Report – Substitute Khayon Edwards scores dramatic late winner as Arsenal U18s beat West Ham United

U18 Premier League

Arsenal 1 (Edwards 90) West Ham United 0

Arsenal U18s left it very late to see off their West Ham United counterparts at London Colney today, with striker Khayon Edwards coming off the bench to score the winner in the second minute of stoppage time.

The victory sees Arsenal move above Chelsea into fifth place, although the Blues have a game in hand.

There were a host of changes to the side that lost to Crystal Palace last time out. Hubert Graczyk replaced Remy Mitchell in goal, while Taylor Foran made his first appearance at this level since October as he came in for Alex Kirk.

Catalin Cirjan was given a runout in the number ten position, with Mauro Bandeira dropping to the bench and there was also a start for Joel Ideho instead of Kido Taylor-Hart, with the latter having been involved with the U23s of late.

Arsenal were still without Marcelo Flores, while Charlie Patino has seemingly been promoted to the U23 squad.

West Ham included Arsenal youngster Levi Laing in their side as a trialist.

Arsenal again deployed Nathan Butler-Oyedeji up front but found it difficult to make the breakthrough and eventually turned to their bench in the second half, with Edwards entering the fray in place of Ideho.

Mauro Bandeira later replaced Jack Henry-Francis, but it was Edwards who would make the decisive contribution as he scored in stoppage time to take his tally for the season to four goals in ten games after being set up by Omari Hutchinson.

Arsenal are back in action on Saturday when they face Brighton & Hove Albion away.

Arsenal: Graczyk; Norton-Cuffy, Foran, Monlouis, Ogungbo; Henry-Francis (Bandeira, 74), Sweet; Hutchinson, Cirjan, Ideho (Edwards, 64); Butler-Oyedeji.

Subs not used: Kovacevic, Awe, Jeffcott.

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