Report – Matt Smith hits brace as Arsenal U18s beat Swansea


U18 Premier League

Swansea 1 Arsenal 3 (Greenwood 13, M. Smith 48, 90)

Matt Smith hit a brace as Arsenal U18s beat Swansea City 3-1 to extend their winning run to three games.

Joel Lopez returned to the side, while Karl Hein started in goal, with Arthur Okonkwo on the bench for the U23s.

Hein

Daley Campbell-McGuinness-Spencer Adams- Lopez

M. Smith-Clarke

Flaherty-Greenwood-Musah

Balogun

Subs: Azeez (for Clarke, 46), Cottrell (for Flaherty, 59), Dennis (for Lopez, 85). Not used; Graczyk, Martin

Arsenal took the lead in the 13th minute, with Sam Greenwood continuing his fine form by finding the net.

Swansea equalised before half-time, however, as Eidur Gudjohnsen’s half-brother Arnor scored.

In the second half Arsenal, and specifically Smith, dominated the game, with the midfielder scoring twice to secure the win.

Smith’s second goal, which was scored in stoppage time, was set up by schoolboy Miguel Azeez, who was making his first appearance at this level this season.

Azeez replaced Harry Clarke at half time after the midfielder went off injured.

Arsenal return to action next weekend when they host Fulham.

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