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Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-23s 3-0 Villarreal

Villarreal CF -

Meadow Park
Premier League International Cup
Premier League International Cup
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Tormey  (6)
                   E. Smith Rowe (54)
                   Coyle (77)
            
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Arsenal U23
Tormey (6)
E. Smith Rowe (54)
Coyle (77)
3 0
  Villarreal CF
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Villarreal CF

WHAT HAPPENED 

We swept past Villarreal in our opening match of the Premier League International Cup after an impressive performance at Meadow Park. 

We started strongly and took the lead inside seven minutes when Jose Carceles parried Trae Coyle’s effort into the air and Nathan Tormey reacted quickly to head into an empty net.

Coyle came close 10 minutes later when he collected the ball, skipped a challenge and drove into the box, but saw his low shot saved by Carceles. 

Villarreal came close to scoring an equaliser on the stroke of half time when Ivan Martinez Nunez collected a mistimed clearance from Dinos Mavropanos, before seeing his curling effort crash against the post. 

We doubled our advantage shortly after the interval when Emile Smith Rowe turned neatly to create space, played a pass to Tormey who turned his marker, before laying the ball back to our midfielder who fired past Carceles. 

Nunez was at the heart of the visitors’ attacking play and rode a challenge before seeing his goal bound strike blocked by Mavropanos on the edge of the box. 

Coyle put the game to bed in the 77th minute when a header across the box found him at the back post, and he took a touch before slotting underneath Carceles. 

WHAT IT MEANS 


WHAT’S NEXT 

Steve Bould’s youngsters next face Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 on Friday, December 6 at 7pm (UK time)

By Sam Cox

Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-23s 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

WHAT HAPPENED

We moved to the top of the Premier League 2 table with a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Meadow Park on Friday night.

Trae Coyle, Zech Medley and Tyreece John-Jules were all on the scoresheet as Steve Bould’s side registered a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.

The win sees us leapfrog Chelsea and Derby County to move one point clear at the summit of the table with a total of 23 points from the opening 12 games.

Our first chance of the evening came inside five minutes when Nathan Tormey broke down the wing and chipped a ball into Robbie Burton, who saw his volley from the edge of the box fly wide.

Chances were few and far between during the opening exchanges but we took the lead midway through the first half when Emile Smith Rowe collected a powerful header from Dinos Mavropanos. Smith Rowe then drove towards the box and played a great ball into Coyle, who kept his composure and slotted home.

We then doubled our advantage from a corner, with John-Jules seeing his header come back off the post before Medley reacted quickly to head home the rebound.

John-Jules made it three on the stroke of half-time when the ball broke to him just inside the box. The striker took a touch before drilling a powerful effort beyond the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.

Smith Rowe came close to adding a fourth on the hour mark when a curling effort from the edge of the box flew wide of the post.

Coyle almost scored his second of the match when he brought the ball down inside the box and shifted onto his left foot, but his curling effort crashed against the crossbar.

However, the visitors pulled a goal back with 10 minutes left to play when Harry Chapman skipped past a challenge before firing beyond Matt Macey from inside the box.

Tormey almost made it four in injury time from a Coyle cut-back but was denied by the foot of the post.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT

Steve Bould’s side face Brighton away from home on Friday, December 13 at 7pm (UK time).

By Sam Cox