By Lloyd Webb
Arsenal Under-18s were beaten 2-1 at Fulham in the Under-18 Premier League.
The Cottagers missed a first half penalty but Dennis Adeniran gave them the lead just before half-time.
Stephen Humphreys - who had missed the earlier penalty - made amends by scoring the hosts' second. Marcus Agyei-Tabi scored a late penalty to set up a tense finish but the Gunners couldn’t find an equaliser.
Kostas Pileas made his first start of the season in defence as Eddie Nketiah lead the forward line.
Nketiah had the game’s first chance when he whipped a shot that brushed the side of the post from outside of the box.
Tolaji Bola brought down Jon Dagur Thorstensson as he raced towards goal . Humphreys stepped up for the penalty but Ryan Huddart was on hand to make a fantastic save.
Charlie Gilmour later crashed the ball against the bar from 20 yards out, leaving Taye Ashby-Hammond rooted to the spot.
Adeniran put Fulham ahead in the 38th minute with a powerful header crafted from a long-range free-kick.
Humphreys doubled the Cottagers’ lead early in the second half when he found the bottom corner following Marlon Fossey’s cut back and some good build-up play.
Nathan Tella won his side a penalty despite protests the foul occurred outside of the box. Marcus Agyei-Tabi made no mistake from the spot but Arsenal were unable to find a equaliser.
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