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Match report: Arsenal U-23s 5-0 Brighton

Balogun

Brighton & Hove Albion U23 -

Meadow Park
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Azeez (7)
                   Balogun (10
                   45
                   90 + 4)
                   Moller (86)
            
   crest
Arsenal U23
Azeez (7)
Balogun (10
45
90 + 4)
Moller (86)
5 0
  Brighton & Hove Albion U23
   crest
Brighton & Hove Albion U23

WHAT HAPPENED 

Folarin Balogun delivered a performance to remember for our under-23s as we cruised to a 5-0 victory over Brighton.

It was also a fifth consecutive Premier League 2 victory for Steve Bould’s side, seeing them climb up the table from 11th to fifth.

This was our youngsters’ first competitive fixture in over a month, but there were no signs of rustiness at Meadow Park, as Miguel Azeez gave us an early lead.

The 18-year-old midfielder picked up possession on the edge of the area, skipped past his marker and then curled the ball into the top right corner.

Balogun then went on to double our advantage in style, kickstarting an attack by weaving between two defenders, before playing a one-two with Azeez and whipping the ball past Thomas McGill and into the far corner.

The 19-year-old forward looked dangerous every time he received the ball, and it wasn’t long before he had his second of the night. Played through by Azeez on the counter, Balogun got his head down on the halfway line and charged at the Brighton defence, beating his marker for pace before finishing into the bottom corner.

Things only got better in the second half too, as Tim Akinola made a vital recovery on the edge of Brighton’s defence and teed up Nikolaj Moller, who was left with the simple task of firing into an open goal.

Our entire team delivered an impressive performance, but captain Balogun in particular was outstanding, and deep into stoppage time he completed his hat-trick, controlling a loose ball inside the area to finish through the legs of McGill.

WHAT IT MEANS

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT

Next up, we will face Tottenham on Friday, January 29.

The game will take place at Hotspur Way Training Ground with kick-off at 12pm (UK time).

Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal U-23s

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-23s slipped to another defeat on Saturday as they were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool.

Coming into this game, only a point separated the two sides - but the hosts were full of confidence after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea just one week earlier.

We started on the front foot, though, and looked dangerous in transition with Reiss Nelson breaking forward at pace and squaring for Nikolaj Moller, who was unable to make contact at the final moment.

Liverpool had barely had a sight of our goal but, with a lapse in concentration from Ryan Alebiosu, we gifted possession away inside the area and Layton Stewart duly found the bottom corner.

Catalin Cirjan came close to an equaliser shortly after, rattling the post from Tolaji Bola’s cutback, but we were made to pay for our missed chances on the stroke of half-time, as Jake Cain doubled Liverpool’s advantage with a powerful strike into the top corner.

Cain then went on to score his second of the afternoon just two minutes after the restart, firing home from the edge of the area, before Ben Woodburn made it four, finishing from close range.

WHAT IT MEANS

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, Steve Bould’s side will face Southampton on Friday, March 5.

The game will take place at Westwood Stadium with kick-off at 2pm (UK time).

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