Arsenal U18s returned to winning ways yesterday as they staged an impressive comeback to beat their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts 4-2 away from home.
Frans De Kat’s side, who have made a mixed start to the new season, found themselves two goals down after 61 minutes against Brighton, but reduced the deficit through the in-form Edward Nketiah before substitute Yassin Fortune scored a timely first competitive goal for the club to make it 2-2.
The young Gunners, with Thierry Henry once again present in a coaching capacity, weren’t finished there as Nketiah finished from close range to make it 3-2, with Savvas Mourgos subsequently adding further gloss to the scoreline with a well-dispatched penalty.
Arsenal were able to call upon the relative experience of Ryan Huddart in goal, whilst U15 shot-stopper Daniel Barden was amongst the substitutes in the absence of Hugo Keto. Kostas Pileas, meanwhile, was named on the bench for the first time this season after receiving international clearance from FIFA.
Huddart; Osei-Tutu, Da Graca, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis; Agyei-Tabi, Mourgos; Eyoma, Da Silva, Nelson; Nketiah. Subs: Barden, Fortune, Gilmour, Tella, Pileas.
Meanwhile, on a positive day for Arsenal’s youngsters, Dan Crowley was impressive as Barnsley lost to Shrewsbury Town, whilst fellow midfielder Vlad Dragomir claimed two assists in the Final as Romania U17s won the Syrenka Cup after prevailing past Poland.