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Reserves Put Four Past Norwich

by on November 15, 2011

Arsenal Reserves made it two wins in their last two games after defeating Norwich Reserves at London Colney in a comfortable victory. Neil Banfield’s side couldn’t have asked for a better start with Oğuzhan Özyakup scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes. Inform forward Sanchez Watt adding a third for Arsenal on the 36 minute. But center-back Daniel Boateng gave away a penalty late on in the first-half and Matthew Ball converted the spot kick to score for Norwich. After returning from injury Chuks Aneke scored a fourth in the second half but Daniel Boateng was given his marching orders with ten minutes to go after getting a second yellow card. Norwich got another penalty late on in the second-half after Craig Eastmond gave it away and George Francomb put it past Sean McDermott in the Arsenal goal.

After returning from West Ham on loan Manuel Almunia started in-goal for the Reserves, returning from international duty with England U-19’s Nico Yennaris continued at right-back. Versatile defender Martin Angha started as Arsenal’s left-back. Gavin Hoyte and Daniel Boateng were the center-backs at the heart of the defence. Emmanuel Frimpong dropped down from the first-team to play for his second consecutive game for the Reserves. Continuing his come back from injury Craig Eastmond partnered Frimpong as the deeper holding center midfielders. This allowed Oğuzhan Özyakup to play in the advanced attacking role behind the alone striker which was Sanchez Watt. With Ryo currently injured and Chuks Aneke who has recently returned from injury he came in for the Japanese forward. And Luke Freeman was operating on the left in the front three.

Arsenal Reserves bench had Sean McDermott as the back up goalkepper, Jernade Meade returned from injury. And three players from Steve Bould’s U-18’s side were also on the bench, who were Zak Ansah, Josh Rees and Samir Bihmoutine.

Sanchez Watt stole possession for Arsenal and got forward but his effort was blocked, but found Özyakup and his shot fired past Declan Rudd in the Fulham goal. A couple of minutes later Özyakup has scored again after good link up play between the Dutchman and Sanchez Watt. Norwich won a free-kick on the edge of the Arsenal box but Francomb’s effort was saved by Almunia.

Gavin Hoyte went down injured for Neil Banfield’s side and had to be substituted for Jernade Meade. Gavin Hoyte only recently returned from a long-term injury. Meade went to left-back which meant Angha would partner Boateng at the heart of the defence. Ozyakup laid off Frimpong but his strike was very weak and didn’t trouble the Norwich goal. Great work from Luke Freeman who found room to shoot but his effort was saved by Ruddy but Watt was their to score the rebound. Sanchez Watt had now scored seven goals for the Reserves this season in eight games. Norwich won a late first-half penalty and Mattew Ball sent Almunia the wrong way to score from the spot kick.

Just before the half-time whistle, Frimpong tried from distance but it went wide and more good play from Freeman finding Watt but he dragged his shot wide of the Norwich goal. Arsenal made an early second-half sub which was Almunia going off for Sean McDermott in the Arsenal goal. Norwich went close to scoring a second when Ball’s shot went wide after good work from Loza creating the chance. Luke Freeman got around Rudd and went down but the referee waved away the penalty appeals.

McDermott made his first save of the match which was a comfortable one saving from Johnson’s effort. Chuks Aneke returning from injury made it four for Arsenal after finishing well.  Daniel Boateng got his second yellow card of the match and was given his marching orders. This meant Eastmond dropped back in to defence to partner Martin Angha. But Eastmond gave away a penalty late on which Francomb converted past McDermott to make it 4-2 to Arsenal Reserves.

A good victory for Arsenal Reserves who next play against Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves next Tuesday evening. Oğuzhan Özyakup has recently been adding goals to his game by scoring a brace today. Arsenal Reserves are now second in their league only two points behind league leaders West Brom Reserves.

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