U18 Premier League- Fulham 2 Arsenal 1
After winning their previous two fixtures, Arsenal U18s saw their recent good form come to a halt yesterday as they were beaten 2-1 by their Fulham counterparts at Motspur Park.
This was Arsenal’s first return to the venue where they were thrashed 5-1 on the final day of last season; a result that condemned them to finishing in bottom place in the lowest division of the U18 league.
Coach Frans De Kat made several changes to the side that beat West Ham United last time out, with Hugo Keto, Kristopher Da Graca and Reiss Nelson all being rested after their involvement in the UEFA Youth League, whilst Yassin Fortune dropped to the bench.
In their place, Ryan Huddart started in goal, centre-back Kostas Pileas made his first official appearance for the club, Josh Dasilva also started and Tyrell Robinson returned to the side on the left wing. Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Donovan, who is still expected to leave the club in the near future, was amongst the substitutes after receiving his first call-up for over a month.
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Subs: Barden, Fortune, Tella, Agyei-Tabi, Donovan.
Arsenal started well and struck the woodwork twice in the opening period, but Arsenal were thankful for Huddart, who saved a penalty early on.
Fulham did eventually take the lead, though, with Dennis Adeniran heading past Huddart. Adeniran was also involved in Fulham’s second goal as he initiated the move that culminated in winger Stephen Humphreys making it 2-0.
Arsenal managed to reduce the deficit, with Marcus Agyei-Tabi scoring a penalty at the venue where he made his U18 debut after fellow substitute Nathan Tella was fouled in the area.
The young Gunners have won three, drawn one and lost two of their fixtures so far and are next in action against their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts at London Colney on Wednesday.
*Info via Robert Wood.