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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: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal U-23s

Our unbeaten run in the league came to an end as goals from Charlie Brown and Clinton Mola cancelled out Ben Cottrell’s strike.

WHAT HAPPENED 

Folarin Balogun came close in the opening exchanges but after good work to gain space, his shot was well saved. 

The hosts almost took the lead when Dynel Simeu fired at goal from the edge of the box but Zak Swanson’s header diverted the danger away for a corner. 

Chelsea’s pressure payed off minutes later when Brown raced behind our defence and slotted past Karl Hein. 

We responded well to going behind as Swanson saw his deflected cross bounce the wrong side of the goal line before Nathan Tormey fired a half volley into the side netting from inside the box. 

The Blues grabbed a second, somewhat against the run of play, when Clinton Mola’s strike following a corner took a deflection, wrong footed Hein and hit the back of the net. 

On the stroke of half-time, Balogun saw a shot saved from inside the box but Cottrell brought us back into the game when he fired home the rebound from inside the six-yard area.

We came close to an equaliser minutes into the second-half when Balogun slotted Trae Coyle into the box, but our forward saw his effort saved from close range.

Balogun thought he should have been awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when he went down under a challenge from Jamie Cumming, but the referee was quick to wave away the protests. 

Chelsea’s two-goal advantage was restored shortly after when Brown headed Billy Gilmour’s cross past Hein from close range. 

Coyle was denied by Cumming once again after our forward struck a goal-bound effort towards the top corner but the fingertips of the Chelsea ‘keeper kept it out. 

Minutes before full-time, Mola weaved through our defence and shot from inside the area, but Hein made a great save to divert his effort wide. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain fourth in the Premier League 2 table behind Chelsea, Derby County and Everton.


WHAT’S NEXT 

Steve Bould’s side next face Manchester City away from home on Saturday, October 26 at 4.30pm (UK Time)

By Sam Cox