Report – Charles Sagoe Jr scores late winner as Arsenal U18s beat Aston Villa

U18 Premier League

Aston Villa 2 (Jay-Hart 9, Munroe 77) Arsenal 3 (Bandeira 44, Robinson 53, Sagoe Jr 90)

Substitute Charles Sagoe Jr scored the decisive goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Arsenal U18s beat Aston Villa 3-2 away today in a tumultuous encounter.

Arsenal gave another start to 14-year-old Ethan Nwaneri, while Amario Cozier-Duberry was back in the side. However, Khayon Edwards wasn’t available, with Billy Vigar starting up front.



Robinson-Sweet-Bandeira-Cozier Duberry



Subs: Quamina (for Sousa, 46), Sagoe Jr (for Vigar, 62), Gower (for Nwaneri, 71). Not used: Rojas, Davies.

Villa took the lead in the ninth minute, with Taylor Jay-Hart opening the scoring.

Arsenal sought to report as Nwaneri did well to locate Vigar, but the striker’s header was off target.

James Sweet was then fouled in the area and Vigar stepped up to take the spot-kick but his effort was saved.

Just before half time Arsenal finally equalised, with Cozier-Duberry playing in Mauro Bandeira, who finished emphatically for his first goal at this level.

Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half as Tino Quamina replaced Lino Sousa.

In the 53rd minute Arsenal took the lead with Nwaneri passing to Josh Robinson, who embarked upon an excellent solo run and then finished well.

Sagoe Jr then entered the fray in place of Vigar and the shortly after his introduction the substitute found Mathaeus Roberts, whose effort hit the crossbar.

Arsenal’s final change saw Jimi Gower replace Nwaneri, who again gave a good account of himself at this level.

Villa equalised as Finley Munroe’s effort deflected in off Robinson.

However, Sagoe Jr was determined for Arsenal to secure all three points. Firstly he had an effort cleared off the line and then, deep into injury time, he finished adroitly after being set up by Gower.

Arsenal U18s have now registered two victories in succession and remain in sixth place in the table.



  1. Good to see the U23’s and U18’s getting back on track with some positive results…

    Three at the back seems back in vogue with both teams?

  2. Good to see the club looking at Sousa at different levels and different positions. No kid should be stereotyped into a role no matter what age.

    Pepe think if he is a left back at 14 years old he should always be a left back. Then he grows 2 foot, develops like a beast suddenly becomes a 10 sec 100m runner and then what? Do not ever judge a kid until he has developed, some will be great footballers, others just might become news readers, weathermen, djs or drug dealers.

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