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Post-Match Report

Match report: Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal U-23s

Omari Hutchinson

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Training Ground, Leicester
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
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WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-23s moved five points clear of the Premier League 2 relegation zone on Monday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

Daniel Oyegoke returned from injury and started at right back, while Omari Hutchinson came off the bench to make his debut. Marcelo Flores also received his first call-up at this level.

The Foxes started strongly and with less than 15 minutes on the clock they were gifted a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Thanawat Suengchitthawon picked up an underhit backpass to race through on goal and round the keeper, but our defenders tracked his run and managed to make a vital block to put it behind for a corner.

We maintained our focus, though, and following some fine hold-up play from Nikolaj Moller to control a goal kick and play Trae Coyle in behind, our No 11 charged forward and made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.

Shortly after there was some fine combination play between Miguel Azeez and Kido Taylor-Hart, before George Lewis fired over from the edge of the area.

Following the restart, we continued to push forward in search of a second, but despite our best efforts, it was the hosts who struck next.

Suengchitthawon found himself through on goal and saw his initial effort saved by Tom Smith, but the rebound fell kindly and he was on hand to finish at the second time of asking.

Steve Bould’s side knew that all three points would guarantee safety, but with Leicester sitting just one place below us, the remaining half-hour played out as a cagey affair with both sides avoiding turnovers and any late mistakes.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face West Ham on Saturday, May 1.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 3pm (UK time). 

Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal U-18s

WHAT HAPPENED

Our FA Youth Cup journey came to an end in the quarter-finals on Friday night as we were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool.

Ken Gillard was forced into one change from our 3-1 victory over West Ham in the previous round - with Nathan Butler-Oyedeji replacing Omari Hutchinson - but we were unable to replicate that same attacking intensity at Anfield.

We dominated possession throughout the opening exchanges and came close through Kido Taylor-Hart, who cut inside from the left and fired over the bar, but Liverpool went on to open the scoring against the run of play.

With their first spell of pressure on our backline, Conor Bradley crossed to the far post and James Balagazi headed down, before Max Waltman converted from close range.

This boosted the hosts’ confidence and after forcing a goalmouth scramble, Miguel Azeez attempted to clear the danger and inadvertently tripped Tyler Morton, who snuck past his right shoulder to gain a vital touch of the ball. James Norris stepped up and full converted from 12 yards.

Things went from bad to worse following the restart too, as Liverpool extended their advantage through Mateusz Musialowski. The youngster raced forward on the counter and wriggled past Alex Kirk inside the area, before firing back across goal into the far corner.

Miguel Azeez eventually pulled one back from the spot, firing into the top corner after Khayon Edwards was fouled inside the area, but despite our best efforts, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal.

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we’ll face Reading in the U-18 Premier League south.

The game will take place on Tuesday, May 4 with kick-off at 6.45pm (UK time).

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