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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).

Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal U-23s

Our under-23s' fine form in the Premier League 2 came to a halt on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 at Liverpool.

Kevin Betsy's side were forced on to the back foot at Anfield and came close to falling a goal down when Mateusz Musialowski curled one just wide of the far post.

But we soon carved out a chance at the other end when Salah Oulad M'Hand beat two men on the edge of the area before a firing a shot at goal that was held by Reds keeper Harvey Davies.

Omari Hutchinson then came close to the opener when he was knocked over the box, before quickly rising to his feet and flashing in a shot that Davies did well to palm away. From the loose ball, the dangerous Salah cut in from the left and unleashed a goalbound shot only for the goalkeeper to deny us again.

Arthur Okonkwo had to be alert to tip a Tyler Morton effort around the post before half time, but after the interval the hosts took over. 

We fell behind before the hour mark when Musialowski raced through and finished well with his left foot, and things went from bad to worse just four minutes later when Paul Glatzel poked the ball past Okonkwo.

James Norris wrapped things up for the home side when he raced through on goal, condemning us to a disappointing defeat.

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