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Match report: Newport County 3-4 Arsenal U-21s

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WHAT HAPPENED

There was late drama for our under-21s on Tuesday night as they secured a vital 4-3 victory over Newport County in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Kevin Betsy’s side were trailing 3-2 with less than five remaining, but James Olayinka and Charles Sagoe Jr popped up late on to complete the comeback and secure all three points.

Having named an experienced line up, the League Two hosts opened the scoring through Jordan Greenidge, who picked his spot from the edge of the area to find the bottom corner.

But our youngsters provided an instant response, as Omari Hutchinson picked up the ball on the wing and nutmegged a player, before cutting inside and curling a fine effort into the far left corner.

It was a deserved equaliser and shortly after the restart we raced into the lead with Salah Oulad M'Hand firing a stunning free-kick past Nick Townsend.

Our lead would last just 10 minutes, though, as Timmy Abraham equalised with a deflect effort inside the penalty area, before Alex Fisher turned the game on its head again with a powerful strike to put The Exiles in front.

Our youngsters could have easily accepted defeat, but instead, they pushed on in numbers and continued pressing to spark a dramatic late comeback.

First, Olayinka equalised with less than five minutes remaining from inside the penalty area, before substitutes Khayon Edwards and Sagoe Jr combined to secure all three points deep into stoppage time, with the latter providing the all-important finishing touch.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next in the Papa John’s Trophy, Betsy’s side will face Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, November 16.

The game will take place at Home Park with kick-off at 7.45pm (UK time).

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

We were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley in an entertaining game in our second group-stage match in the U-18 Premier League Cup on Saturday.

We made a bright start at London Colney, and came close to the opener when Charlie Sagoe Jr - who scored a dramatic late winner in our opening clash in the competition - combined well with Marcelo Flores, whose firm shot was saved.

The in-from Khayon Edwards soon came close with a stinging drive from the edge of the area that was saved well by Charlie Casper, with the Burnley keeper also blocked Sagoe Jr’s follow-up effort.

We made the breakthrough seven minutes before the interval when James Sweet was tripped in the area, and Flores made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

But we were pegged back at the start of the second half when Flores was closed down on the edge of the box, and Will Hugill slotted home for the Clarets.

Flores soon tested Casper again after a twisting, turning run into the Burnley box but the goalkeeper was equal to it.

But we didn’t have long to wait to retake the lead when Sagoe Jr found space in the box and fired a dangerous ball across goal, only for Dan Sassi to turn it into his own goal.

Just as it looked like we would secure our second win on the bounce in the competition, Burnley burst forward and Tremaine Eastmond supplied a neat finish to a sweeping ball into the area to equalise.

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