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Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-1 Chelsea

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                  Flores (21)
                   Ogungbo (49)
            
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Flores (21)
Ogungbo (49)
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Soonsup-Bell (16)

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-18s came from a goal behind to secure a crucial win over Chelsea on Tuesday.
 
It was a less-than-ideal start for Ken Gillard's side who, after securing their FA Youth Cup quarter-final place last week, began on the back foot against a high-flying Blues side.
 
Jude Soonsup-Bell climbed highest to meet Charlie Webster's corner, and head past Ovie Ejeheri into the Arsenal net.
 
We nearly hit back straight away, when Zach Awe was brought down on the edge of the box. Omari Hutchinson rolled the free-kick to Kido Taylor-Hart but he couldn't keep his shot down from 10 yards.
 
But we would soon find our equaliser - and in spectacular fashion, too. Hutchinson laid a loose ball into Marcelo Flores' path on the halfway line and, after exchanging passes with Khayon Edwards on the edge of the box, our No 10 arrowed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

 
Chelsea had an opportunity to restore their lead on the stroke of half-time when Silko Thomas broke at pace down the left-hand side, but Ejeheri was equal to Jayden Wareham's 20-yard effort.
 
Instead, we took the advantage. Just four minutes after the restart, Jack Henry-Francis threaded a perfectly-weighted ball through to Mazeed Ogungbo, who slotted home at the near post.
 
Chelsea could have levelled moments later when Webster lofted in another set-piece, but Ejeheri was alert to keep out Jimi Tauriainen's header, before Henry-Francis cleared Wareham's follow-up off the line to seal three hard-earned points for our young Gunners.

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WHAT'S NEXT

Up next we face Leicester City on Saturday, April 24.
 
The game will take place at the Leicester City FC Academy with kick-off at 11am (UK time). 

Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal U-18s

WHAT HAPPENED

Our FA Youth Cup journey came to an end in the quarter-finals on Friday night as we were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool.

Ken Gillard was forced into one change from our 3-1 victory over West Ham in the previous round - with Nathan Butler-Oyedeji replacing Omari Hutchinson - but we were unable to replicate that same attacking intensity at Anfield.

We dominated possession throughout the opening exchanges and came close through Kido Taylor-Hart, who cut inside from the left and fired over the bar, but Liverpool went on to open the scoring against the run of play.

With their first spell of pressure on our backline, Conor Bradley crossed to the far post and James Balagazi headed down, before Max Waltman converted from close range.

This boosted the hosts’ confidence and after forcing a goalmouth scramble, Miguel Azeez attempted to clear the danger and inadvertently tripped Tyler Morton, who snuck past his right shoulder to gain a vital touch of the ball. James Norris stepped up and full converted from 12 yards.

Things went from bad to worse following the restart too, as Liverpool extended their advantage through Mateusz Musialowski. The youngster raced forward on the counter and wriggled past Alex Kirk inside the area, before firing back across goal into the far corner.

Miguel Azeez eventually pulled one back from the spot, firing into the top corner after Khayon Edwards was fouled inside the area, but despite our best efforts, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal.

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we’ll face Reading in the U-18 Premier League south.

The game will take place on Tuesday, May 4 with kick-off at 6.45pm (UK time).

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