Olayinka scores as Arsenal U18s draw with Brighton in dramatic encounter

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U18 Premier League 

Brighton 2 (Cashman 84, Ljubicic 90) Arsenal 2 (Olayinka 85, Ljubicic o.g. 90)

James Olayinka was amongst the scorers as Arsenal U18s drew 2-2 away to Brighton & Hove Albion today in a game that had a dramatic conclusion.

With a host of players still unavailable, Arsenal coach Kwame Ampadu named the same side that started in the victory over Reading, with the only changes to the squad being the inclusions of Zech Medley and Armstrong Okoflex on the bench.


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Subs: Okoflex (for John-Jules, 61), Medley (for Thompson, 82). Subs not used: Swanson, Spencer-Adams, T. Smith.

After a rather uneventful first half the game sprung into life in the second period, with Danny Cashman putting Brighton ahead in the 84th minute after he was teed up by substitute Stefan Ljubicic.

Arsenal responded by scoring just a minute later as the impressive Olayinka finished well following good work from Josh Benson.

There was more drama to come. Firstly Ljubicic looked to have won the game for Brighton when he scored in the third minute of stoppage time but, in a cruel twist of fate, the Icelandic youngster scored an own goal just two minutes later as Arsenal took a point from the game.


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