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Match report: Brighton 3-2 Arsenal U-18s

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WHAT HAPPENED

Despite a spirited display from start to finish, our under-18s were beaten 3-2 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Omari Hutchinson scored twice and delivered an outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough to secure a share of the spoils.

Ken Gillard made one change from our 1-0 victory over West Ham last Tuesday with Mauro Bandeira replacing James Sweet.

Brighton ran out 5-0 winners the last time we met in this competition - and they made a fast start once again, as Ed Turns opened the scoring with a powerful header from a corner.

The hosts then went on to double their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark through Zak Emmerson, who raced away on the counter and coolly finished past Hubert Graczyk.

But we bounced back before the half-time interval, as Graczyk set Hutchinson free down the left to run the length of the pitch, before wriggling past two defenders and firing home.

Brighton responded well after the restart, however, as Emmerson doubled his tally just 15 seconds after the referee’s whistle.

Hutchinson reduced the deficit once more late on, showing great composure to finish from the spot, but it was ultimately too little too late. 

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face West Brom on Saturday, February 27.

The game will take place at London Colney with kick-off at 12pm (UK time).

Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal U-23s

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-23s slipped to another defeat on Saturday as they were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool.

Coming into this game, only a point separated the two sides - but the hosts were full of confidence after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea just one week earlier.

We started on the front foot, though, and looked dangerous in transition with Reiss Nelson breaking forward at pace and squaring for Nikolaj Moller, who was unable to make contact at the final moment.

Liverpool had barely had a sight of our goal but, with a lapse in concentration from Ryan Alebiosu, we gifted possession away inside the area and Layton Stewart duly found the bottom corner.

Catalin Cirjan came close to an equaliser shortly after, rattling the post from Tolaji Bola’s cutback, but we were made to pay for our missed chances on the stroke of half-time, as Jake Cain doubled Liverpool’s advantage with a powerful strike into the top corner.

Cain then went on to score his second of the afternoon just two minutes after the restart, firing home from the edge of the area, before Ben Woodburn made it four, finishing from close range.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, Steve Bould’s side will face Southampton on Friday, March 5.

The game will take place at Westwood Stadium with kick-off at 2pm (UK time).

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