just outside the box and Zane Monlouis climbed highest to head Cirjin's free-kick beyond Oliver Bosworth.
But just before half-time, the Foxes struck again when Will Russ reacted quickest to finish in the box after another mazy run by Pennant.
And the visitors came out firing after the break, too, with Bailey Aisthorpe breaking down the left-hand side to pick out Russ, who headed past Graczyk.
We were handed an opportunity to get back into the game when Levi Laing found Cirjin in the box, but his fierce strike hit the far post.
And with two minutes to go, Pennant secured Leicester's win by lashing a low strike into the bottom corner.



Our under-18s are back in action on Saturday, February 29, when they face Brighton & Hove Albion.
The game will kick-off at 12pm at American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. 

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