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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)
1 2
  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: Arsenal U-23s 1-2 Southampton

Cottrell

WHAT HAPPENED

We slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Southampton in our opening Premier League 2 fixture on Friday.

Eight players remained in our starting XI from Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy win over Ipswich Town - but we were unable to match that same attacking intensity against the Saints.

The visitors started as the stronger side, yet it was Ben Cottrell who opened the scoring at the second time of asking, finishing from inside the area with his left foot.

Southampton continued to dominate play, though, pressing high up the pitch, and they came close to an equaliser before the break through Kayne Ramsey, who could only fire wide.

It was more of the same in the second half and Saints eventually grabbed their reward through Josh Sims, only for Ramsey to be dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

We should have kicked on and made our advantage count, but shortly after Kgagelo Chauke reacted first inside the area to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

Substitute Salah carved out a late chance to salvage a share of the spoils, but Harry Lewis was on hand to produce a fine diving save.

WHAT’S NEXT

We have the chance to bounce back against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday, September 18.

The game will take place at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre with kick-off at 7pm (UK time)

 

 

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