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