Report- Fortune strikes late winner as Arsenal win Durban U19 International Tournament

A late strike from Yassin Fortune ensured that Arsenal were victorious in the Durban U19 tournament as they prevailed past PSV Eindhoven with a 2-1 victory.

Arsenal had earlier taken the lead through an excellent goal from Ben Sheaf, only for the Dutch side to level. It was Fortune, though, who proved to be the hero, with the summer arrival recovering from injury in time to start.

Arsenal exacted revenge on the Dutch side, who beat them in the group stages. despite Gedion Zelalem missing a penalty in the first half.

Arsenal named a strong side for the Final and were boosted by Fortune’s availability. However, Tafai Moore, Chris Willock and Tyrell Robinson were all unavailable.


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Subs: Keto, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis, Pileas, Donovan.

Arsenal started the game strongly and were presented with an opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. Zelalem, who scored the crucial penalty in the shoot-out against Stuttgart in the Semi-Final, stepped forwards to take it, but on this occasion he was unsuccessful, with his effort being saved by the goalkeeper.

Zelalem was, however, involved in the build-up to Sheaf’s goal as he found his midfield colleague with a precise pass. Sheaf took over from there and sent a powerful effort beyond the reach of the goalkeeper to put Arsenal ahead.

 Arsenal managed to hold out until half-time, but after the break PSV equalised courtesy of a fine effort of their own from Dante.

 It was a closely-contested second-half, with goalscoring opportunities rather scarce. It appeared that it would take something rather special to settle matters, and that proved to be the case with Fortune scoring an impressive goal very late on.

That capped off an excellent individual tournament for Fortune. Arsenal as a team demonstrated tremendous character throughout the tournament when it is taken into consideration how close they came to going out in the group stages.

It is now hoped that this success will precede further glory, with the young Gunners starting their UEFA Youth League campaign next month.



  1. Fortune looks a real talent. Great to see Sheaf on top form too. He found it tough last season but looks bigger and stronger now.

    Jeorge what age group does Ben Sheaf’s younger brother play for in our Academy.

  2. i watched the game on t.v and i was excited about the upcoming campaign and the team we have on ground.
    zelalem looks absolutely amazing in d first half apart from missing the penalty but his all-round play helped the team a lot in controlling the game, wen he got substituted in the second half, the psv lads begin to have their chances.
    ben sheaf look a real talent and what an amazing player he is, his strike for the first goal looks wonderful, congratulations to him for sharing the golden boot award and also being named the tournament best player(if am not mistaken), he deserved it i must say.
    fortune on the other hand is an interesting player to watch out for, his goal was so lovely and looked as if it was the first team playing considering the build-up, passes, skills involved and calm finishing. congratulations to him also for being the man of the match
    it was lovely to have watched the game even if its just on t.v.
    the other players also did well and hold their places, hope the team as a whole grows from strength to strength

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