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Post-Match Report

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

Liverpool Under 23 -

Meadow Park
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Tormey  (41)
                   Balogun (63)
            
   crest
Arsenal U23
Tormey (41)
Balogun (63)
2 2
  Liverpool Under 23
      
              Jones (30
               38)
          
   crest
Liverpool Under 23
Jones (30 38)

WHAT HAPPENED

Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes and claimed an assist as we came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park

The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. 

Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.

Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross and they thought they had doubled their lead soon afterwards, but the referee disallowed Brewster’s strike for a foul on Macey. 

The second did come, however, when Jones met another Longstaff’s cross to head home. 

We were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.

Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. 

Following Balogun’s equaliser, both teams struggled to create any clear-cut chances as we limited Liverpool to shots from distance. 

Bellerin caused problems down the right and delivered another cross into the box but the visitors were able to clear their lines. 

The score remained all square at full time as Steve Bould’s side extended their unbeaten run to seven Premier League 2 matches. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain third in the table behind Everton and Chelsea.


WHAT’S NEXT

Steve Bould's side next travel to Peterborough United in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday, October 1 at 7.30pm (UK time)

By Sam Cox

Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-2 Tottenham

WHAT HAPPENED 

Despite Nathan Butler-Oyedeji's brace handing us a two-goal lead, we were denied all three points as Tottenham staged a late comeback on Saturday.

We started the match brightly as Alfie Matthews picked up the ball and played in Ryan Alebiosu, but his strike at goal was blocked.

Immediately after, the visitors created their first chance when J’Neil Bennett curled an effort just wide from the edge of the box. 

Miguel Azeez was dictating the tempo in midfield and saw a well-taken volley from the edge of the box stopped by Thimothee Lo-Tutala. 

Bennett looked dangerous for the visitors and would have put them ahead had it not have been for Matthew Dennis’ perfectly timed slide tackle. 

The opening goal came on the stroke of half-time when Butler-Oyedeji collected the ball on the edge of the box, cut inside and curled a shot into the top corner. 

Our number 11 grabbed his second of the match 15 minutes after the restart when Azeez whipped in a fine ball and he flicked home a header. 

Tottenham replied when Bennett found enough space to fire a shot past Hubert Graczyk from long range to give them a lifeline. 

With 15 minutes remaining, Azeez almost restored our two-goal advantage when he whipped a free-kick towards goal but Lo-Tutala made a good save to deny him. 

We looked set to claim our third win of the season, but deep into injury time, the ball broke to Kion Etete who controlled well and fired past Graczyk from inside the box. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We sit eighth in the U-18 Premier League South table above Leicester City, Reading and Swansea

WHAT’S NEXT 

Ken Gillard’s side next travel to face Fulham on Saturday, November 9 at 10am (UK time)