U18 Premier League- Game 27
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Harrison 11, Akindayini 42, Oduwa 57) Arsenal 1 (Dobson 79)
Arsenal’s youngsters were subjected to another defeat by their North London rivals as Tottenham Hotspur emerged from London Colney with all three points in this re-arranged U18 league fixture today.
Like in the meeting between the two teams at U21 level on Friday, Tottenham were the superior side, with the visitors scoring twice before the interval and adding a third goal early in the second-half. Schoolboy George Dobson reduced the deficit late on, but this result brought an end to Arsenal’s brief revival in fortunes at this level.
Despite the fact that the U21 side are taking on Everton tomorrow, coach Carl Laraman was still able to call upon the considerable talents of Dan Crowley and Jack Jebb. Elliot Wright and Olufela Olomola came into the side.
subs: Vickers, Donovan, Robinson, Ejaria, Eyoma.
Tottenham started brightly, with Kyle Walker-Peters finding Shayon Harrison, whose shot was tipped onto the crossbar and over by Arsenal goalkeeper Ryan Huddart.
Harrison would score with his next attempt. He exchanged passes with Harry Winks, who was so impressive on Friday, before beating Huddart with a well-struck effort.
Arsenal responded through Austin Lipman, with the striker’s effort being cleared off the line by the alert Walker-Peters. Just prior to that Arsenal had the ball in the net, but the strike was ruled out for offside.
Walker-Peters was seemingly everywhere in the first-half and he played in substitute Daniel Akindayini, who made it 2-0 just before the interval.
Tottenham effectively sealed victory just before the hour mark when Harrison found Nathan Oduwa, who scored the goal of the game after he cut in from the left flank and found the net with an excellent strike.
Arsenal restored a smidgen of pride when Dobson headed in unmarked from a corner for his second goal at this level, but Tottenham could have inflicted further damage in the closing stages, with Harrison and Oduwa both coming close to doubling their respective tallies.
After a couple of impressive performances recently, this result will go down as yet another disappointment for the U18s this season. They have four league games remaining this campaign, starting with the visit of Newcastle United on Saturday morning.