U18 Premier League
Arsenal 1 (Plange 83) Chelsea 2 (Broja 12, 79)
Arsenal U18s got the defence of their southern section title off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea yesterday despite Luke Plange’s first goal at this level.
Many members of last season’s team have moved up to the U23s, with first-year scholars Mazeed Ogungbo and Kido Taylor-Hart being given starts along with schoolboy defender Zane Monlouis.
Subs: Butler-Oyedeji (for Dennis, 71), Plange (for Matthews, 78). Not used: Graczyk, Sraha, Flaherty.
Armando Broja gave Chelsea the lead in the 17th minute and eventually doubled his tally with eleven minutes remaining.
Plange, on as a substitute, reduced the deficit after he was teed up by Taylor-Hart, but, despite their best efforts, Arsenal couldn’t get an equaliser.
Gillard’s side are back in action next weekend when they face Aston Villa away.