U18 Premier League
Arsenal 2 (Coyle 51, John-Jules (pen) 62) Swansea City 1 (Price 18)
Tyreece John-Jules hit the winner from the penalty spot as Arsenal U18s warmed up for the FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea by coming from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at London Colney today.
Coach Kwame Ampadu was able to call upon a rather strong side, with John-Jules, Xavier Amaechi and Danny Ballard, who were on the bench for the U23s in their title success against West Ham United last night, all starting, along with Trae Coyle and Robbie Burton.
Meanwhile, U15 defender Mazeed Ogungbo earned his first callup at this level on the bench.
Subs: M. Smith (for Burton, 20), McEneff (for Coyle, 65), Clarke (for Daley-Campbell, 78). Not used: Okonkwo, Ogungbo.
Surprisingly, given that they fielded such an impressive team, Arsenal fell behind, with Thomas Price putting Swansea ahead in the 18th minute.
Matters then went from bad to worse for Arsenal as Robbie Burton had to go off and be replaced by Matt Smith, but the young Gunners eventually managed to pull level after the break when Bukayo Saka found Coyle, who finished well.
Arsenal grew in confidence and were at a numerical advantage when Joe Lewis was dismissed for two bookable offences, with John-Jules’ penalty proving to be the difference between the two sides.
Kwame Amapdu’s side have three league games remaining, but all focus is now firmly on the double-legged Youth Cup final against Chelsea, which gets underway on Friday.