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Match report: Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal U-18s

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WHAT HAPPENED

Amani Richards scored his first goal at under-18 level on Saturday as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

With the games coming thick and fast for our under-18s and under-23s, Ken Gillard was forced into a number of key changes, with only Zach Awe remaining from our 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday.

Three schoolboys were named in our starting XI in Richards, Reuell Walters and Bradley Ibrahim, while Kristopher Elian Quesada-Thorn and Kaleel Green made their debuts.

Keep to impress, our youngsters started well at the Leicester City Training Ground and came close to an opener early on when Joel Ideho and Richards combined, before the latter was denied by Chituru Odunze.

Ethan Fitzhugh tried his luck for the hosts moments later, wriggling away from his marker and taking aim from 25 yards, only for Remy Mitchell to palm away the danger.

Richards had been lively all afternoon and came close once more on the stroke of half-time, skipping past two players inside the area before being denied from close range.

But following the restart, he got the reward for his hard work and persistence. With a sweeping counter-attack, Richards flicked the ball out wide for Bradley Ibrahim to latch onto, before darting into the penalty area and latching onto an inch-perfect delivery for his first goal at this level. This was only his second appearance for Ken Gillard’s side.

We continued to push on and created a number of promising opportunities, but with a long ball over the top of our defence, Will Russ raced through on goal and forced a foul from the onrushing Remy Mitchell.

Russ stepped up and made no mistake in finding the bottom corner, leaving us to settle for a share of the spoils.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we’re back in FA Youth Cup action against Liverpool.

The quarter-final tie will take place at Anfield with kick-off at 7pm (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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