U18 Premier League- Game 16
Arsenal 0 Norwich City 1
Arsenal U18s’ search for a victory will continue into 2014 after they were beaten 1-0 at home to Norwich City this morning. Carl Laraman’s side played some impressive football and came close to scoring on several occasions, but still suffered defeat after conceding in the first-half.
Laraman made three changes from the team that secured a point away to Leicester City last week, with Leander Siemann, Stephy Mavididi and Stefan O’Connor coming into the side, the latter making his first appearance at this level since September.
subs: Iliev, Willock, Raage, Uade, Smith.
Arsenal started brightly and came close to opening the scoring early on with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was an un-used substitute for the U21s against Manchester United last night, finding Jack Jebb, whose shot hit the post.
Arsenal continued to dominate, with Mavididi coming perilously close to scoring only to see his lofted effort cleared off the line before Alex Iwobi directed a shot wide from the edge of the area.
All of that good work was undone, however, when Cameron headed home from a corner to open the scoring for Norwich in the 28th minute.
The goal went against the general flow of the game, but Arsenal, for all their impressive passing, were sorely lacking a sense of decisiveness in front of goal, with Mavididi seeing a shot saved before Dan Crowley hit the post.
Arsenal were thwarted twice in quick succession midway through the second-half, with Crowley and Maitland-Niles both denied by the impressive Norwich goalkeeper Ben Killip.
Despite the pressure that they exerted on the Norwich defence, however, Arsenal suffered another defeat, their ninth of the season already. They will be hoping for considerably better fortunes in the New Year.
Meanwhile, trialist Martin Graiciar scored a hat-trick, with Ernest Okoh also on the scoresheet as the U16s beat Norwich 4-2.