U18 Premier League- Game 15
Leicester City 1 (Jones) Arsenal 1 (Dawkins)
Tarum Dawkins emerged off the bench to score a dramatic late equaliser for Arsenal U18s away to Leicester City this morning.
The winger, who was left out of the squad for last week’s FA Youth Cup victory over Torquay United, scored in the final minute of regulation time after replacing Jamaal Raage.
Arsenal are still without a league victory at this level since the opening day of the season, but will be pleased to have emerged with a point from their penultimate fixture of 2013.
Coach Carl Laraman made three changes from the side that drew with West Bromwich Albion in the previous league fixture, with Elliot Wright, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Raage all coming into the team.
subs: Bola (for Robinson, 46), Dawkins (for Raage, 64).
Leicester were the more impressive side in the first-half, but Arsenal did have a sight of goal when Jack Jebb picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, although the midfielder’s strike was wide of the target.
Simonas Stankevicius then came close with a header for the hosts on the stroke of half-time and Leicester would find the net shortly after the interval, with Sam Jones finishing adroitly after Ryan Huddart had failed to hold Danny Rowe’s effort.
Brandon Fox then struck the woodwork, with Huddart being alert to gather the rebound, and it seemed as if Leicester were going to ease to victory, but Dawkins denied them all three points when he finished emphatically at the death to score his first goal of the season.
Arsenal’s U21 side also face Leicester on Monday, whilst the U18’s next assignment is at home to Norwich City next weekend. Yesterday they learnt that they will travel to face either Hull City or Peterborough United in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup.