U18 Premier League
Manchester City 4 Arsenal 1 (Hinds)
An Arsenal U18 side composed entirely of schoolboys suffered a 4-1 defeat away to their Manchester City counterparts today. City found themselves three goals to the good inside 23 minutes after capitalising on some poor Arsenal defending, but the impressive Kaylen Hinds, making his first start up front, pulled a goal back for the Gunners before the interval. Joe Nuttall, however, struck again for City after the break to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-1.
Coach Carl Laraman rested his entire FA Youth Cup squad ahead of Monday’s tie with Everton, whilst Arinse Uade, Leander Siemann, Tom Dallison and Jordan Brown were also unavailable due to injury. Laraman handed debuts at this level to midfielder Chris Toonga and attacker Chris Willock, whilst four further schoolboys, Stephy Mavididi, Aaron Eyoma, Femi Olomola and Aaron Eyoma earned their first call-ups on the bench. George Dobson, Tyrell Robinson and Hinds, meanwhile, made their first starts after coming off the bench against Blackburn Rovers last weekend. City also fielded a rather young side by U18 league standards.
subs: Mavididi, Eyoma, Olomola, Ejaria.
City took the lead through striker Joe Nuttall with just three minutes on the clock, before winger Bersant Celina doubled their advantage from the penalty spot seven minutes later. Nuttall then struck again before Hinds reduced the deficit for Laraman’s side.
Any hopes of that goal reinvigorating the visitors soon dissipated, however, when Nuttall completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark with a fine strike past Huddart.
Arsenal have now taken just four points from a possible twelve since the commencement of the new league after Christmas, and face Aston Villa at home next week.
With thanks to @AFCFixtureNews