U18 Premier League- Game 23
Arsenal 0 West Ham United 3 (Bywater 5, Amoo 8, Onariase 86)
Arsenal U18s saw their recent good form come to an abrupt halt as they were beaten 3-0 by West Ham United at London Colney this morning.
Carl Laraman made three changes from the side that dispatched of West Bromwich Albion last week, with Alfred Mugabo, Kaylen Hinds and Marc Bola coming into the team, the latter making his first start of the season.
subs: Robinson (for Lipman, 59), Mavididi (for Dawkins, 65). Not used: Iliev, Kamara, Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal struggled to get going, with West Ham dominating from the off. The visitors took the lead with just five minutes on the clock after Jerry Amoo cut the ball back into the path of Kieran Bywater, who finished past Ryan Huddart in the Arsenal goal.
West Ham’s dream start then got even better, with Amoo capitalising on some static defending at a corner to double West Ham’s advantage.
Having awoken from their early slumber, Arsenal gradually began to assert themselves, but Huddart still had to be alert to deny Emmanuel Onariase from a corner.
Arsenal’s best chance fell to Hinds in the second-half, but the England U16 international couldn’t find the target with a volley from the edge of the area. Hinds later came closer with a free-kick, whilst West Ham’s Jordan Brown was denied a goal on his return to Arsenal by some resolute defending.
Arsenal struggled to carve out any more meaningful chances and West Ham merely confirmed their victory in the closing stages when Onariase headed in from close range.
It was a disappointing result for Arsenal given their recent performances, but Laraman is likely to change his entire starting line-up for Monday’s FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final against Everton at Emirates Stadium on Monday.
*Updates via @tommywathen