Report – Arsenal U18s suffer late frustration with draw against Norwich despite Matthews strike

U18 Premier League

Norwich City 2 (Dickson-Peters 39 (pen), Dronfield 90) Arsenal 2 (Cottrell 11, Matthews 74)

Arsenal U18s saw their inconsistent league form continue today as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Norwich City despite a goal from substitute Alfie Matthews.

Levi Laing started at right-back in the absence of Daniel Oyegoke, while Kido Taylor-Hart, who recently returned from injury, was deployed on the left wing.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji is sidelined while schoolboy midfielder Charlie Patino was also not involved.

Arsenal took the lead in the eleventh minute, with the impressive Ben Cottrell opening the scoring.

However, Norwich ended the half level, with Thomas Dickson-Peters scoring a penalty.

Earlier in the half Arsenal had lost Joel Lopez to injury, with the Spaniard being replaced by Jason Sraha.

Coach Ken Gillard made further alterations during the second half, with Matthew Dennis and Matthews entering the fray.

It was the latter who would put Arsenal back in front as he scored following good work from Sam Greenwood.

There was to be disappointment late on for Arsenal, though, with Zach Dronfield getting Norwich’s second equaliser in stoppage time, to leave Arsenal remaining in 10th place.

Arsenal: Graczyk; Laing, Kirk, Ogungbo, Lopez (Sraha 21); Azeez, Cirjan (Dennis 56); Alebiosu, Cottrell, Taylor-Hart (Matthews 55); Greenwood.

Subs not used: Mitchell, Plange.

One comment

  1. No offense, Jeorge, but it would have been valuable information that Arsenal U18 was playing with 10 men for about 24 minutes as Dennis (who came on just 15 minutes earlier) got injured, and the coach had no further substitutions left.
    Not for the sake of blaming Gillard, but regaining the lead with a player short is quite some achievement, even if the lads couldn’t keep it.

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