U18 Premier League
Arsenal 3 (Greenwood 55, Cottrell 66, Azeez 85) Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Longman 44)
Arsenal U18s returned to action in impressive style today as they prevailed past Brighton & Hove Albion with a 3-1 victory at London Colney.
Schoolboy Miguel Azeez featured as a substitute and made a major impact as he scored and also provided an assist for Ben Cottrell.
Arsenal were without Mark McGuinness, with another schoolboy, Mazeed Ogungbo, starting at the heart of the defence alongside Bayli Spencer-Adams.
The other notable team news saw midfielder Jordan McEneff start as he made his return from injury.
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Subs: Azeez (for McEneff, 57), Musah (for Lopez, 67), Dennis (for Greenwood, 77). Not used: Okonkwo, Alebiousu.
Arsenal had to be patient early on and it was Brighton who eventually took the lead just before half-time, with Ryan Longman finding the net.
However, the young Gunners emerged for the second half in determined mood and pulled level in the 55th minute when the ever-impressive Matt Smith teed up Sam Greenwood, who finished well to continue his excellent first campaign at the club.
Ken Gillard’s side were now full of confidence and set about attempting to go in front, which they did in the 66th minute as Azeez, who had only just entered the fray, found Cottrell, who made no mistake as he made it 2-1.
There was more to come from Arsenal and Azeez made it 3-1 in the 85th minute after good work from Vontae Daley-Campbell. It was Azeez’s first goal at this level and it surely won’t be the last.
This victory sees second place Arsenal keep the pressure up on league leaders Tottenham Hotspur, who are two points above them.