FA Youth Cup third round
Cheltenham Town 0 Arsenal 0 (a.e.t., Arsenal won 4-2 on penalties)
Schoolboy Charlie Patino scored the decisive penalty in the shootout as Arsenal U18s survived a scare to beat Cheltenham Town on penalties in the FA Youth Cup third round tonight.
It was a hard-fought encounter for Ken Gillard’s side, who were deprived of the services of Miguel Azeez and Joel Lopez due to injuries.
Arsenal started well, with Ben Cottrell, Sam Greenwood and Daniel Oyegoke all having chances to find the net, but they were unable to score.
Ryan Alebiosu threatened in the closing stages of the first half, but the two sides went into the break level.
Cheltenham posed difficulties for Arsenal in the early stages of the second period, with goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk called into action.
Arsenal introduced Matthew Dennis in place of Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and then Matthews was denied.
The game went to extra-time, with Luke Plange then coming on for Alebiosu.
Plange had an effort cleared off the line and schoolboy Taylor Foran replaced Alex Kirk to make his debut at this level.
Penalties followed, with Greenwood, Matthews and Dennis all scoring for Arsenal, and, after Graczyk denied Stanton, Patino stepped forward to settle the tie and send Arsenal into the fourth round, where they will host Southampton.
Arsenal: Graczyk; Oyegoke, Kirk (Foran), Monlouis, Ogungbo; Patino, Cottrell; Alebiosu (Plange), Greenwood, Butler-Oyedeji (Dennis); Matthews. Subs not used: Mitchell, Cirjan, Foran.