U18 Premier League
Arsenal 4 (Monlouis 17, Hutchinson 45, Taylor-Hart 49, Ogungbo 90) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Mathurin 40)
Arsenal U18s returned to action in impressive style today as they beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at London Colney, with Kido Taylor-Hart amongst the scorers.
The young Gunners were without some key players, including Marcelo Flores and Khayon Edwards, but still managed to prevail with an impressive display.
This was an encouraging win against a very talented Tottenham team that included Dane Scarlett.
Taylor-Hart, Alex Kirk and Mazeed Ogungbo, who were all on the bench for the U23s last night, started the game, while Joel Ideho was named amongst the substitutes. James Sweet was deployed in the number ten position and Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, who is usually a winger, started up front.
Arsenal took the lead with 17 minutes gone as defender Zane Monlouis found the net, but Tottenham responded through Roshaun Mathurin.
However, Mauro Bandeira proceeded to set up Omari Hutchinson, who restored Arsenal’s lead before the break.
Arsenal suffered a blow at half time, with goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri going off injured and Hubert Graczyk replacing him.
That didn’t have impact on Arsenal’s momentum, though, with Taylor-Hart scoring just after the interval before Mazeed Ogungbo added another late on.
For the players who were involved in the U17s’ 4-1 defeat to Tottenham this week, this was a measure of revenge as on this occasion Arsenal won by the same scoreline.
Arsenal: Ejeheri (Graczyk, 46); Norton-Cuffy, Kirk, Monlouis, Ogungbo; Patino, Bandeira; Hutchinson, Sweet (Henry-Francis, 70), Taylor-Hart (Plange, 74); Butler-Oyedeji.
Subs not used: Sraha, Ideho.