U18 Premier League
Arsenal 4 (Gilmour 3 pens, John-Jules) Liverpool 1
Captain Charlie Gilmour achieved the unique feat of scoring a hat-trick of penalties as Arsenal U18s went top of their section with a 4-1 victory at home to Liverpool today.
Gilmour previously hadn’t scored all season but the midfielder found the net from the spot on three occasions, while he also set up schoolboy Tyreece John-Jules for his first goal at this level.
With several regular members of the side with the U23s, coach Kwame Ampadu drafted several schoolboys into his squad for this fixture, with John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi given starting berths, whilst Folarin Balogun, who impressed at the Future Cup recently, was on the bench.
Tobi Omole started at centre-back in place of Kostas Pileas, with the latter likely to be released when his scholarship deal expires at the conclusion of the campaign.
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Subs: Balogun (for Smith-Rowe, 46), Thompson (for Amaechi, 82), Beckford (for John-Jules, 90). Not used: Okonkwo, Pileas.
Arsenal, who beat Manchester City in their previous fixture, started brightly on this occasion and were awarded a penalty in the 26th minute, which Gilmour dispatched.
Liverpool equalised through a spot-kick of their own just three minutes later when Adam Lewis found the net but Arsenal were back in front after the break courtesy of another Gilmour penalty.
Balogun replaced Smith-Rowe at the start of the second-half for his U18 debut and it was another schoolboy, John-Jules, who made it 3-1 after he was teed up by Gilmour.
It was certainly Gilmour’s day and the Hale End product completed his hat-trick with yet another penalty four minutes from time.