Report – Ideho scores but Arsenal U18s suffer defeat to Fulham

U18 Premier League

Fulham 3 (Dibley-Dias 65, Bowie 72, Biereth 81) Arsenal 1 (Ideho 60)

Arsenal U18s were beaten 3-1 away to Fulham today despite a strike from Joel Ideho.

Ken Gillard was forced into something of a tactical reshuffle, with several players unavailable, including Catlin Cirjan, who is likely to be with the U23s on Monday.

Henry Jeffcott moved into central defence, with Zach Awe stepping into midfield, while Marcelo Flores returned to the starting lineup after making his comeback from injury in midweek.

There were several absentees due to injury, including midfielder Mauro Bandeira, who underwent surgery this week.

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Edwards

Subs: Walters (for Ideho, 74), Richards (for Flores, 79), Gaspar (for Henry-Francis, 79). Not used: Mitchell, Sagoe.

Following a goalless first half, Arsenal took the lead on the hour mark through Ideho, who is really starting to find his feet for the Gunners.

The assist was provided by Omari Hutchinson, who has now set up eight goals at this level this season.

Arsenal’s lead didn’t last for long, however, as Matthew Dibley-Dias equalised for Fulham just five minutes later.

With 72 minutes gone, Kieron Bowie put Fulham ahead, with the Arsenal defence struggling to cope while under pressure.

Arsenal brought on schoolboy Reuell Walters in place of Ideho, with Luigi Gaspar and Amani Richards entering the fray shortly afterwards, the latter making his debut at this level.

It was title-chasing Fulham, though, who would get the final goal of the game as Mika Biereth made it 3-1.

With five league games left to play, Arsenal remain in seventh place in the table.

2 comments

  1. Do you see any rationale behind the Awe-Jeffcott swap, Jeorge?
    Even if we can’t play with 2 LBs wouldn’t Ogungbo make a more solid DM than Awe?

    The team had a potent front 4, but the DM/CM part could have been stronger.

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