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Post-Match Report

Match report: Ipswich 1-2 Arsenal U-21s

Lewis

Ipswich Town -

Portman Road
Leasing.com Trophy
Leasing.com Trophy
  Ipswich Town
      
              Nolan  (25)
          
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Ipswich Town
Nolan (25)
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  Arsenal U21
      
                  Lewis  (45 + 1)
                   Balogun  (54)
            
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Arsenal U21
Lewis (45 + 1)
Balogun (54)

WHAT HAPPENED

George Lewis scored on his under-21s debut on Tuesday night as we sealed an impressive 2-1 win over Ipswich town in the Leasing.com Trophy.

Prolific goalscorer Folarin Balogun also found the back of the net, while Mark McGuinness impressed as captain in the heart of our defence.

We made a promising start to the game and looked dangerous on the break, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring when Jon Nolan converted Alan Judge’s cross inside the area.

We didn’t let our heads drop, though, and following a spell of pressure on the stroke of half time, Lewis found space inside the area and fired into the bottom corner.

It could be argued that our equaliser was against the run of play, but our second was anything but.

After starting the second half with greater attacking intensity, Ben Cottrell picked up the ball on the halfway line and played a defence-splitting pass for Balogun, who raced through on goal and duly finished. 

Miguel Azeez then went on to rattle the crossbar with an audacious free-kick from distance, before Salah-Eddine Oulad M'hand fired over after beating his marker with a nutmeg.

The hosts took control of the game in the latter stages, using their experience to pin us back, but we dug deep and held our shape to secure three valuable points.

WHAT IT MEANS

Group J table

WHAT’S NEXT

Next up in Group J we’ll face Crawley Town on October 13.

The game will take place at the Broadfield Stadium with kick-off at 7.45pm (UK time).

Post-Match Report

Match report: Brighton 2-2 Arsenal U-23s

Saliba

WHAT HAPPENED 

William Saliba starred for our under-23s on Friday night as we secured a 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on the road. 

Ben Cottrell and James Olayinka were the names on the scoresheet - but it was Saliba who impressed most, showing great composure and quality to dominate play from deep. 

We started strong and came close to an opener through Folarin Balogun, who struck the post after regaining possession high up the field. 

George Lewis then went on to sting the gloves of Carl Rushworth with a dipping effort, before Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand and Balogun combined neatly on the edge of the area, only for the latter to be denied by a stunning save. 

The hosts then went on to take the lead against the run of play, with Teddy Jenks converting coolly from the spot. 

But on the stroke of half-time, Lewis skipped past his marker on the edge of the area with some fine footwork, before playing an inch-perfect pass for Cottrell to finish into the far corner. 

The England Under-18 international has now scored in each of our PL2 fixtures this season. 

We continued to push forward after the restart and were duly handed our reward, with Saliba playing a key role in the goal. 

The France youth international skipped forward out of defence and played a probing pass into the attack, where Olayinka was able to turn and finish into the bottom corner. 

We went on to create a number of other promising opportunities, but in the end we were made to pay for our missed chances, as Danny Cashman headed home at the far post for a share of the spoils. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN 

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT 

Next up, we will face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, September 26, with kick-off at 1pm (UK time). 

 

 

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