Report – Olayinka scores and assists; Bola sent off as Arsenal U23s draw 3-3 with Everton

Premier League 2

Everton 3 (Simms 35, 37, 74) Arsenal 3 (Olowu 17, Olayinka 43, M. Smith 78)

Arsenal U23s drew 3-3 away to Everton in an entertaining contest last night and ended the game with ten men following the late dismissal of Tolaji Bola.

Coach Steve Bould was deprived of the services of Harry Clarke, but Zak Swanson returned from injury to start at right-back. First-team goalkeeper Matt Macey also started.

Meanwhile, first-year scholar Daniel Oyegoke was named amongst the substitutes after receiving his first callup at this level.

Everton started well, with Kyle John having a chance to score, but he was unable to find the net.

It was Arsenal who took the lead in the 17th minute, with Joseph Olowu getting his first ever goal at this level as he sent a header beyond the reach of his former team-mate Joao Virginia.

Everton pulled level ten minutes before half-time, with Ellis Sims finding the net.

Simms then scored again just two minutes later, but it was then 2-2 as Zech Medley did well to find James Olayinka, who finished impressively.

Arsenal made an alteration at the break, with Tobi Omole replacing Olowu.

Olayinka missed a chance to make it 3-2 after half time as he shot over and then Lewis Gibson headed in to put Everton in the ascendancy.

However, Arsenal then levelled as Olayinka found Matt Smith, who scored.

There was further drama to come, with Bola dismissed after a rash challenge on Beni Baningime, but Arsenal held on to take a point.

Arsenal: Macey; Swanson, Olowu (Omole, 46), Medley, Bola; M. Smith, Burton; Olayinka, McEneff, Tormey; Balogun.

Subs not used: Hillson, Cottrell, Oyegoke

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