Report – Arsenal U18s knocked out of FA Youth Cup after suffering shock defeat to Colchester United

FA Youth Cup third round

Colchester United 3 (Lowe 45 (pen.), Tovide 80, Bennett 90) Arsenal 0

Arsenal U18s fell at the first hurdle in this season’s FA Youth Cup as they suffered a shock 3-0 loss away to Colchester United tonight.

The hosts tried their utmost and were rewarded for their persistence as they took the lead through a penalty from Ryan Lowe just before half time before Samson Tovide and Kaan Bennett added further goals in the closing stages of the second period.

This was the final opportunity for the likes of Charlie Patino, Omari Hutchinson and Brooke Norton-Cuffy to win this competition, but others, such as Amario Cozier-Duberry, will have another chance next season.

There were some notable absentees for Arsenal, including Marcelo Flores, who was away with Mexico, and the likes of Zane Monlouis and James Sweet, who are injured.

Jack Wilshere was part of the coaching staff along with Max Porter, who usually coaches at U14 level.



Norton Cuffy-Patino-Henry Francis-Cozier Duberry



Subs: Jeffcott (for Awe, 60), Richards (for Bandeira, 65), Sagoe Jr (for Foran, 85). Not used: Kovacevic, Robinson, Ibrahim, Gaspar.

Arsenal had the first chance of the game, with Jack Henry-Francis’ deflected effort being saved by Colchester goalkeeper Endurance Johnson.

Colchester then had an opportunity of their own as Tovide went for goal, but his shot was off target.

Patino and Hutchinson looked to make use of their relative experience up against the Colchester defence, but both players had shots saved.

Tovide then found himself through on goal after getting the better of Taylor Foran but he was again unable to score.

Patino tried his luck again only to be thwarted by Johnson before Arsenal goalkeeper Remy Mitchell was called into action at the other end.

Colchester had put in a spirited performance and won a penalty just before half time, with their captain Lowe stepping up and scoring.

In the early stages of the second half Colchester had another opportunity, with Bennett being thwarted by Mitchell.

Reuell Walters made an impressive interception to halt a Colchester attack on one occasion, but Arsenal found themselves under further pressure.

Henry Jeffcott and exciting forward Amani Richards had entered the fray as Arsenal looked to improve but the next goal was scored by Colchester as Tovide, who had produced an impressive display, made it 2-0 with a header.

Charles Sagoe Jr, who perhaps should have started, came on for Foran, but there was still time for Colchester to inflict further misery on Arsenal as Bennett finished well in stoppage time.

Arsenal will be hugely disappointed to have exited this prestigious competition at the third round stage for the second time in three seasons, although the silver lining is that some of the prospects on show tonight still have a chance of getting into the first-team eventually.

In the league this season it has been evident that Arsenal are vulnerable defensively, while the midfield doesn’t always provide sufficient protection to the defence.

It had been hoped that this team, containing such prominent prospects as Patino and Hutchinson, would be able to go on a lengthy run in the Youth Cup, but Colchester’s combination of graft and craft put paid to those dreams.



  1. Another poor result of late. It seems the 3 defeats in 4 for the first team is spreading through the academy and the women’s team.

    It’s a familiar theme, happens too often.

  2. A dearth of proper defenders and defensive midfielders once again raises its ugly head, unbalanced recruitment and the obsession with inside forwards seems endemic.

  3. Give Henry Timi Davis a try !! ?? You will win it next year

    On Fri, Dec 10, 2021, 9:08 PM Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth wrote:

    > Jeorge Bird posted: ” FA Youth Cup third round Colchester United 3 (Lowe > 45 (pen.), Tovide 80, Bennett 90) Arsenal 0 Arsenal U18s fell at the first > hurdle in this season’s FA Youth Cup as they suffered a shock 3-0 loss away > to Colchester United tonight. The hosts” >

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