Tottenham get the better of Arsenal again at youth level with U18s victory

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.



  1. Good result would have testified to lots of strength in depth within ranks, but as there are only two involved who’ll be in the youth cup team, with only one starting I’d think, no need to be too worried.

    Spurs lineup had six of their starting eleven from their last youth cup game (yeah, had to reassure myself) and I’m sure the game would’ve been a hell of a lot closer if we did as well.

    Wonder what the story is with Mugabo this year. Pops up every few weeks but never seems to put a run together.

    Chelsea is where we’ll see what we’ve got.

    1. One thing I’ve got is no interest in other clubs’ websites.

      Like I said, the Chelsea games will give a good indication of our strength at this level.

      No disrespect in my original comment, either. Seems uncontentious we’d give you a closer game with our stronger players.

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